Kaeleigh MacDonald: Infertility, Sombreros and Living in the Present

There we were, extended bellies, an unbelievable need to pee thanks to babies pushing into our shrinking bladders and surrounded by various household objects that would supposedly give us comfort during labour (cough – they lie).

“What do you do?”

“I’m a blogger.”

“ME TOO!”

That’s pretty much how I recall my first meeting with Kaeleigh MacDonald at our Birth and Babies class. Kaeleigh’s blog, Unpregnant Chicken, is incredibly popular in the infertility world as she shares her experience trying to conceive.

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If you’ve spent more than one minute with Kaeleigh you know that she has an infectious sense of humour and will leave you laughing. It’s been a joy to get to know her, and I’m so pleased to have her on the podcast today.

We talk not just about infertility, but about having those hard conversations, empathy, mental health, 13 Reasons Why, being a stay at home mom, how career plans change and evolve, and what to do when you’re that person that likes to do a million things at the same time. 

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Books Kaeleigh Loves

big magic

Kaeleigh shares her love for Gilbert’s Big Magic. I’m also a huge fan of the book and wrote a review here.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is Gilbert’s TED Talk on Creativity.

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The Beauty Myth

Her Favourite Quote

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson

We also talk about Fertility Matters Canada, a cause that is very important to Kaeleigh, so I highly recommend you check them out.

You can find Kaeleigh on her blog, Unpregnant Chicken, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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Next podcast episode will be on Thursday, June 22, with Karen Gallagher-Burt, talking about her experience fostering over 40 children, a long-term marriage, community and more! To make sure you don’t miss an episode, subscribe on iTunes.

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