New dad Stephen Greenwood, 55, from Montgomery, Powys, soon stopped sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ from a yeast ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. Which affected his fertility, after he gave up bread 10 months ago. Those who thought they would never have children welcomed a baby after the father removed bread from his diet. Doctors had previously told Stephen and Rachel Greenwood, from Montgomery, Powys.
They will never conceive and IVF will not work for them due to ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ problems. Rachel, 41, has ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀʏ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ, while Stephen, 55, sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴇsᴛɪᴄᴜʟᴀʀ ᴛᴏʀsɪᴏɴ as a teenager which left him with a low sperm count and he also has ᴅɪᴀʙᴇᴛᴇs, Wales Online reports. Ten months ago, the retired policeman gave up bread to treat his ᴅɪᴀʙᴇᴛᴇs and quickly realized he no longer had a yeast ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, which has affected his fertility.
Five months later Rachel couldn’t believe it when doctors revealed she was 21 weeks ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. The delighted couple finally welcomed the child they have been waiting for more than two decades on July 1 and are now lovingly becoming parents. Proud husband Stephen said: “My wife is absolutely ᴇᴄsᴛᴀᴛɪᴄ and I can’t stop crying every day. It’s just the most unbelievable feeling.
“I think I’ve retired from the ᴘᴏʟɪᴄᴇ and now I can spend every day at home with my son that is completely out of this world. ” I stopped eating anything with yeast in September, just cut it right out. Within two weeks, my infection was gone, and five months later, my wife was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. “It’s been a great miracle, I want to get it out there and tell people not to give up hope.
Everyone is different, our ʙᴏᴅɪᴇs change and you never know. “When Stephen and senior care worker Rachel met in 2000, they both wanted to be parents, but their personal health conditions made their dream of having children seem impossible. Rachel was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with polycystic ovary sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ not long after meeting Stephen, who had undergone sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ.
That affected his fertility after he sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴇsᴛɪᴄᴜʟᴀʀ ᴛᴏʀsɪᴏɴ when he was 18. Sadly, Stephen’s sperm count was too low for IVF to be performed, and with ICSI increasing the chances of ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ, the couple was left with no other choice. Stephen said: ‘We were desperate to have children together, but when we ran out of options, we just accepted that we would never be parents.
“It was devastating, but we accepted it and still enjoy our lives with just the two of us.” We have never taken any fertility ᴅʀᴜɢs so this was not part of the plan at all. “We had never used contraception since we were teenagers. Because we believed we would never have children, and then this miracle happened.” Rachel said: “When we first met, having a baby was a really big thing for us.
I’m only 19 years old and that’s a big thing for me. “But then when you’re told you can’t or probably won’t be able to have children, you just go do other things and get on with your life that you’re not a mother.” In February 2021, Rachel was hospitalized with kidney stones – a problem she regularly experiences due to her kidney ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ.
After her ᴀʙᴅᴏᴍᴇɴ began to swell and her nipples swelled, Rachel was sent to a specialist, who referred her for a CT scan over a period of several weeks. But when Rachel’s sᴛᴏᴍᴀᴄʜ ʜᴜʀᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ sᴋɪɴ ᴛᴜʀɴᴇᴅ ʏᴇʟʟᴏᴡ, Stephen decided they couldn’t wait for the CT scan and took her to A&E. When Rachel was admitted to the hospital and underwent ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ and urine tests before a kidney scan.
Stephen went to a nearby retail park to wait for his wife because he couldn’t wait in the hospital because of Cᴏᴠɪᴅ. Sitting down for coffee in a McDonald’s parking lot at Meole Brace Retail Park, he didn’t think one phone call was about to change his life forever. Stephen said: “Rachel called and said, ‘I have some news for you.’ I said, ‘oh that’s a kidney stone?’ “She said, ‘no, I’m ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ’.
