The turtle carries the world on its back, a symbol of creation and motherhood. Turtles are a symbol of fertility and vitality. Turtles are known for totems from protection, which can be helpful in maintaining a pregnancy. In the Native American culture the turtle is the oldest symbol for Mother Earth. In the Polynesian culture the turtle symbolized fertility and a long life. In the African culture the turtle originated ju ju and appears in fertility rites.
When we were trying to get pregnant, my friend would send me “fertile turtles.” The hope was that they would bring us luck every month in our journey to conceive. This is similar to “baby dust.” Wishing baby dust on a couple is a way of wishing them luck on conceiving.
Do we get to a point in our journey where we need luck? I think we get desperate for luck. Babies are a blessing, we want to be blessed. I wanted turtles, baby dust, prayers, yoga, meditation, diet, good vibes and essential oils. I would Google search everything. How can I get pregnant and how can I stay pregnant. I would even research fertility facts for my husband. You become obsessed. The obsession makes you feel like you are in control, and sets your mind to achieve pregnancy.
I still love turtles. My husband took me to the Florida Keys for a vacation before my hysterectomy. It was our last month to conceive. We went to a turtle hospital. It’s a rescue, rehab and release hospital. I have heard some cultures believe that the top of the turtle shell represents heaven, and the bottom of the shell represents the earth. Turtles move slowly and can live up to 150 years. Sea Turtles were apart of my rehab. We got to witness a release before our flight back home. The turtle was rehabilitated and on its way back home into the ocean, she swam away and never looked back. She was beautiful. Her name was Fiona. I hope Fiona lives a long life, and has many babies.
If you know a woman or couple going through the process of IVF, IUI, a medicated cycle or the two week wait, send them a gesture of hope. Send them your love, prayers and support. If they don’t want to talk about it, send them a little container of glitter that is a gesture of baby dust, or a bracelet with a little turtle on it. Pick something that is a daily reminder of positive love for the journey to have a family.