Episode 17: Playground Cult

Christa is a ballerina with her hair slicked back, Erica is aging backward thanks to a recent impulse purchase from Amazon, and Pineapple Studios is in a state of organized chaos. The girls push past the madness to share their odd experiences buying and selling on Facebook before getting an update on Erica’s ongoing quest for motivation.

Then it’s on to a topic more basic than Ugg boots, leggings and pumpkin-spiced everything…where to start when trying to conceive.

Episode 16: My Husband’s Hamster

Join the girls and their second guest, Erica’s dear friend Katie.

Katie kicks things off with a “have you ever” before they all share in what they love about the
fall season.

After that, it’s all about Katie, who shares her story, which includes years of infertility, multiple
rounds of IUIs and IVF, and the role religion can play in making the tough decision to pursue
fertility treatments.

Episode 15: Mittelschmerz

Erica uses her fake credentials to make an interesting self-diagnosis, and Christa realizes one of her purchases from Goodwill is rather deceiving. The girls mull over Erica’s new haircut and state fair experience (she got the cob of corn this year!) before shifting gears to Christa’s three-hour glucose test. Another Mother Mary story weaves its way into the mix, this time with her irresponsible decision to get tattooed eyeliner.

Then it’s all about the physical, emotional and financial strains infertility can take on relationships before rounding out the episode with a random conversation around football draft day.

Episode 14: Listerine

This episode starts with Erica sharing a story about retaliation while divulging a little-known secret about herself that she has managed to keep in “the dark.” Christa warns of the hidden dangers that come with a DIY spa day and her experience with the gestational diabetes glucose test.

With Erica’s last transfer coming up this fall, Christa gifts her some perfectly chilled motivation for the next phase of life in hopes it gives her something fun to look forward to. Then the girls spark a conversation on mentally preparing for fertility treatments and why it can often feel like a daunting task. Don’t worry, the girls brainstorm ideas to leave you inspired!

Minnesode 2: What NOT to Say

Listen to “Minnesode 2 – What NOT to Say” on Spreaker. Ali is back (YAY!), joining the girls for a heated conversation around the things you should NOT say to someone struggling with infertility. Show Notes https://www.verywellfamily.com/things-not-to-say-to-someone-infertility-1960012

Episode 13: Glitz, Glamour and Celebrity Infertility (Part 2)

Erica is fresh on the heels of her vacation to Oregon, filling us in on how her time was spent (spoiler alert: It includes VERY advanced puzzles), and Christa gives an update on a recent summer storm that tore the tree in her front yard to smithereens.

Then the girls continue with the topic of celebs who have come out of the infertility closet.

Episode 12: Glitz, Glamour and Celebrity Infertility (Part 1)

This week’s “Have You Evers” spawn a conversation about irrational fears. Erica prepares for her upcoming family vacation to the Oregon coast and shares the details of her recent experience at a MN county fair with a culture and vibe all its own. Then, inspired by the Netflix series, she walks us through her intense Marie Kondo-ing. Meanwhile, Christa acknowledges her severe constipation and questions her most recent Amazon purchase.

Then the girls cover the topic of celebs who have come out of the infertility closet.

Episode 11: Naked in Public

Dougie Fresh, “The Pouchless Wonder,” is in da house, and the girls revel in the excitement of recording with their new high-tech equipment.

Erica shares the implications of going back on Metformin, and Christa attempts to make her feel better with her most embarrassing story of all time. Then it’s on to the details of a recent double-date night out and Christa’s feelings of imposter syndrome being pregnant after years of trying.

With infertility being such a taboo and polarizing topic, the girls dish on the pros and cons of coming out of the infertility closet, complete with their very different personal experiences.

Episode 10: IVF 101

Erica takes TIP advice and goes all out for a family picture downtown without realizing what was behind her. Meanwhile, Christa tells us all about the “spirit art” that is still packaged in its original envelope for very good reason. The “ins and outs” of Erica’s intense smoothie regimen are talked over in great detail, including what she pours into the concoction. The most exciting news in Christa’s life toggles between her new three-ring inflatable pool and the burn on the roof of her mouth from a hot slice of pizza.

Then Erica cracks open her old IVF manual, and the girls give the ultimate rundown of the entire process, drawing on their own experiences and sharing things in a way only two seasoned IVF patients can. The conversation includes the “whats” and “whys” of IVF, paperwork, meds, stims, egg retrievals, genetic testing, ICSI, fresh vs. frozen transfers, embryo grading and assisted hatching.