Trying to Conceive

The road to parenthood starts even before you conceive and a little support can go a long way.

Whether you're just starting to think about a baby or have been trying to get pregnant for awhile, this is a safe space to discuss and ask questions along your journey.

Could I be pregnant??

Hello!! My husband and I are ttc. So far this month I am 5 days late on my period. 🤞 I have been nauseous, super tired, running to the bathroom constantly, had dull cramps, and my temperature has been around 99.6-99.8. I have tested and got negative but I know some people don’t get a positive until later than others. I’m trying to stay positive but I’m starting to have doubts. What do you guys ... More

  • Sara
    May 16

    If you haven't gotten your period yet then it's still a possibility that you may be pregnant. Are your periods normally very regular or do they vary? If they are normally very regular than being 5 days late seems to indicate a pregnancy. Try a different brand of pregnancy test that's more sensitive.

  • Gray
    May 17

    My periods have always been really regular. I have used a couple different tests including frer and all negative. I’m thinking I’ll get through the weekend and if there’s still no answers I’ll call obgyn

Baby #2!!!

We have our first appointment with the fertility doctor to start trying to have baby #2 at the end of the month! So excited!

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Apr 30

TTC #2 After Paragard

Looking for some insight from others who had the Paragard (copper) IUD. We are TTC Baby #2. The first day of my last period was 3/23. I had my IUD removed on 4/10 on presumably the first day of my fertile window. My period was supposed to start on 4/29. I see no signs of it coming and I had a negative HPT yesterday with first morning urine. Anyone else have a late period after Paragard removal?... More

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Apr 20

Does trying to have a second child make you subconsciously feel like a sperm donor?

Not sure if this is a unique thought process, but my wife and I have been trying to have another baby for a couple of months now. Maybe I’m crazy, but this whole process makes me feel like I’m just part of the process. It’s very unromantic, and one so far is such a handful. I’m feeling pretty stressed, and my wife hasn’t really asked me if I’m ready at this point. Anyone experience similar fee... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 23

    Oh yes. We tried for almost two years for our third baby. The problem for me was my wife only wanted to try when the calendar said we should or when the ovalation test said so. It all felt very mechanical and pressured. Like you say it was unromantic and didn’t help us feel closer as a couple. Sure I thought I wanted the baby but it wasn’t enjoyable just stressful. Really stressful. To the poin... More

  • CheerioMama
    May 21

    Yep. It kind of takes the fun out of sex honestly. The fun comes back once your pregnant because the pressure is gone. Don’t worry! It’s probably only temporary!

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Mar 23

Two kids under two?

Hello Mamas and Papas! My daughter is 7.5m now and I almost mentally prepared to start trying for #2. Those of you who have two kids under two years old...What was/is the experience like? Taking care of older sibling and being 1-3-6-9 months pregnant? Older sibling adjusting? Feeding both kids? Changing both of their diapers? Etc. Any of your advice, information, pros/cons would be helpful!

  • Hilary
    Mar 26

    My kids were 20 months apart and it worked out really well for us. Yes it was a bit tough in the beginning but I find nursing and the sleep deprivation hard regardless if there’s another child around. My kids are now 3 1/2 and 22 months old and they play with each other all the time. They have a blast. If you can get more help with the kids, you’ll hopefully find that things don’t seem so tough!

  • Lily
    Mar 28

    Will have two under two in July. So excited to have them so close! If you are ready go for it! For me being pregnant and having a toddler isn't too bad! Sometimes it is hard because I don't get to be lazy like I was with the first one! Good luck!

Anonymous posted in Big Kids Mar 07

Explaining donated eggs

My sister has 13 yo twins who she conceived through donated eggs (with her husbands sperm) via IVF. Her kids (both girls) don’t know this but apparently her evil in laws want them to know. I think she should tell her in laws to pack sand but it would be difficult to explain to the girls why they can’t see grandma and grandpa anymore. Has anyone dealt with this and if so, how did you do it??

  • Erica
    Mar 20

    I don’t feel like it would be a big deal whether they know or not. Why should it matter? Their parents wanted them so much that they put a lot of effort into having them, and it’s amazing what the medical community can do now. Why does it even have to be a thing?

  • Anonymous
    Mar 20

    It doesn’t have to be a big thing except we’re talking about 13 year olds...everything feels dramatic! Ha

Anonymous posted in Pregnancy & Childbirth Mar 03

Preparing for Pregnancy

Hi, My fiancé and I are planning on getting pregnant in little over a year and a half and I’m looking for recommendations when it comes to preparing and things to do during pregnancy. I have two step kids but no biological children so this is my first time being pregnant. Any suggestions on books to read, websites that give you what not to do and what to do, etc. things like that. Thank you!

