Like most moms, I love Instagram. A few times a day I'll turn my brain off and scroll through a happy feed of coffees and babies and puppies, for at least a minute or two, while my baby naps. I love seeing images of friends from far away, and I love watching hilarious Insta stories. But if I have to be honest, there are so many reasons why Instagram is the worst when you're trying to conceive (TTC).
I fully admit, now that I'm a mom, that I'm part of the problem that made scrolling through Instagram so hard when my partner and I were trying to start our family. I used to be scrolling through Instagram photos of cool European cities or coffees with the perfect pour, and so often I'd hit a pregnancy announcement and commence a day-long argument with myself. Yes, I was happy for them. I love babies! More babies in the world, yay! And yes, I was bummed for myself all over again that I didn't have the same announcement to make.
When my husband and I were at the beginning stages of trying to start our family, I used to daydream about the day I'd get to make the announcement that we were finally joining the club. Usually, it was enough to distract myself from that inner battle of happy versus sad that seemed to always reappear thanks to Instagram.