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Trying to Conceive? Why You Should Share Your Story — and How to Do It

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I’m a firm believer in sharing your story with others. For my husband and I, it has been the recent struggle of trying to conceive (TTC) for a year and a half. Now I’m nine months pregnant and anxiously waiting the day I get to meet my little girl. But I don’t want to forget... read more

Should You Tell People You’re Trying to Conceive?

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It can be a trial to be trying to conceive. When my husband and I married, we had decided to wait a year before trying for a munchkin. One year and one month after tying the knot, I was staring at a positive pregnancy test! Since family knew that we were going to... read more

Getting Through the Two-Week Wait While Trying to Conceive

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Live for today. If I could go back and give myself advice two years ago, that would be it. It took my husband and me about a year and a half to conceive. After a few months of “let’s just see what happens,” the reality that this would take longer than we anticipated set in.... read more

Obsessive Worrying While Trying to Get Pregnant

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When there's something that you're looking forward to and desire, you just naturally think about it. You can't help it. Pregnancy is no exception. For me at least, when you're trying to get pregnant, it's on your mind all.the.time. It's like hoping that Christmas will be coming, but not being certain exactly when it... read more

Study Links IVF to Birth Defects

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When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF) there are potential risks: ovarian hyperstimulation syndromestress and, now, birth defects, but for some families, the fertility procedure may be their only hope for conception. This past weekend, researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition reported that  IVF may increase birth... read more

Scientists Discover New Fertility Treatment

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Infertility is an issue that, according to the CDC, affects 10 percent of  American women. A new Japanese study, however, may clue researchers in on a new way to reduce that number. In the study, scientists used blood and stem cells from mouse eggs to create eggs -- and the eggs produced healthy mouse... read more

Undergoing Fertility Treatments? You May Need to Try, Try Again

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If you're thinking about going through fertility treatments, you might need to do it multiple times to actually conceive. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women in their 30s and 40s who had fertility treatments were as likely to deliver babies as women who conceived naturally -- it... read more

How I Did Everything Right – And Still Had Trouble Getting Pregnant

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My husband and I did everything "right". We got married, we traveled, we saved money, we bought a house, and after five years of being married, we were ready to be parents on paper and in our hearts. We excitedly stopped using protection and assumed that would be enough to get pregnant and have... read more