  • Jess
    Mar 20

    Babycenter.com is a website I’m on every week/other day and keeps you updated each stage of your pregnancy. You’ll never be fully prepared even if you have XXX-XXXX00$$$ lol but just try to enjoy your pregnancy and don’t be scared to call your dr for anything! Everyone’s pregnancy is different and that includes physically and emotionally.

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Feb 28

Mirena

Hello! Okay so i had my LO on September 13 2017. Shortly after i had the mirena inserted. I am wanting to try to conceive another child in mid June 2019. Looking to be informed on ppls personal experiences or advice. How far in advance did you have it removed before trying? Did you have complications with trying after being on it? Any info would be great! I was informed that i could try right ... More

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Feb 20

Pros and cons of having kids birthdays be close together?

My son is already going on 26 months... my husband has just finally made his mind up that he really does want a baby #2. I want to start trying soon so he and baby #2 won’t be too far apart in age. But my husband wants to wait another 4 months minimum. His only reasoning is because if we are successful in the first try (like last time) the kids would have birthdays within weeks of each other. H... More

  • Trac
    Feb 28

    Just have separate birthday party! One this weekend, one next weekend end. When they are old one huge party for all or one fun trip together to celebrate. In the long run it will be easier!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 20

    Apparently I'm only fertile one month out of the year...I will soon have three boys all born in April. The cool part is their "Golden B-day" will land in the same year. One will be 21; the other 18. We just have to wait and see if the next one is born on the 14th too! Regardless I promised them it would be the party of a lifetime!! HeeHee

Anonymous posted in Infertility Feb 17

Seeking advice from anyone who has struggled or knows someone who has struggled getting pregnant.

My friend has been trying to conceive for over a year now. Within that time she found out that she has PCOS. They’re trying another type of drug to help her ovulate, but it sounds like she’ll need to go through IVF. My heart just breaks for her, and I feel so helpless. I can’t even imagine how her and her husband feel. We recently found out that another one of our couple friends is pregnant ... More

  • Theresa
    Feb 19

    I have PCOS and was trying to conceive for about 9 years. I was full of anxiety and stress, well obsessing about it. I had to change my mind cause I wanted to be happy if I wasn’t going to be a momma. Sure enough I did find happiness. I went on the Keto diet and lost 75 pounds and sure enough I ended up pregnant. Today I am the mother of a 10 month old and I’ve never felt so full.

  • Erin
    Feb 21

    I struggled for 3 years with infertility, and after a first failed IVF and being given about a 10% chance of ever conceiving a child, I now have an almost 2 year old daughter from a second IVF. And here are my 2 cents: Definitely don't ask/tell her things like: "have you tried X" or "has he had his sperm count checked" or "I heard if you just relax and stop trying ... More

First signs

I’m beginning to suspect I may be pregnant. I have several very early signs already. What were your first signs? And how soon did you notice them?

  • Raji
    Feb 09

    I felt very light headed at work for a week or two. It was my first pregnancy and had no clue that I was pregnant.

  • StephC238
    Feb 10

    For me.... at 5 weeks on the dot I start puking. 3-100 times a day & I don’t stop till after delivery.

Vitamins, cleanses & tricks

Alright, so me and the fiancé are trying for a baby, I just bought ovulation tests and I am going to start testing this month, we both already take b12 and *I occasionally take evening prim rose* i have 2 bottles of parentals for me to start taking and a bottle of 1 a day mens vitamins for conception for him. I am curious and wondering if i should start taking both prenatal and evening prim ro... More

  • Anon
    Feb 08

    What kind of ovulation tests did you get? I used to take the Clear Blue tests. And although they did say I was ovulating (when taken approx a week after period ends), I never got pregnant. I then saw on some forum that people were using the urine test strips (where you dip into the pee, in a cup) everyday and it said I ovulated earlier. Like, right after my period ended! And I got pregnant. T... More

  • Lily
    Feb 14

    Take your ovulation tests a week before you think you will ovulate, because you could be early. Start taking your prenatal now, you need the folic acid that is in them. It is very important for your body to have that when pregnant. Good luck!!:)

When do you know your ready for another child ?

  • Lily
    Jan 28

    Are you talking like body or mind? My husband and I want lots of kids and want them close! So we are ready for another as soon as my body is ready and healthy again. It really different for everyone!

Anonymous posted in Child & Pregnancy Loss Jan 16

Pregnancy after miscarriage

I miscarried this week. I was 7 weeks pregnant. How soon after an early miscarriage did you conceive? My husband and I would like to try again ASAP.

