This week on our Mom-Day Interview I talk with someone about a subject that can be hard. For some it may even be taboo. It is a very emotionally charged subject so please read on with some compassion. As with all the interviews this is just what worked for this particular couple. I hope it brings some encouragement and light to those who may be experiencing something similar.
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Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy reading, baking and decorating.
How long have you and you husband been married?
We’ve been married 3 years
How long have you been trying to conceive?
We’ve been trying for 2.5 years going on 3.
What did you try to help with TTCing before seeing a specialist?
We tried timed intercourse and keeping track of my ovulation.
How long were you TTCing before seeing a specialist?
We only tried for a year before seeking a specialist.
What are you doing differently now to TTC?
The things I’m doing differently: I was previously on a slew of medication for other health problems and I’ve changed the prescriptions out for safe medication. I was never a big drinker, but when we started trying I didn’t drink at all to try and help. I initially cut out most of my caffeine based on research.
Are you trying any specific diets or avoiding certain products or foods?
I haven’t tried specific diets yet. However, I did add more whole grain starches to my everyday intake. I was never a big pasta or bread eater but I’ve been trying add more into my diet.
Have you joined any support groups either online or in person?
I haven’t joined support groups. I will vent about struggling with my friends. My boss went through this years ago and she’s been great to talk to about it.
Do you use any special apps or are reading specific books?
I use a period tracker. It keeps up with my cycle, including ovulation and the best days to try. I also use the app to help track my fertility treatments. I try to avoid books and blogs as much as I can. While TTC, my doctor recommends that I not stress. Reading the how’s and whys actually stresses me out more mostly because it’s something I can’t control so I try to avoid stressors.
What are some things you like to do to help keep your emotional and mental health up during this time?
I lean on my husband who has been wonderful throughout the whole process. I spend time with friends and their kiddos to keep me sane. I also do my best not to focus on the negatives. When I get into a funk emotionally, my husband and I will take a day just for us whether it’s shopping for the house or goofing off and it takes my mind off everything.
Once you are pregnant do you have any special plans for announcing the pregnancy?
I haven’t thought about an announcement for pregnancy too terribly much since we haven’t made it that far. I do know I want it to be something special to us.
Are you going to wait a specified time before sharing the pregnancy news or tell right away?
I won’t be able to hide the pregnancy from friends and co-workers around me. Everyone know I’m doing treatments and that I’m on a specific schedule so it’ll be hard to keep it quiet. We do live away from all our close friends and family and my husband and I would prefer to wait 3 months before officially announcing to everyone.
What advice or encouragement would you give those who are TTCing?
Hmm, try not to stress it. My husband and I fall into the category of nothing is wrong with either of us but we still can’t get pregnant. I’m guilty of thinking it’s my fault for not getting pregnant and it’s not healthy. Just know that it’s not you and stay positive.