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IT’S NORMAL TO LOSE YOURSELF
IN SEARCH OF A BABY

My husband and I both wanted children, and after we got married we decided it was time to try. At OBGYN check-ups I was always reassured I would conceive easily. Everyone does, right? How many friends get pregnant by accident, on holiday, the first month they tried? (Reality: only fun conception stories get shared.)

We knew it could take a bit longer than desired, but we expected it would happen fairly quickly. Getting a BFP became my sole mission in life. I would go from hopeful (another cycle, another chance), to hopeless and angry when AF showed up.

After an exhausting year of frustration and tears and BFNs, we did some tests. My uterus lining was the problem and treatment options were limited. This was my lowest. It broke me. I was useless, less of a woman, not worthy, and a teary mess. My husband gave me the space and support I needed to find my way again and that’s when we started fertility treatment, or phase 2 of conceiving. A much more intense version of phase 1, littered with hospital visits, check-ups, shots, pills, procedures and the demoralizing “your lining is still too thin”.

My husband needed a moment to understand how to support me and my emotions in this new chapter of our journey. At first, he thought I was too emotional, too negative. Articles about female infertility/difficult conceiving written by husbands helped him and he was once again as supportive and involved as possible.

After 2.5 years of trying, I went in for my beta test. A few hours later the nurses at our fertility clinic blew up my phone. The transfer had worked. I was pregnant! I don’t think I ever felt so much all at once, I can’t even put it into words. I called my husband at work and just sobbed “It worked!”.

Looking back, for 2.5 years I had existed but not lived. But I existed with a resilience I never thought I had in me.

I chose to share the journey with family and friends. To manage expectations and avoid constant baby-related questioning. To educate others on the difficulties of conceiving and of fertility treatment. To help someone else feel comfortable enough to speak about their own journey.

It’s normal to lose yourself in search of a baby. The longer it takes, the more it consumes you, but you can and should try to find your way back to who you are, and who you and your husband are regardless of a baby. Also, set yourself realistic goals and manage your expectations as well as everyone else’s. Remember the most sensitive of relatives and friends won’t understand what you’re going through, unless they also lived it. Help them understand so they can support you better.

Chiara, USA (2020)

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RIGHT NOW I FEEL?
  • Empowered
  • Excited
  • Relieved
  • Not sure
  • Worried
  • Frustrated

Here is how we all feel right now:

  • Empowered
  • Excited
  • Relieved
  • Not sure
  • Worried
  • Frustrated
MY AGE?
  • UNDER 30
  • EARLY THIRTIES: 30 - 34
  • 35 PLUS BUT NOT 40 YET
  • 40 SOMETHING AND FABULOUS
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TRYING FOR A BABY?
  • I’M TRYING FOR A BABY
  • I HAVE MY DOUBTS
  • MAYBE SOMEDAY, NOT ON MY MIND RIGHT NOW
  • NOT FOR ME
SO FAR, I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR…
  • I’M JUST CONSIDERING IT
  • JUST RECENTLY STARTED
  • LESS THAN 6 MONTHS
  • MORE THAN 6 MONTHS
  • 12 MONTHS OR MORE

Did you know that 1 in 5 couples take more than 12 months to conceive?

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg156

I AM NOW….
  • TRYING FOR MY FIRST BABY
  • PROUD MOM OF ONE, GOING FOR SECONDS
  • TRYING FOR OUR THIRD
  • Why stop at three?

Did you know the total fertility rate in the US was estimated to be 1.73 in 20181? This is the lowest recorded since the 1950s

1Pew Research Center: 2019

DID YOU EXPERIENCE A MISCARRIAGE?
  • NO, BUT IF IT CAN HAPPEN I WOULD RATHER KNOW MORE
  • NO, I CAN’T SEE IT HAPPENING TO ME
  • YES, I’VE HAD MORE THAN ONE
  • YES, I HAD ONE

Having a miscarriage is a sad experience and sometimes there is no explanation as to why it’s happened. The fact is that miscarriage is possibly more common than you think with 10-25% of pregnancies ending miscarriage. It may be comforting to know you’re not alone.

www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/miscarriage/ (accessed 2020)
If you need more support or information visit www.americanpregnancy.org

SOMETIMES I FEEL UNDER PRESSURE ABOUT GETTING PREGNANT FAST…
  • NO, GOING WITH MY OWN FLOW HERE
  • ABSOLUTELY! WHEN I SEE ALL THE BABY BUMP POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
  • SOMETIMES, WHEN MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY TRY TO BE EXTRA SUPPORTIVE
  • CELEBRITIES… ARE THEY BUNNIES?

Up to 43% of women said it took longer than expected to get pregnant1. If you want to speed things up it may help to know that there are only a few days each cycle when you can get pregnant and using an ovulation test can help identify your most fertile days.

You will find some tips to help you maximize your chances of getting pregnant at the end of this survey.

1 Study of 5000 women in US, UK, Germany, Spain and China (2016)

SO FAR TRYING FOR A BABY FEELS…
  • EXCITING!
  • LIKE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
  • LIKE SEX HAS BECOME A FULL TIME JOB
  • I’M NOT SURE YET
  • LIKE FOREVER
  • LIKE I’M PARANOID ABOUT SOMETHING BEING WRONG
  • I’D RATHER NOT SAY

This is how many women answered just like you:

  • 14%
  • 25%
  • 7%
  • 7%
  • 15%
  • 31%
  • 1%
  • EXCITING!
  • LIKE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
  • LIKE SEX HAS BECOME A FULL TIME JOB
  • I’M NOT SURE YET
  • LIKE FOREVER
  • LIKE I’M PARANOID ABOUT SOMETHING BEING WRONG
  • I’D RATHER NOT SAY
After this survey I feel...
  • Excited
  • Empowered
  • Not sure
  • Relieved
  • Frustrated
  • Worried
WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS SO FAR ABOUT HAVING A BABY?
  • MY CAREER
  • MY AGE
  • MY PARTNER
  • HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE
  • CAN I DO IT ALONE
  • I’D RATHER NOT SAY

Thank you for being part of #Conceivinghood.

No matter what stage of your journey you’re in, we’re here to help you along the way.
Take a look at this little checklist to help you out:

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No matter what stage of your journey you’re in, we’re here to help you along the way.
Ready to get pregnant? Get ready with:

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Thank you for being part of #Conceivinghood.

No matter what stage of your journey you’re in, we’re here to help you along the way.
Besides the things you’re already thought of:

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Did you know that 80% of women say they want to achieve their personal goals before trying to get pregnant?

Prior E, et al. Human Fertility (2018) 15:1-8

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Did you know that 47% of mothers in 2018 were aged 30 years and over? And the average age of a man becoming a dad is 31 years?

https://www.marchofdimes.org/peristats (accessed 2020)
Yash S, et al. Human Reproduction (2017) 32: 2110-16

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Did you know that in up to 50% of cases in which couples can’t get pregnant, it is in some way due to men.

Kumar N, et al. Journal of human reproductive sciences (2015) 8(4)

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In the first year of trying up to 50% of women worry about the time it is taking them to get pregnant.

Study of 5000 women in US, UK, Germany, Spain and China (2016)

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Did you know that since 2018 the number of lone parent families has increased by nearly 26% over the last decade?

Office for National Statistics. Families and households: 2018

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