trying to conceive

5 Reasons You Should Download The 'Shine' App (In GIFs)

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Shine Period and Fertility Tracker is a new app created by our team at The Bump. You may already have (or probably should have) The Bump Parenting and Pregnancy app, targeted to, you guessed it, moms and moms-to-be. What sets Shine apart is that you don't have to be a parent --... Read more

Relieve TTC Stress With Summertime Fun

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Making a baby sounds like a lot of fun—and at times it definitely is—but it can also be pretty stressful. Luckily, there's no better time to unwind than summer. Here, the best ways to relax in the upcoming months. Get outside Spending time outdoors has been linked to lower rates of depression and anxiety, so plan some fun... Read more

10 Sneaky Ways to Hide the Fact That You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

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You're not totally ready to tell friends and family that you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, so how do you hide all your babymaking behavior? We asked other women what worked for them -- and here's what they said: "Tell your friends that you're on a diet and the easiest thing to... Read more

The Surprising Way That Charting Helped Me Get (and Stay) Pregnant

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I didn’t get pregnant quickly like I thought I would. Who knew that after years of trying to prevent pregnancy, I would actually have to try really hard? (Not me.) I’ve been pregnant five times and have two kids, and I’ve learned a ton about my body and conception along the way. Like most... Read more

Bumpie Tip of the Week: How I Got Through the Two-Week Wait

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You’ve tracked your ovulation, gotten it on with husband (a lot!), stocked up on pregnancy tests and now, you couldn’t be more ready for a BFP. But waiting another two whole weeks before finding out is killing you! Fortunately, Bumpies on the Trying to Get Pregnant board share how... Read more

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Tried Getting Pregnant

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Maybe I was naïve, but I thought getting pregnant was as simple as having unprotected sex, and I’d be a mom in nine months flat. We spent years trying to prevent pregnancy, waiting until we were ready and having panic attacks if my period was late. So naturally, once we stopped preventing -- boom! --... Read more

New Fertility Kit on the Market: Would You Try It?

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When friends Dr. Lara Oboler and Marjorie Goldner decided they wanted to journey into motherhood, the duo did not want to waste any time prepping for baby. After one month turned to two and then quickly to four, they started considering alternative ways to get pregnant. As the women struggled to conceive, they gave birth... Read more

Physical Activity: Does It Help or Hurt Your Fertility?

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New research appearing in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that a woman's reproductive functions may be tied to her immune status. While previous studies have found this same immune and reproductive association in men, this is the first time the association has been found in females. Beginning by speaking of animals in general,... Read more

Why Women Who Are Struggling to Conceive Should Never Hide It

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When you’re giving yourself a shot of estrogen in a Starbucks restroom or couch-bound for two days straight after being put under anesthesia to have 20 eggs harvested, it's hard not to feel like you are the only woman alive living through the pain of infertility. To make it worse, sometimes it feels like each... Read more

Khloe Kardashian-Odom Opens Up About Her Infertility Struggle

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In a teaser for the coming episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, it's little sister Khloe Kardashian-Odom who steals the show (and as usual, our hearts). The always outspoken, spunky and 100 percent daring Kardashian lets the light shine on her personal life and her struggle to conceive. While talking with her stepbrother, Brandon... Read more