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Getting through the 9 months of pregnancy after infertility and loss can be tougher than you might think. Plus, the impact our experiences can have on our parenting is beginning to be recognised. Up until recently the support for those finally pregnant and parenting has been limited.

The Finally Pregnant Podcast, with host Cat Strawbridge, aka @tryingyears (https://www.instagram.com/tryingyears/) on socials, is here to change that. You can also find out more @finallypregnant (https://www.instagram.com/finallypregnant/) .

Including stories from others who have or are going through their own pregnancies and are willing to share their anxieties along with what they've learnt, there will also be a host of experts sharing 'normal' pregnancy advice, but in this safe space.

Have a listen and do get in touch with any ideas for future episodes.

Finally Pregnant Cat Strawbridge (@tryingyears)

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 126 Ratings

Getting through the 9 months of pregnancy after infertility and loss can be tougher than you might think. Plus, the impact our experiences can have on our parenting is beginning to be recognised. Up until recently the support for those finally pregnant and parenting has been limited.

The Finally Pregnant Podcast, with host Cat Strawbridge, aka @tryingyears (https://www.instagram.com/tryingyears/) on socials, is here to change that. You can also find out more @finallypregnant (https://www.instagram.com/finallypregnant/) .

Including stories from others who have or are going through their own pregnancies and are willing to share their anxieties along with what they've learnt, there will also be a host of experts sharing 'normal' pregnancy advice, but in this safe space.

Have a listen and do get in touch with any ideas for future episodes.

    #73 USA's First IVF Baby - Elizabeth Carr

    #73 USA's First IVF Baby - Elizabeth Carr

    We’re here at the final episode of this season of the Finally Pregnant Podcast! Thank you for being here, I truly hope you are enjoying the episode and conversations. Please do head over and drop me a review if you can and also feel free to email me with any feedback, guest suggestions etc too. I’m all ears!


    If you follow me on insta you’ll know that we did finally make it on our hols! I share a little more about that in the episode and also mention my blog post on Toddler Travel Essentials. 


    For this last episode I want to especially thank my sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. Not only because they have made this series possible but also because they introduced me to today’s guest - Elizabeth Carr, America’s very first IVF baby!! 


    Elizabeth, who has been in the media since she was just 3 cells old, is a passionate advocate for those fighting for fertility rights and strives to educate and empower people based on her life experiences and expertise within the fertility world.


    As I say in our chat, I know all babies are precious but I also know just how incredibly precious the babies that we have had to wait for and in some cases fight to get here are. Babies like my little Wren. Talking to one of those ‘babies’, having an idea of how much her parents went through to get her. Well, it was very special for me and I truly hope you enjoy the moment too!


    If you are finally pregnant or parenting you can find out more about the support I offer at www.catstrawbridge.com/support.

    Thank you again to sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. TMRW has created the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management and care of the frozen eggs and embryos used in IVF. Find out more here.

    Much love,
    Cat x

    @tryingyears @finallypregnant

    • 37 min
    #72 Pregnancy after infertility and loss with Pippa Vosper

    #72 Pregnancy after infertility and loss with Pippa Vosper

    Welcome to the penultimate episode of this series of the Finally Pregnant Podcast. Huge thanks to all who have shared their stories and to you for listening! If you have enjoyed the podcast and haven’t yet left a review, now is your chance! 


    This week I’m joined by writer, presenter and brand consultant Pippa Vosper. 


    During our conversation Pippa shares her heartbreaking story of losing her second son Axel, an IVF pregnancy, in her second trimester. Pippa and her partner went on to have multiple rounds of IVF and she finally gave birth to daughter Audrey in Spring 2019.


    Pippa has done so much to raise awareness of babyloss and infertility, sharing her story in publications such as Vogue – where it was the most shared article. She has also recently brought together some heartbreaking and yet inspiring stories as part of her upcoming book Beyond Grief: Navigating the Journey of Pregnancy and Baby Loss, out August 2022.


    Preorder Beyond Grief here


    If you are finally pregnant or parenting you can find out more about the support I offer at www.catstrawbridge.com/support.

    Thank you to sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. TMRW has created the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management and care of the frozen eggs and embryos used in IVF. Find out more here.

    Much love,
    Cat x

    @tryingyears @finallypregnant

    • 41 min
    #71 Juggling Bipolar with TTC, loss and pregnancy

    #71 Juggling Bipolar with TTC, loss and pregnancy

    Huge thanks to this week’s guest, Emma Belle. Emma is a podcast host and, among other things, she is an advocate for Bipolar UK, having been diagnosed with the condition 11 years ago. Whilst living and managing her condition Emma and her other half Gareth have spent the last few years ttc. As you’ll hear they have been through a lot including fertility treatment, a miscarriage and in 2021 they terminated a pregnancy for medical reasons, losing their daughter Willow. Emma has since created TFMR Mamas.




    Find out more about Emma’s story by listening to the episode. 




    If you are finally pregnant or parenting you can find out more about the support I offer at www.catstrawbridge.com/support.

    Jump on a FREE call with me to find out more about the support I can offer!




    Thank you to sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. TMRW has created the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management and care of the frozen eggs and embryos used in IVF. Find out more here.

