Trying

We Can't Afford A College Savings Fund Because IVF Put Us In Debt

We just opened a savings account for our daughter. Being the responsible adults that we are, we figured our kid should have a savings for when she’s older, perhaps for graduation, or money for college or a wedding. Feeling the pressure of all my frie…
By Risa Kerslake

A Miscarriage Takes Longer Than You Think

Out of nowhere, I noticed a heightened sense of smell. I shook my head to clear it, but no luck. Alarm bells went off in my head, but I was so distressed from sleep deprivation, it didn’t yet register what that meant. The only other time my sense of …
By Jennifer McCue

No, Antibiotics Can't Affect You TTC, But They Can Impact Your Pregnancy

When you are trying to get pregnant, every month feels like a year. Not only does it involve a torturous waiting game, the venture requires lots of self-care and preparation. You want to make sure you stick to foods and activities that can increase y…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here's How Lightning Crotch Can Happen When You're Trying To Conceive

Pregnancy comes with so many fun, unexpected side effects, from a constant running nose, to such severe gas that you might as well be a tugboat for all the toots you emit. At some point in your pregnancy, you might notice something that's a hair more…
By Cat Bowen

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

Here's What You Need To Know About This Popular TTC Supplement & Its Safety

As a woman who's spent years of her life trying to conceive (TTC), I will tell you that I've read studies until my eyes cross, listened to every old wives' tale, and vigorously researched every potential roadblock or pathway to becoming a mother. I'v…
By Cat Bowen

The Challenge Of Navigating Pregnancy When Your Loved Ones Struggle With Infertility

The moment I saw those two pink lines on the pregnancy test six months ago, the first thing that crossed my mind was, "How am I going to tell my sister?" My oldest sibling is not only my beloved big sister — she's my best friend. Over the past severa…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's The Best Time To Have Sex If You Want To Get Pregnant

Trying to conceive (TTC) isn’t always as simple as merely having sex when you feel like it. For some women, yes, it happens that quickly. For others, it may take a bit longer and they may be wondering what they can do to speed up the process or up th…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

I Want Another Baby, But It’s So Hard To Schedule Time To Make One

My husband and I have been successful so far in planning our shared life milestones (and making them happen) ever since we got together eight years ago. We online dated for three months before meeting in person, waited five months before moving in to…
By Jam Kotenko

Here's What You Need To Know About The Causes Of PCOS & How To Treat It

When I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2013, I was stupidly trying to figure out if it was something I did wrong, whether it was my lifestyle choices, or even if it was hereditary. I didn’t think my mom had it, but back then, PCOS wasn’t really a "thing" …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's When You Should Have Another Baby, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

The decision to have a baby is as personal and complex as decisions get. If you're anything like me, you make a pro/con list, carefully weigh things like your health, your age, your family size, your fertility, and consider your finances. Then you se…
By Steph Montgomery

Getting Pregnant Might Mean Losing The Plus-Size Body I Love

For the last two years, I haven’t been my body’s biggest champion. I’ve gained 50 pounds. The stress of helping a parent get sober, a house purchase, and a new job got the best of me. But now, at 36, with talks between my husband and I about having a…
By Loren Kleinman

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

7 Thoughts Every Woman Who's Had A Miscarriage Thinks When She's Pregnant... Again

My reproductive history is a difficult one. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and a tilted uterus. My periods are painful, sex hurts, and my first pregnancy, labor, and delivery were complicated. I suffered two miscarriages trying to get preg…
By Candace Ganger

If You Want To Get Pregnant ASAP, Here's What Doctors Suggest

Patience may be a virtue, but one that is certainly lost on the woman who wants to have a baby. Whether you have only just begun or have been trying for quite some time, the truth is the process can be exhausting. All of the waiting, timing, scheduli…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

I've Had 3 Miscarriages But *Please* Keep Telling Me About Your Pregnancy

I can feel the tension the moment my friend announces her pregnancy. I can hear the forced nonchalant attitude she's willing herself to exude as she fishes for the ultrasound. I know why I was the last to learn that she was expecting; why she keeps l…
By Danielle Campoamor

Am I Too Old To Have Another Baby?

I didn’t think waiting until I was 30 to have my first baby would really matter. I mean, yes I would have liked to have started a family when I was in my mid-20s but it took some time to get a career going, get married, travel some and actually feel …
By Ambrosia Brody

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

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

5 TTC Moments That Almost Destroyed My Relationship

When you're trying to conceive (TTC) it can feel like your life revolves around ovulation cycles, pregnancy tests, and scheduled sex. All day, every day, you mark menstrual cycles and plan doctor visits and discuss implantation chances. It's all you …
By Candace Ganger