The information you need to get pregnant in 2018.

Once You've Had Sex, Here's What Experts Say Can Help You Get Pregnant

There are plenty of myths floating around the internet about trying to conceive, so you're probably wondering — what should you do after sex to get pregnant? Some of the ideas out there not only lack scientific credibility — they're actually harmful.…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's Why You Don't Need To Avoid An Orgasm During TTC Sex

Sex is messy. This is a fact as clear as the sky is blue or that you will get your period if you wear white. How messy it gets is dependent on the couple, but it may have you asking questions like, "can your orgasm push out sperm during sex?" Because…
By Cat Bowen

Why Your Lube Choice Matters When TTC

When trying to get pregnant, there are a thousand rules to follow: track your ovulation, time sex just right, put your legs up after getting hot and heavy, and so forth. But no one ever warns you that in following all of the steps, you will reach day…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, You *Should* Pee After Sex — Even If You're Trying To Get Pregnant

When trying to conceive, it's common to implement some old wives' tales you've heard in order to get a positive result on the pee stick. There are many myths about increasing the odds of getting pregnant, from wearing socks when doing the deed to hav…
By Michele Zipp

Here's How Often You Should Have Sex To Get Pregnant

A couple's decision to try to welcome a baby into the family is a big one, often the result of months of planning and conversation. So when the time is finally right many couples hope to make the wait as short as possible, frequently asking, "How oft…
By Shannon Evans

Trying To Conceive Sex Can Be Overwhelming — Here's How To Keep It Fun

If you've been trying to conceive for more than a blink, you know how quickly the bedroom can go from feeling like a place of exciting intimacy to feeling like a fertility clinic. Enjoying love and romance with your partner is incredibly important, n…
By Shannon Evans

Turns Out, Your Favorite Childhood Drink Can Be Really Helpful When You're TTC

When I was trying to conceive (TTC), I tried every old wives' tale and “tip and trick” in the book, no matter how weird they seemed. Since it took a while to happen, I figured it wouldn’t hurt. When I finally got pregnant, I was taking Mucinex and a …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

If You're Chugging Grapefruit Juice For Your Fertility, Here's What You Should Know

When I was trying to conceive, I would spend time lurking around online fertility forums to find successful fertility remedies and tips, and I would actually pay attention when my family and friends would offer their own snake oil type cures. I was …
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here's What Experts Really Think About Drinking Green Tea To Help You Get Pregnant

If you've been trying to get pregnant for what feels like forever, you might wish for a magic potion right about now. Preferably an easy to find, not-too-expensive potion. Like green tea? The trying to conceive (TTC) boards are all over the place on …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Charting Your Fertility Isn't As Difficult As You Think

Whether you are trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid pregnancy through natural methods, it is a good idea to get familiar with your body’s cycle. Tracking your period and menstrual cycles is a start, but there are a few other ways to get in tune…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

These Are The Best TTC Apps, According To Real Women Who Use Them

If you’re trying to conceive (TTC) in this day and age, it seems like having an app is a given, especially if you’re tracking your cycles. Choosing the right app can be pretty overwhelming though. How are you supposed to know which one is worthwhile?…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

If You're Looking For Vitamins To Help You Get Pregnant, Here's What Experts Suggest

Moms are pros at knowing the best tricks for a whole slew of things. From frozen marshmallows for a bruised knee to using a shoe organizer for craft supplies, mom hacks are aplenty. So when it comes to getting pregnant, it’s no wonder that you start …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

9 Daily Habits That Can Seriously Improve Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant

While TV and movies often make it seem like all couples need to get pregnant is to look at each other funny, the reality is that it often takes up to a year for fertile partners to make a baby. That means patience and a positive attitude are crucial…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Cervical Mucus Comes In Stages — Here's What Each One Means

Your vagina is like a hard working factory with all its goings on. It not only alters itself to have a baby, but the very fluid that coats the walls of your vagina also changes itself to adapt to the needs of your cycle. The shifts in this mucus are …
By Cat Bowen

The Science Behind That Whole "Cough Medicine Helps Your Cervical Mucus" Theory

I'll admit that when I was trying to conceive, I went through roughly a bazillion Mucinex strips. (Not necessarily recommended.) I was told that if I took them, it would make my cervical fluid thinner and help me get pregnant. Is that true, though? C…
By Cat Bowen

Here's Where You Are In Your Cycle If You Have Watery Cervical Mucus

It's a shame they don't teach preadolescent girls to understand their bodies' fertility signs instead of just passing out pads after going over diagrams on protected sex. I didn't learn to read the signals of my own body until adulthood, and it has b…
By Shannon Evans

Everything You Need To Know About Tracking Your Cervical Mucus

Learning to read your body's fertility signs can be a daunting process; almost like taking up a brand new hobby or unfamiliar college course. Once you get past the initial learning curve, it becomes much easier for most women, but you have to stick w…
By Shannon Evans

6 Things You Can Try To Make Your Cervical Mucus More Fertile

Cervical mucus (CM) is a major part of trying to conceive (TTC). It helps you chart your fertility during your cycle, and it helps those little swimmers get to where they need to go to fertilize those eggs. The texture and amount of your CM determine…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Deal With Taking Hot Baths While Trying To Conceive

At least in the south, old wives' tales are considered fact by the general population — especially because we wouldn’t dare talk back to our mamas. During my trying to conceive journey (TTC), I’ve been told to tell my husband to not take hot showers …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

What Experts Want You To Know About Smoking While TTC

The decision to have a child is accompanied by lifestyle changes before, during, and after your pregnancy. Some women decide to forego things like coffee or alcohol before they even start trying to conceive while others wait until the positive pregna…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here Are 5 Favorite Things You Can Still Do While TTC, But Not While Pregnant