“I said ‘you can’t be,’” she said, “I know, I told them there was definitely a mistake on the test.” While I was talking to her, I could hear my wife say “oh okay, okay” to a doctor, and I asked what was wrong. “She said, ‘I got the green light to go to Telford hospital, something’s wrong’.” Apparently I was very sᴛʀᴇssᴇᴅ, and then she called me from the back of the ambulance.
The ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ staff read the doctor’s notes and it appeared she was having an ᴇᴄᴛᴏᴘɪᴄ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. “I went home, heartbroken, crying, waiting to comfort my wife when she got home.” They took her straight to the hospital in Telford, where they performed a ʜʏsᴛᴇʀᴇᴄᴛᴏᴍʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ. “The nurse said, ‘Oh my god, you’ve got a beautiful, very active, very large 21-week-old baby boy and he will be born on July 16′”.
“I went from my knees to ecstasy, as you can imagine! It was a miracle.” Rachel said: “I’ve never had a regular period so I certainly would have never known that I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ, I just thought it was a kidney stone causing the ᴘᴀɪɴ.” the doctors said, so I try to go on with life without children. But it seems like good things come to those who wait! “We didn’t try so it came as a sʜᴏᴄᴋ – a happy sʜᴏᴄᴋ.
After 21 years of waiting for their baby, the sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ couple couldn’t believe they had finally fallen. Pregnant but delighted. The only change in their lifestyle is that Stephen gave up eating any products containing yeast in September 2020. The decision came after a six-year battle with diabetes that left Stephen with frequent yeast infections. During a visit to his chiropractor about back pain, the couple talked about Stephen’s yeast infections and he was advised to try giving up bread to combat them.
Thrush and other yeast infections are more common in people with diabetes because high sugar levels lead to better conditions for yeast to grow. Penile ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs can affect male ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ, make sperm weak, fragmented, and reduce viability during intercourse, which can reduce ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ. After Stephen got rid of the yeast completely, he was amazed to see his yeast infection go away completely and his lifestyle change could very well be the cause. to Rachel getting ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ after all these years.
“I have diabetes and have a lot of thrush and balanitis,” says Stephen. “I’ve lived with it for years, so bedroom stuff doesn’t happen very often.” a book on yeast infections and how our ʙᴏᴅɪᴇs can overload yeast quite easily. “I’m pretty careful about what I eat anyway, but I read the book and started thinking about how I got thrush.
I eat toast in the morning and sandwich at lunchtime and have a quirky pastry. “I stopped eating anything yeasty last September, just cut it out right away, and within two weeks my infection was gone and I never had it again, and five Next month, my wife is ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ.” They feel anxious throughout their ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ with the fear of ʟᴏsɪɴɢ the miracle. Stephen and Rachel finally welcomed their son earlier this month.
Baby Oliver arrived safe and healthy on July 1st through a 5lb 5oz planned ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and his delighted parents are settling into their new life as a family. “It hasn’t fully sunk in a few days,” Rachel said. I’m still scared when I look at this baby, thinking, oh my gosh, it’s mine. I don’t need to give him back because I’m keeping him for someone, he’s here to stay.
“He’s absolutely amazing, and Steve is awesome too.” I love being a mother. It was emotional to begin with – no one expected us to have him and he was very well looked after by our friends sending us gifts for him. “It’s overwhelming! It’s so weird to talk about, it all sounds so weird with the way it’s happened. We just say he’s our little miracle baby.
“We weren’t expecting him at this point in our lives, but he’s here and we couldn’t be happier.” “It was such a wonderful miracle that we wanted to share it to give hope to others,” Stephen said. My chiropractor called me when he found out Rachel was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ through a friend of mine. He’s 70, I’m 55, and we both cry together.
“It’s a great thing, I want to take it out there and tell people not to give up hope. You never know, everyone is different, our ʙᴏᴅɪᴇs change.” It was an unbelievable situation for Rachel because of her polycystic ovaries and approaching 40 years old with ᴍᴇɴᴏᴘᴀᴜsᴇ approaching. “I just wanted to share our news and make others as happy as I am.”