An Australian businesswoman who suffered six miscarriages has revealed she is now 19 weeks pregnant.
Keira Rumble, 30, who runs the health food business Krumbled Foods from the New South Wales Central Coast, lost the unborn children over a devastating three-year period.
During her last pregnancy, Keira was rushed in to hospital for life-saving surgery after a heterotopic pregnancy was discovered.
An Australian businesswoman who suffered six miscarriages has revealed she is now 19 weeks pregnant (Keira Rumble pictured pregnant)
Keira Rumble, 30, from Sydney, lost the unborn children over a devastating three-year period (pictured in hospital after her heterotopic pregnancy)
A heterotopic pregnancy is rare and involves a dual pregnancy with one pregnancy being ectopic – or in an abnormal place.
After the surgery, Keira was left with chronic pain that doctors dismissed as being adhesion pain from the operation.
But when it had not improved after 18 months and was accompanied by extreme swelling in her abdomen, Keira knew there was something more at play.
After the surgery, Keira was left with chronic pain that doctors again dismissed – this time as being adhesion pain from the operation, but she (pictured) knew something more was wrong
Bedridden and in huge pain, the 30-year-old returned to hospital, where she was eventually diagnosed with severe endometriosis.
‘They found endo everywhere,’ she said.
‘Over my bowel, my uterus, my ovaries. It came as a huge shock, but I had known something was wrong with me even when I was turned away.’
She added: ‘I felt a lot of shame, guilt and isolation for all of my losses, as all had an impact on my life, and some greater than others.
‘But I had known I needed to trust my gut in order to find out what was wrong.’
What is endometriosis?
* Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that forms the lining of your uterus grows outside of your uterine cavity. The lining of your uterus is called the endometrium.
* Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue grows on your ovaries, bowel, and tissues lining your pelvis. It’s unusual for endometrial tissue to spread beyond your pelvic region, but it’s not impossible. Endometrial tissue growing outside of your uterus is known as an endometrial implant.
* The hormonal changes of your menstrual cycle affect the misplaced endometrial tissue, causing the area to become inflamed and painful. This means the tissue will grow, thicken, and break down. Over time, the tissue that has broken down has nowhere to go and becomes trapped in your pelvis.
* Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition, affecting up to 10 percent of women.
* The symptoms of endometriosis vary. Some women experience mild symptoms, but others can have moderate to severe symptoms. Symptoms include painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen, cramps, infertility, pain following sexual intercourse and discomfort with bowel movements.
* This condition can disrupt your life if it’s left untreated. Endometriosis has no cure, but its symptoms can be managed.
Determined to have a child, last year Keira and her partner began IVF, as their last hope of conceiving – and Keira (pictured) was lucky enough to get pregnant in the first round
Determined to have a child, last year Keira and her partner began IVF, as their final hope of conceiving.
‘I went into our first round of IVF not expecting much,’ Keira recalled.
‘I have close friends who have done between nine and 10 rounds, so I was very much preparing myself for the first round to be a bit of a discovery round, to see how well my body responded to the medication.’
Before beginning the IVF, Keira said she was given a diagnosis of a blood clotting condition called Factor V Leiden, which gave the couple some certainty as to why they had been losing babies beforehand.
But it took Keira ‘off guard’ when she found out she was pregnant after the first round of IVF, and the businesswoman is now 19 weeks pregnant.
The Krumbled Foods CEO (pictured) decided to announce she was pregnant this time at nine weeks, because Keira said she was sick of feeling so ‘isolated’ while expecting
The Krumbled Foods CEO decided to announce she was pregnant this time at nine weeks, because Keira said she was sick of feeling so ‘isolated’ while expecting.
‘For me, pregnancies should be celebrated no matter how far along they are,’ she said.
‘We’re told to announce at 12 weeks, but if you unfortunately suffer a loss, it’s better people know because you have them mourning with you, rather than feeling isolated and alone.
‘I wanted to announce my pregnancy because it was my seventh pregnancy and I felt no matter what the outcome was, I needed to celebrate this little miracle.’
Keira has since been sharing regular updates about her first and second trimesters on her Instagram page, covering both the good and bad sides of being pregnant.
Keira (pictured) has since been sharing regular updates about her first and second trimesters on her Instagram page , covering both the good and bad sides of being pregnant
After her miscarriages and endometriosis diagnoses, Keira said she is urging all women to ‘follow and trust your gut’ if you think there is something wrong with your body.
‘The biggest moment of trusting my gut for me was in January 2019, when I had the heterotopic pregnancy,’ she said.
‘I was misdiagnosed for four weeks, which led to internal bleeding, my tube rupturing and me needing emergency surgery.’
Keira said before the surgery, she had been to hospital several times saying something was wrong, but she was repeatedly turned away and dismissed.
‘I was finally heard, but by that point it was too late and I needed emergency surgery,’ she said.
Now, if something doesn’t feel right – whether it’s in her business or personally – Keira said she is ‘quick to do something about it.
‘I always tell women to trust their gut, as if I hadn’t, I still might not know what was wrong,’ she said.
To find out more about Keira Rumble and to follow her online, please visit her Instagram account here.