5 Tips When You’re Trying to Conceive

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been around a lot of newborn babies lately!

My brother and his wife welcomed their third baby, Joey, in September. My sister had a baby last week and since then, I’ve already visited twice, driving back and forth to New Jersey! My friend Heather had a baby that I photographed. My little sister is welcoming a baby in early March, and one of my oldest friends had a baby over Thanksgiving. Actually, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Several more friends are expecting or have just had babies. And in my busy career as a portrait photographer for children, I’m always honored and humbled to photograph babies. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

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It’s been enough to put a third baby in my brain, and to take action. You see, Scarlet, my first baby, wasn’t planned. She was the happiest surprise ever, but I never went through the experience of wishing and hoping and waiting. For my second baby, Des, we got more strategic with Clearblue®. We were quite happy nine months later! It amazes me how different things were between the first two. Like pediatrician recommendations for high-allergy foods. The things we used to help with sleep. The gadgets. The monitors. And the toys! It was enough to make my head spin. A lot changed in three years.

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It wasn’t just me gaining confidence, but it was technology. When I had Scarlet, I used to nurse her while reading a book or occasionally watching a TV show. By the time I had Des, smart phones were the norm. That doesn’t mean I used it all the time, but those options continued to grow. We had thought we wanted one kid, and then Scarlet turned two and we agreed on another. We were SO sure we were going to stick with two, or at least I was sure, but things started to change when Des was in preschool. We realized we were now in the “having big(ger) kids club.”

I love naps and sippy cups and library hour. I love story time and routine and the smell of milk and cookies. It sounds silly but it’s a powerful stage for me – it brings out something in myself I never knew existed. I know there are extreme advantages to kids of all ages, but once my mind changed, I couldn’t shake it. I’m older now, though, and I don’t have as much time now.

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For me, being strategic has a whole new meaning these days – like discovering the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System. Now planning for our next child will be easier, perhaps more than I imagined. In some cases, there’s no such thing as too much information. There’s knowledge you can use to go forward with your adventures. I’m so happy I have this test system, as well as these 5 tips I’ve been using to get ready for life’s next adventure – whenever/wherever it will be:

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5 Tips When You’re Trying to Conceive:

1 – Have a preconception checkup. Or I should say – checkups. For me, that meant a trip to my regular doctor, my OB, and my dentist too. Believe it or not, dental health is also connected. In fact, I went to all three doctors in one week! Yikes.

2 – Look after yourself. It’s of course important to maintain a healthy weight, drink more water, eat fruits and vegetables, take vitamins and supplements, and know your cycle, Also, make sure you are de-stressing and practicing self-care.

3 – Don’t forget your relationship. That one you have with your partner, spouse, significant other, etc.? It’s pretty much the most crucial part of this process. Take care of it like the valuable gem it is. You will need to rely on each other.

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4 – Find success stories. I used to keep track of them in a notebook, believe it or not. I need to hear the good stories and the successes. Each story is unique, but tips and techniques can always work for more than one family.

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5 – Discover new technology like the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System. I discovered it two months ago, and it’s been enlightening to better understand my body and how it works in trying to conceive. In pairing the accuracy of the ovulation test with the convenience of an app, the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System maximizes the chances of getting pregnant in a way like never before.

This newest offering from Clearblue® is the first and only test system to track two unique hormones now with connectivity to a smartphone, helping women get pregnant faster.[1] All cycles are different when it comes to tracking a woman’s fertility. Clearblue® accurately identifies personal fertile days using her hormone data – instead of guessing from a standardized algorithm. It typically identifies four or more fertile days per cycle.[2]

By tracking two key fertility hormones, the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System typically identifies four or more best days to get pregnant, two more days than any other ovulation brand on the market[2]. The new Clearblue® Connected Ovulation gives women more flexibility and identifies more opportunities to get pregnant.

Also, a recently published study found that only 9% of free apps accurately predict the best days for conception.3 This opens a large window for error. The Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System gives confidence by measuring LH and E3G hormones to accurately identify the fertile period and remove any complicated guesswork, thanks to the app. It’s over 99% accurate at detecting the LH surge. This latest advancement provides unmistakably clear digital results.

The ovulation system allows us to understand and take control of fertility by connecting directly to our personal fertility info on our phones. We all have unique cycles and busy schedules – and this info at the press of a button? Priceless.

