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Staying Healthy During Infertility

You have the stick on the bathroom counter but your back is to it because you aren’t sure you want to see what it says. This makes the umpteenth time that you have peed on a stick in three years and, though you really think this time is it, you just don’t want the disappointing confirmation...

pregnancy

Secondary Infertility Hurts Differently, but Just as Much

I was vaguely aware during my pregnancy that infertility would hurt a second time around, but I wasn’t fully prepared for just how much. I had enough awareness at the time that I can read now through my journals and old blog posts and see that I wrote, “I am so grateful for this chance to experience pregnancy,...

pregnant mom

Infertility: What Helps, What Doesn’t

I couldn’t believe how much it hurt. Just that one word, staring up at me from the yellow paper I was to hand to the receptionist at the doctor’s office: Infertility. I was in for a routine asthma visit and when I was asked, “Is there any chance you’re pregnant?” I snorted and said, “I wish!”...

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Does Adoption Make Infertility all Better?

Sometimes people hear of a couple that has experienced infertility and then gone on to adopt, and automatically think that the pain of infertility is magically gone now that there is a baby in the couple’s arms. While couples who have adopted have come to a peace and acceptance regarding their infertility, there is still a...

Mother breastfeeding a newborn baby boy

Breastfeeding: Are You Still a Good Mom, Even if You Don’t?

“Breast is best.” This is the motto of breastfeeding mothers everywhere. Unfortunately, there is also a strong opinion that comes with the above motto, “Breastfeeding mothers are the best moms,” giving moms who don’t breastfeed a burden of guilt that is absolutely unfair. While I am all about breastfeeding and will always choose that for my own...

pregnant mom

Are We Ready for a Baby?

The tug is there — that maternal instinct that longs to snuggle a newborn and breath in their scent. Does that mean it’s the right time to have a baby? Some people say that if you wait until you’re ready, you’ll never be ready. Kind of like marriage. But to me that seems to imply, “Even...

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All You Need to Know about Trying to Conceive (TTC)

You and your husband are finally ready. It’s time to start trying for a family! In the beginning it’s easy; you just stop birth control and have fun. But then the months start to pass by and you’re not pregnant yet. So you decide to put a little more preparation and planning into this whole trying-to-make-a-baby...

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What You Can Do to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

Have you and your partner decided to start trying for a baby? Getting pregnant isn’t simply a matter of having unprotected intercourse. How can you create the best possible conditions for a healthy pregnancy? Quit birth control, smoking, and alcohol First things first — before you look into how to get pregnant, you should take a...