A couple who tried for a baby for seven years were finally blessed with a baby boy – after experts told them to give up exercise and avoid wearing perfume.
Nicola Szymanowski, 38, and husband Mark, 39, from Bury in Manchester, spent £20,000 on ⒾⓋⒻ during an ‘utterly physically and emotionally ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛɪɴɢ’ ordeal trying to get ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. Along the way, Nicola, who for long spells spent day after day arriving at the ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ for 6.30 am appointments, sᴜғғᴇʀᴇᴅfour ᴜɴsᴜᴄᴄᴇssғᴜʟ ⒾⓋⒻ courses, and two ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs. It was only after a ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, at ⒾⓋⒾ Cʟɪɴɪᴄin Tamworth, advised the couple to make dramatic changes to their lifestyles – including telling Mark to give up his morning boxing sessions and Nicola to avoid perfume, that their dream came true. The couple welcomed 6lb 10oz Charles Henry John in May this year.
Nicola said: “The ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ said Mark doing strenuous exercise would lead to his body ʀᴇʟᴇᴀsɪɴɢ ᴇɴᴅᴏʀᴘʜɪɴs to repair the muscles, which could affect our chances. And she also said ᴄʜᴇᴍɪᴄᴀʟs from perfume or make-up would get into my ʙʟᴏᴏᴅsᴛʀᴇᴀᴍ, so I stopped using perfume. I even asked people who were coming to see me ɴᴏᴛ to wear perfume. It was an ʜᴏʀʀɪғɪᴄ journey, absolutely horrific. There were times when we were so low. But we finally got what we wanted. We were overjoyed when Charles arrived. We were very fortunate that Mark’s parents and my parents and step-parents helped us out with the bill. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”
Nicola added: “Without ⒾⓋⒻ we wouldn’t have our family. Science is amazing. The whole process was totally and utterly physically and emotionally ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛɪɴɢ. We had some really rough times, there were times when I ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ speak to people, and times when I ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ get out of bed. But now Charlie is here. He is a beautiful mixture of Mark and I, and is doing well.” Dr Lockwood, Consultant and Executive Director at ⒾⓋⒾ Midland, said: ” It is a pleasure to be part National Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ Awareness Week, helping to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of pivotal advancements in ⒾⓋⒻ. ⒾⓋⒾ Midland was the Cʟɪɴɪᴄthat welcomed the first baby born in the UK from a ғʀᴏᴢᴇɴ ᴇɢɢ, and the first baby born from ᴀ ᴠɪᴛʀɪғɪᴇᴅ ᴇɢɢ and so we’re keen to continue supporting UK ⒾⓋⒻ advancements.’