    Much love,
    Cat x

    @tryingyears @finallypregnant

    • 54 min
    #71 PCOS and finally pregnant with Vanessa Haye

    #71 PCOS and finally pregnant with Vanessa Haye

    This week I'm joined by writer and reproductive health advocate Vanessa Haye 

    Vanessa is also mum of 2 boys, the youngest being just 7 months old. Vanessa only shared she was finally pregnant after he was here safely, something she talks about during our chat. We also talk in detail about her experiences of having polycystic ovaries which seemingly went undiagnosed for years – something that it seems happens all too often!

    As promised in the episode, please see lots of links below.

    Huffington Post article about lack of finally pregnant care from fertility clinics
    Below the Belt Film
    VanessaHaye.com
    Jay Shetty - Think Like a Monk

    If you are finally pregnant or parenting you can find out more about the support I offer at www.catstrawbridge.com/support.




    Thank you to sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. TMRW has created the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management and care of the frozen eggs and embryos used in IVF. Find out more here.

    Much love,
    Cat x

    @tryingyears @finallypregnant

    • 45 min
    #70 Having an amniocentesis when finally pregnant

    #70 Having an amniocentesis when finally pregnant

    Join me for today's episode where I hear from Lisa Penny aka Fertilityism. Lisa is a qualified nutrition coach who specialises in women's health and fertility. Through her own experiences, she has a deep understanding and knowledge of boosting fertility naturally with the foods to nourish our bodies and why. I have to say I love Lisa’s philosophy centres on nourishment from within – I’m all about that!!




    Her work isn’t the reason we’re chatting though. Lisa, who is mum to 2 year old Milo, is finally pregnant following a natural loss and subsequent IVF treatment since having Milo. During this pregnancy, Lisa had an amniocentesis which is an invasive test you may be offered during pregnancy to check if your baby has a genetic or chromosomal condition. As you’ll hear this is something we explored when pregnant with Wren and when I was researching I couldn’t find too much about it so I’m really honoured that Lisa is sharing her story with us and I hope it helps you if you have or may experience this in the future, or simply because it’s good to know so you can understand and support others.

    A couple of things I mentioned in the episode and promised to link to.

    Wren's birthday presents
    ASDA shop
    8ft trampoline (affiliate link)

    NIPT Testing
    Episode explaining more about NIPT testing with Dr. Donna Fullerton, Consultant Clinical Scientist in charge of NIPT at Nottingham Universities Trust.

    If you are finally pregnant or parenting you can find out more about the support I offer at www.catstrawbridge.com/support.




    Thank you to sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. TMRW has created the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management and care of the frozen eggs and embryos used in IVF. Find out more here.

    Much love,
    Cat x

    @tryingyears @finallypregnant

    • 44 min
    #69 Finally pregnant as a black woman with Mardochee

    #69 Finally pregnant as a black woman with Mardochee

    Welcome to the latest epsiode of the Finally Pregnant Podcast where we hear from Mardochee who shares openly on her insta page @mermaidmaman that she is normalizing black women and infertility. Now finally pregnant, I’m honoured she has brought that conversation to the podcast. 


    Recognising that it is Pride month – Mardochee is a gay woman married to her wife Yvette - I also want to link to one specific post which I mention in the episode. 


    If any of the issues raised in our chat affect you please know that you are not alone. Please know that there are millions of people who want to change things and that if I can do anything to help progress that change I am here.

    As promised in the episode please find the link to the recent Five X More report. Please do put some time aside to read through it and give them a follow too!


    Huge thanks again to Mardochee for sharing her story with me. Please do go and give her a follow. Why not screenshot the episode whilst you’re listening, share it on your insta and tag us both right now!

    If you are finally pregnant or parenting you can find out more about the support I offer at www.catstrawbridge.com/support.




    Thank you to sponsors TMRW Life Sciences. TMRW has created the world’s first and only automated platform for the safe management and care of the frozen eggs and embryos used in IVF. Find out more here.

    Much love,
    Cat x

    @tryingyears @finallypregnant

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Ali Ralston ,

More than a podcast

This can be so much more than a podcast if you embrace all the opportunities Cat has to offer. If you do choose to just listen you will still feel part of a very loving and empathetic community that brings a level of understanding that really helped me process my own thoughts. Cat is open, honest and caring in her interviews and I would challenge anyone not to laugh when she laughs - she has the most infectious laugh. I have taken part in one of Cat’s live workshops and am currently enrolled in her Pilates and Yoga sessions which have offered me an extremely valuable opportunity to connect with others who have had shared experiences in their own fertility challenges. Thank you Cat for all the effort and time you dedicate to the podcast but also to everything else you have to offer. It really has helped me cope during my 32 wk journey (so far) in my pregnancy.

emily193&4) ,

Unique stories which need to be heard.

This podcast is a must for anyone who is pregnant after infertility. I’ve found the speakers on this podcast so varied and very useful in my own pregnancy and parenting journey. Cat is a wonderful host, who always talks with such empathy. Her own personal stories are inspiring to listen to.

Colmaj ,

Highly recommend

Cat is such a wonderful and inspirational person who is an important support to those who have come out the other side of IVF. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has gone through IVF and become pregnant.

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