After Chelsea Pedley was diagnosed with endometriosis, she never thought she would be able to have children.
The 23-year-old personal trainer had spent almost two years in unbearable pain, allied transport prompting her to seek medical help 30 times in two years.
Eventually Chelsea was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis – a condition where tissue grows around the reproductive organs.
She was told the chances of her conceiving were ‘next to none.’
But, while she was waiting for the keyhole surgery to remove the cysts, Chelsea, who’s from Birmingham, was told she was pregnant with a ‘miracle’ baby.
In June 2021 she became mum to Iziah Hemus, who is now five weeks old, with partner, Troy Hemus.
‘I was heartbroken and depressed when the doctor said it would be a miracle if I conceive,’ says Chelsea.
‘I’ve always wanted to be a mum and it felt like my dream had been taken away.
‘Thankfully, my supportive partner Troy, who is also a personal trainer, helped me stay active and on track.
‘Eating a healthy diet and taking my vitamins along with exercise helped me mentally deal with the devastating news.’
Chelsea has always suffered from severe cramps and erratic periods, which often left her bed-bound.
She spent years going back and forth to doctors and eventually paid £200 to see a private specialist who diagnosed her with endometriosis.
In August 2020, Chelsea was rushed into the hospital and kept in for a month.
‘I could have a month with two periods then four days without then a period again. It is a nightmare,’ she says.
‘I was taken into hospital by an ambulance and kept in as I needed around-the-clock pain relief. I literally couldn’t move. It was horrendous.’
The following month, Chelsea was booked in for keyhole surgery called a laparoscopy.
She was sitting, prepped for surgery when the nurse – as part of the normal routine with this type of procedure – asked Chelsea to take a pregnancy test.
‘I was excited for the surgery but very anxious as the doctor said they might have to remove a fallopian tube,’ she says.
‘They asked me to do a pregnancy test to be sure but I never in a million years thought it was going to come back positive.
‘I was so shocked when the nurse came back and said, “congratulations.” I couldn’t believe it – I thought I couldn’t have children.
‘I rang Troy to pick me back up and he was in total shock.’
Chelsea had a smooth pregnancy as her symptoms were non-existent during the nine months.
Now, she is sharing her story to raise awareness of endometriosis.
‘Troy and I couldn’t imagine our life without Iziah now, he is our world,’ she says. ‘I am living proof that miracles do come true.
‘I was depressed about the diagnosis but I managed to pick myself up and change my mindset.
‘I think a healthy diet, regular exercise and speaking out helped me massively.
‘Being down has an effect on your body so I urge people living with this tough condition to speak to someone – even if it is me.
‘I am booked in for a laparoscopy soon and I don’t care if they have to remove some of my reproductive organs as I’ve already got everything I need.’
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