Woman announces pregnancy with IVF needles to highlight how tough it can be to conceive

Mom-To-Be Shows Struggles of Infertility In Pregnancy Announcement

Macy Rodeffer is going to be a mom but it wasn't easy to get here.

As the Danville, Illinois, woman struggled to conceive for four years, she underwent surgery and took medication. Despite those efforts, she suffered three heartbreaking miscarriages.

So when she and her husband, Tyler, finally found out she was pregnant with their first child earlier this year, she wanted to share just how tough infertility can be.

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In a pregnancy announcement photo she posted to Instagram, Rodeffer placed a onesie and sonograms of her son inside a heart made from the tubes of pills and needles she used during IVF.

The photo has since gone viral and inspired an outpouring of support, she told InsideEdition.com.

"While my hope was to reach people with my story I never imagined that it would reach as far as it has," she said. "There has been so much love and support poured out for us, and so many people now sharing their stories because of it."

Rodeffer first learned she was pregnant in March 2012, but miscarried. Two more pregnancies followed, but each time she lost the baby.

"We found out after a couple of years that we were dealing with infertility," she said, adding that they later discovered she had severe Endometriosis and needed a large cyst removed.

After rounds of tests, she started IVF in mid-January and got pregnant. Their son is due in October.

While her photo shows piles of needles, they are just from one round of IVF, she said.

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Woman announces pregnancy with IVF needles to highlight how tough it can be to conceive
1st March 1969: Dr Robert Edwards with his team at Cambridge in the early days of research into in vitro fertilisation. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: Doctors perform a laparoscopy on a woman August 15, 1988 in preparation for in vitro fertilization. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
Louise Brown (top) from England, the first in-vitro baby born 15 years ago, hugs other children born with the help of in-vitro fertilization during a get together at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital to promote the program 05 October 1993. With Brown, from L to R, are Laura Valenti, 2, Phoebe Maddox, 2, and Monica Hendricks, 5. (Photo credit should read RACHEL COBB/AFP/Getty Images)
Nepalese nurses care for the countries first test-tube twin babies (C) at the In-Vitro Fertilization Centre of Om Hospital near Kathmandu 04 March 2005. Kumudini Koirala gave birth to twince baby boys weighing 2.7kg and 3kg respectively. The births came as good news for Nepal, which has been in a state of crisis since King Gyanendra seized power on 01February, and launched a crackdown on the independent media amid an increasingly deadly Maoist insurgency. AFP PHOTO/DEVENDRA M SINGH (Photo credit should read DEVENDRA M SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Lehman Best holds a photo of the couple's two healthiest embryos before in vitro fertilization at North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine in Cary on Friday, October 12, 2007. Best jokes about 'little Lehman and Lanelle' as he cradles the photo of the embryos. (Photo by Juli Leonard/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
NANTES, FRANCE - MARCH 23: Staff work in a hospital on March 23, 2011 in Nantes, France. The center of medically assisted procreation Hospital of Nantes is the first center in France to benefit from renting an Embryoscope for conducting an international collaborative study. The Embryoscope consists of an incubator to receive the embryo; in the incubator a microscope is installed to continuously visualize the development of the embryo on the computer screen. Instead of leaving the embryo in the incubator for observation under the microscope as it is today, this very high-tech equipment meets all the conditions necessary for its cultivation by guaranteeing a stable environment. Embryoscope is developed by the Danish company Unisense Fertilitech and should improve the chances of success of IVF. The center of medically assisted procreation from Nantes hospital performs each year about 1,100 attempts at in vitro fertilization, which places it among the top ten French centers. (Photo by Alain DENANTES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
A technician works on in vitro fertilization (IVF) for livestock in the genetic research and development center at the Blanca From The Pyrenees dairy farm, partnered with Ponderosa Holsteins, in Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Global production of milk, cheese and butter will rise to records this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"I definitely wanted to include our journey in our announcement somehow," she told InsideEdition.com. "About a year ago there was a woman who did a similar photo with her baby in the middle and that really sparked some inspiration in me. I said, 'yeah that's what I want to do.' For me it was a great way for me to communicate to friends and family who didn't get it."

By posting the photo, she wanted to highlight a serious problem that is sometimes dismissed, she said.

"What we went through, women everywhere go through. Infertility really is a serious thing. It's not an overreaction or 'oh I'm sad because I can't have what I want,'" she said. "It truly is a struggle. It's very serious to treat."

The response to the photo has been "overwhelming," she said. But while most feedback has been supportive, some people have questioned why, if she wanted a child so badly, she didn't adopt. She's thinking about it for the future, she said, but adoption is not an easy process, either.

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"With an average waiting time of three to seven years, and a price tag that often surmounts that of fertility treatments, it's a very difficult thing to do," she said. "We are lucky enough to live in a state that offers insurance assistance with fertility treatment, making IVF a realistic option for us at this time when adoption was not."

Rodeffer said her mother and cousin were both adopted and she would still like to adopt someday but "unfortunately it will just take more time than we'd like."

"The bottom line is that we don't know every detail of someone's story," she said. "When it's not easy for you to have children on your own there's really no easy road to it."

But one thing that was easy was how to announce the news to their loved ones. And buying the onesie -- which reads "Worth the Wait and Wait and Wait" -- that appears in the photowas a no-brainer too, she said.

"For me when I saw that, I knew that if I ever got pregnant I would order it," she said. "When you finally get that baby you've tried for for so long, it makes it totally worth it."

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