Trying to Conceive in 2018

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This post is sponsored by First Response. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello & Happy Saturday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve been following along with me, my husband and I embarked on a new chapter of growing a family this year! If you’re not familiar with how the process may vary from one couple to the next, you instantly think.. 

 

Wow, so wonderful, such a beautiful time and the list goes on. While all of the above captures this chapter of our lives, the hurdles you may experience to get there can be exhausting and at times rob you of your excitement.  

 

Long before this time, I always envisioned the process of conceiving as being somewhat “seamless”. The world convinces you as a young woman that the biggest struggle is preventing pregnancy. 

 

The NIH website states that fertility declines with age in both men and women, but the effects of age are much greater in women. In their 30s, women are about half as fertile as they are in their early 20s, and women’s chance of conception declines significantly after age 35.1Male fertility also declines with age, but more gradually.

 

 

 

According to the CDC, as of 2010, in the U.S. the number of women aged 15-44 who have ever used infertility services is said to be nearly 7.3 million.2Like millions of other women, I was under the impression that we would get pregnant in an instant, but I was greatly mistaken. I have great eggs, more follicles than your average 33 year old, and still have unexplained fertility. 

 

I had studied both pediatric and prenatal nutrition thoroughly and could tell you what happens on a cellular level with childbirth, but here we are still waiting. I’m a very private person to my core, but I sincerely believe that if you have a platform, you should be vulnerable and share your experience. Through sharing our personal struggles it will ultimately assist other couples navigating this process of infertility, which at times can feel never ending.  

 

 

 

 

So here I am, 33, a MS Clinical nutritionist, consuming mostly plants, exercising regularly, I run my own business, work from home full time, everything is where it should be, and we are going on month 14 of trying to conceive. 

Statistically it can take on average up to 12 months to conceive, if not longer. Let’s be honest, we all know a handful of people who were able to conceive within months and some without even trying. Those stories are burned into our minds so much that when the times comes we assume, “that will be us”.

 

 

 

 

 

The silver lining for those who are experiencing a delay in conceiving, is that you’ll gain a blackbelt in ovulation and TTC. You’ll know firsthand what all it entails, what you can expect both pre/post pregnancy, and you’ll develop an organic appreciation for the miracle of conception. In addition, you’ll become well versed on all of the products on the market and the purpose each serves to increase your odds of conception. 

 

One in particular is called “Pre-Seed”. Even the name still makes me blush, as I wasn’t familiar with the product until recently. I’ve never used such products, but being a part of a women’s TTC group I had seen the product name thrown around a lot and I was intrigued as to what it’s functionality was. 

 

The product is specially formulated for couples trying to conceive, making it a great option for many couples. It is ideal for those who typically use lubricants, but the idea is that that it’s designed to allow sperm to swim freely towards the egg,  where as other over the counter options or saliva may prevent that and or harm sperm.

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Seed™ Fertility-Friendly Lubricant. It not only enhances your comfort, it’s specially formulated to mimic your body’s naturally fertile fluids.

 

  • Used in fertility clinics and recommended by fertility experts
  • Developed by a sperm physiologist
  • Won’t limit or harm sperm like most leading lubes
  • Mimics your body’s naturally fertile fluids
  • Glycerin-free

 

If you struggle with dryness or are simply eager to try a fertility-friendly lubricant Pre-Seed is a great option! 

 

Is there a product you use outside of this one?

I’d love to know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1How common is infertility? https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/infertility/conditioninfo/common#f6

2Infertility https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/infertility.htm

 

 

 

 

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