Jess Southern Shares Insight on Her IVF Experience

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Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jess Southern (Jessica Payne) has been sharing her In vitro fertilization (IVF) Experience with fans on Instagram and YouTube and moms-to-be are loving it!

Earlier this year, Jess shared her pregnancy announcement with a darling photo of her and hubby Logan.

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The Pregnancy Announcement

“Baby wants baby gets in August 2018!!💗💗💗💗 y’all our hearts are beyond overjoyed with our little girl miracle… I’m officially in my 2nd trimester and I will go into everything that happened on another video as we thought we had lost her and I was on bed rest for three weeks…

So even after we got pregnant it wasn’t easy for us, it was very scary. i cried the day before we shot these because i didn’t know if we would ever be able to…

IVF was easier for us than most and we know we have God to thank above anyone else. This is why i was hesitant about posting my YouTube videos, it wasn’t easy and it was the hardest thing we have ever been through. However, I cannot begin to complain or compared to those of you that have had multiple cycles and years of IVF.

My heart is with you all and i hope you keep the faith like we did.. i hope my videos i filmed before we knew we were pregnant help in some way. God sent us our miracle i prayed to every night. I used to ask God for a baby, I stopped doing that and knew that he would give us her in time, So I started praying to them and saying I know you’re up there baby and hanging with God and my papaw and when you are ready we are ready for you. This was what helped me those months of negative tests….

Our sweet girl was our strongest embryo and we have a boy next and another girl we will hope to be blessed with as well…#ivfsuccess #ivfjourney 📷 @thestudiomagnolia #speakendo

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“IVF was Our Only Option”

Jess has also shared her first video on Youtube stating “This was hard… This video or series of videos I have debated on putting out there! After my friend Ashley talked me into it I decided she was right and I needed to. This is part 1 of our story and how IVF For us was the only option. I pray that these videos will help other couples going through the same thing or make one girl go and get checked at the doc.”



In vitro fertilization (IVF) Tips

This past week Jess shared a heartwarming Instagram post about her experience with IVF and her best tips for expecting mothers. After reading through her story, I felt compelled as a mother to share her tips with other mamas out there in need of IVF tips and support.

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Can’t believe it’s been 5 weeks without shots today!! This was from my 13 week ultrasound when she finally started to look like a baby instead of a teddy graham 😂 we are week away from being halfway there! I wanted to share these tips with my #ivf girls who are getting ready for a transfer.. they sound crazy but I did them and it worked on first try!

  1. After they insert embryo, lie down for 30 min with feet elevated. No pee for 30. And go home, eat and rest!!
  2. Take bed rest for 4 days (long enough for the embryo to stick
  3. Always wear socks. Warm feet, warm belly, warm baby to make it feel like home
  4. Nothing cold to drink. Room temp or warm Only! Sounds crazy but when you drink your belly gets cold and you want everything warm
  5. I didn’t shower for 3 days.. only got up to pee.. you can overheat the embryo in the shower
  6. After day 3/4 on bed rest I did “active bed rest” where I would take a shower, make dinner and then sit. No gym, no going out nothing.. 7. No stress.. watch Netflix
  7. I ate lots of pineapple and other fruit. No fast foods.. this was coldest thing I ate. Everything else was warm
  8. Take prenatal and treat everything as if you were pregnant. During this time I switched to natural everything!! And I mean everything!
  9. I put this last but it’s most important.. pray. Every night, pray to God that he takes care of your baby and pray to him that if this isn’t meant to be to show you strength.. it’s hard for ivf girls because for those 6-10 of waiting we are pregnant in our mind.. and if it doesn’t stick it’s heartbreaking because we knew something was in there.. so pray girls that god will have your back and know when it’s the right time, and the right embryo to make you a parent.. never give up faith no matter how many times.. and know that science is amazing but Without faith in God all the science doesn’t matter. #ivfsuccess #ivfjourney #19weekspregnant

P.s my doc gave me most of his list except like 1 or 2 things!

More Woman Using IVF than ever Before

According to In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is 85% more likely to succeed than it was in 1991, and the number of cycles being carried out in a single year has increased tenfold in that time. This is according to new research published by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

The organization added that it has also seen growth in the use of donated eggs and sperm, as well as greater success rates when using frozen eggs, sperm and embryos.

Want to keep up with Jess and Logan’s IVF story? Follow her on IG: @jesssouthern. If you have any IVF tips that you’d like to share with The Smother Mother community email me at

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Katelyn isn't a regular mom. She's a cool mom and creator of The Smother Mother.

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