  • Lily
    Jan 17

    Lost my last pregnancy at 10 weeks. We started trying again as soon as my period came back which was about a month. We got pregnant three months after that, and it is going well so far. Good luck

Baby # 2

My Husband and I are ready to grow our family and have another baby. We got pregnant with our first right after getting off of birth control. We were expecting to get pregnant quick again but have been trying for 4 months with no success. Has anyone els had a hard time getting pregnant with baby # 2 any tips? I am starting to get very emotional about it and cry for days every time I take a nega... More

  • Lily
    Jan 17

    We got pregnant with our first really easy! Second pregnancy took awhile because I my husband had some stuff going on. The third my cycle was off by a couple days. So I was just taking ovulation tests like every day, get the big box off Amazon.

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Jan 12

Ovulation?

“Trying” for our second! It took over 2 years being off birth control for us to get pregnant with our first.. my cycles were very long (41 days) and I had no signs of ovulations so when we found out we were pregnant, we were surprised and excited!! Now, this time around, my cycle is around 32 days. I am now getting discharge during “ovulation” at different times every month (give or take 4-5... More

  • molly
    Jan 17

    speak to ur ob. she’ll give u the best advice. get those ovulation tests that tell u the window and also get an app like Clue that will tell you the fertile window for you. Basically tmi but sperm can stay alive post sex for a few days so ur best chance is to have sex before u ovulate with a sperm waiting for the egg. the egg stays viable only for 24 hrs so u can aim to try say 2 days before ov... More

  • Megan
    Jan 19

    For me the ClearBlue ovulation tests never worked. We tried to wait for the ovulation test to say it was time and it never did. We caved once in 5 weeks and had sex. The same day my ovulation test said I wasn’t ovulating, and I got pregnant. However, if you have ever heard or Daysy, I swear by this! It’s a basel body thermometer. My husband and I used this for birth control and we used nothing ... More

Breast feeding and pregnant

We are trying to get pregnant in a month or so and have a little one who is still breastfeeding does anyone have any experience with this, pros and cons?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 26, 2018

    So I’ve gotten pregnant bfing several times. The first two times, my period never came back, so I apparently ovulated and didn’t know it. The important thing here is to know your body. If your period isn’t back, it’s going to be very hard to Really “try” since you won’t know if or when your ovulating. If your period is back, then you should be able to time accordingly. Keep in mind that bein... More

  • Lily
    Jan 05

    I have gotten pregnant two times while breastfeeding no problems. I plan breastfeeding my little one I have even after the new one is born, it is so good for them. Also I like that I won't have to get that whole thing going again! Good luck getting pregnant!:)

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Dec 17, 2018

Does age difference matter?

Just curious what your thoughts are on age difference between siblings. I have two very different experiences personally. My brother is 18 months younger than me and my sister is 18 years younger than me so I have two dramatically different spectrums. My daughter is an only child and she’s about to turn 5 next month. My husband and I have debated about having another child but I’m curious if sh... More

  • Jamie
    Dec 18, 2018

    I have worried about this too. My son turned 4 a few months ago and I have finally been in a place mentally & emotionally where I am ready for another child. By the time we have another (God willing) he’ll be 5 close 6 even, I worry about the age gap but I have heard so many positive things about having an age gap that I’m not so worried about it anymore. I think when they’re younger, it mi... More

  • Lily
    Jan 05

    My husband and I want our kids close, our first two will be 22 months apart. My sister and I were 3 Years apart and we were pretty close growing up. I like close, within 5 years. But it is really up to different people!

Pregnant?

Period three days late trying to get pregnant but all test are still showing negative:( I’m confused

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Dec 05, 2018

How to approach the subject with your partner about having another baby?

Hello. My husband & I have a 4 year old son. Initially, I wanted to have 2 kids close in age. No more than 3 years apart. Well, our son is now 4 years old and I’d really would like to start trying to have another baby at the beginning of next year. My husband, however, would like to wait until we start building our house which would be in another 3 years (we’re working on our land in some... More

  • Tiana
    Dec 05, 2018

    If you’re both working on building your home, you being out of commission for the duration of a pregnancy will put a lot of pressure on him. Also with a newborn to care for, you will be unable to help him and he will be unable to help you with the baby if he’s busy on the house. Resentment in both directions is a possible outcome. My husband built a tiny house to use as an office during my preg... More

  • Hope Brown
    Dec 07, 2018

    Have your FSH tested if you're concerned with lowered fertility. My siblings and I are far apart in age and we have a close relationship. I don't think that has anything to do with age spacing but how much you're willing to work on the relationship. If you're trying to help build a house it's not a great idea to be pregnant and postpartum. FYI the rate of developmental compl... More

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