Let's be honest, there is a ton of stuff you're told you have to give up while you're trying to get pregnant. Everything from your nightly bottle of beer to your favorite lubricant. It's hard to wade through all the no-nos of the period before you ge…
By Cat Bowen

Turns Out, Prenatal Vitamins Are An Important Part Of TTC

After many hours of discussion with my husband, and finally getting up the nerve, when it was time to tell my OB-GYN that we were ready to start trying to conceive, the first thing they mentioned was that I should start taking prenatal vitamins. My f…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Apparently The Rules About Alcohol While Trying To Conceive Are Really Tricky

When you're trying to conceive, anything that helps you relax suddenly seems mandatory — baby making is stressful business. You're always tracking something, examining mucus like a Nancy Drew vagina detective, and you just want to take the edge off. …
By Cat Bowen

If You Think You *Felt* Yourself Conceive, Here's What Experts Want You To Know

You've spent many years trying not to get pregnant — a late period or a strange sensation in your abdomen was cause for alarm. Now you're ready to have a baby and everything is different. You track your monthly cycle and dutifully have sex on the day…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's What Catching A Cold After Ovulation Could Actually Mean

When I was trying to conceive (TTC), it got to the point where I was obsessing over every little symptom and hoping and praying it meant I was pregnant. I searched online for all of the bizarre pregnancy symptoms that could happen and devoured messag…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

I Tried The Toothpaste Pregnancy Test, & It Worked, Sort Of

When it comes to taking a pregnancy test, the options can be a little overwhelming. There are so many on the market these days (and some of them can get fairly pricey). When I was trying to get pregnant, I remember standing in the CVS aisle, wonderin…
By De Elizabeth

Pregnancy Symptoms Can Happen Fast, But Here's When To Really Expect Them

Whether you're pumped to experience the first sensations of pregnancy or already dreading the discomfort, you probably want to know what to expect, and when. How early do pregnancy symptoms start anyway? According to the American Pregnancy Associati…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

11 Signs You May Be Pregnant (Besides A Positive Pregnancy Test)

Ah, the dreaded two week wait. When you’re trying to conceive, there’s nothing quite like the time between ovulation and your potential period as you’re anxiously excited while constantly on edge, monitoring every single symptom you feel in your body…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

You May Feel Pregnant Before Your Missed Period, & Here's Why

When people say "life is about the journey, not the destination," they aren't talking about pregnancy. This is one situation in which the outcome is definitely the point and the journey can be a mixed experience. On the one hand, you and your partner…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Here's The Step-By-Step Of How IUI Goes Down

As young women, we are often told that we can do anything we want to do as long as we try our hardest, but when it comes to getting pregnant, that's just not how it works. Luckily, for women who struggle with getting pregnant naturally, science has s…
By Shari Maurer

Here's What You Should Know About Artificial Insemination

If you want to get pregnant, but need to make it happen sans penis or you and your partner are experiencing fertility issues, you might consider find yourself considering artificial insemination. While this procedure is often done in a clinic or hosp…
By Steph Montgomery

Everything You Need To Know About The Costs Of IUI, According To An Expert

Dealing with infertility is difficult enough, but when it comes time to look at the costs of fertility treatment, it can feel really unfair. After trying to get pregnant without success, many patients turn to artificial insemination or intrauterine i…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's What Getting Pregnant Naturally *Really* Means, According To An Expert

Oh, just relax, it will happen. Why are you obsessing? The second you stop ‘actually trying’ you’ll get pregnant. Just calm down and let it happen naturally. Why are you taking ovulation tests, charting your cycle, and checking your cervical mucus? I…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

If You're Worried About The Pain Of IVF, Here's What Experts Want You To Know

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most fruitful scientific procedures ever created. It helps women, who are otherwise struggling with infertility, to get pregnant under the care of a fertility specialist. If you are interested in getting IVF…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here's How Getting Pregnant Can Be Impacted By The Stress Of Trying To Conceive

If you're trying to conceive, you know it isn't as easy as your middle school sex ed class made it seem. Before you start, you have to pick out a prenatal vitamin and adjust your habits (quit smoking if you're a smoker, lower your caffeine intake, ab…
By Elizabeth Helen Spencer

13 Things No One Will Tell You About Getting Pregnant After A Miscarriage, But I Will

I spent the majority of my adolescent and young adult life, actively trying to avoid getting pregnant. Until you're ready, willing and able to have a baby, a pregnancy is somewhat of a "bad" thing that you don't necessarily want to experience. I didn…
By Danielle Campoamor

What Experts Really Think About Telling People Who Are TTC To Just "Relax"

When I was trying to conceive (TTC) — and it was taking forever — the most frustrating thing I would hear from everyone was, “Why don’t you just relax?” or “It will happen when you relax and stop trying.” And as infuriating as that was to hear, becau…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Misconceptions About Infertility That Need To Be Cleared Up

National Infertility Awareness Week helps to open up a dialogue about infertility and how it affects people nationwide. And, as part of evolving discussion about baby-making, there are misconceptions about infertility that need to be cleared up even …
By Jill Di Donato

9 Things To Know About Trying To Conceive After Miscarriage

Even though miscarriage is still considered a taboo topic, the reality is that it happens frequently and sometimes for completely unknown reasons. Each couple that goes through a pregnancy loss has a different experience, and may or may not know why …
By Sarah Hosseini

Everything You Need To Know About Secondary Infertility

You've already had one happy healthy child, and when you're ready, you may decide it's time to add another bundle of joy to your family. So if you've had one baby, it should be easy to have another, right? Not always. Many women face difficulties in …
By Mishal Ali Zafar