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5 Tips When You're Trying to Conceive. The new Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System is exactly what you need #ad #ClearblueConnected #ClearbluePartner

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Are you intrigued yet like I was? Make sure to find your Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System at U.S. retailers – such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and Meijer, and review the product on your favorite eRetailer site!

Footnotes:

1 Using the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System to identify the most fertile days can help users get pregnant faster than not using any method.

2 In a study of 87 women, 4 or more fertile days were identified in 80% of cycles using actual cycle length (2012)

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When You’re Trying to Conceive.

While I have received compensation for this post from Fertility Planit, all opinions are my own.

So I’m going to be a little more honest with you than usual.

Wait, is that even possible? I think I skate the balance of honesty and TMI all too often. It’s ok, though. I generally know what feels comfortable, and when I can talk about something with as much class as possible, while also helping people, it’s when I’m happiest with blogging. The topic today is conception. I’ll be happy to tell my own stories, but the bottom line is that my personality.. is not good at waiting. I was telling a writer friend just yesterday that maybe the reason I love going out into the wild and looking for moose, is because they’re hard animals to find and it takes patience to try. I’m not good at patience.

So what does a moose have to do with patience? Well, what does anything have to do with moose? I just love them. It’s about how looking for moose, and also, having and raising children has made me a more patient person, or at least when it’s most important. I’m just someone who wants to have control when I can. The thought of waiting for missing periods once a month breaks my heart, sure. It’s not a perfect process, but there are ways to help even when it seems like there aren’t. Like this:

With all honesty and due to respect, and whatever else you can say, Scarlet was a happy surprise. She was the happiest surprise I can think of, because I really wanted a daughter (I can’t help it) and I really was afraid of getting to the point of wanting kids, and it not happening on its own. I was petrified. When I saw the “Pregnant” on my digital pregnancy test (I can’t handle pink lines) I cried from fear, and then I settled into sweet relief. That it had happened. That it seemed to be going well. That dreams come true. And mainly, that it wasn’t hard. It can be so hard. You may even know that reading this.

It’s no perfect process, but it’s the one we’ve got. And there are ways we can help it along. With Des, it wasn’t as easy. He was planned, so it was already harder than a happy surprise. In truth, it didn’t take long. Not at all. Even that short time, though, was so hard for me. I know what it’s like to get your period when you don’t want it. I know what it’s like to wish and hope and wonder. Mainly, there are loved ones in my life who suffered far worse and for far longer than me. That’s what most interests me about The Stork OTC. I think it’s no secret to anyone that I might want a third child. Maybe a fourth!

What stops us? All kinds of pesky logistical, financial, and bodily considerations, but also, that it doesn’t always go according to plan. It can be difficult for anyone. We haven’t tried, but it’s a consideration for our future. I don’t have an ideal number of children in mind, but I want to feel done, and I don’t right now. That doesn’t mean I won’t, but right now I’m comfortable with documenting our #StorkStories journey. Have you ever seen The Stork® OTC? Do you have experience with it?

So you may be wondering what exactly The Stork OTC is? It’s a home-use conception aid that combines an innovative applicator with an established conception technique – cervical cap insemination. The Stork OTC can be used in private, at home, and also without a prescription. It’s a first-step treatment option for couples before more invasive procedures are considered. So this bridges the gap between natural intercourse and costly, in-office treatment options (like IUI or IVF). What The Stork OTC does is collection semen into the cervical cap with a condom-like sheath called the Conceptacle. The Conceptacle is worn during intercourse (or alternatively, donor sperm can be used with the device). The sperm is delivered then, to the opening of the cervix by way of the applicator. It will remain in place for up to six hours, and then can be removed with a simple tampon-like pull chord. I am not great with directions, but I found the box to make sense to me.

Who should use The Stork OTC? Couples who are trying to become pregnant, male patients diagnosed with low sperm count or motility issues, couples trying to become pregnant without intercourse, healthy couples who desire to control timing, couples who seek out private options for trying to conceive or at-home insemination options, and couples are not ready to take the next step to in-oce treatment options, such as IUI and IVF. So as you can see, a lot of people seek out this conception aid.

Join the #StorkStories Twitter Chat for a chance to win a Stork OTC device on 4/21 at 9pm EST.

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