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Trying to conceive can be a super stressful time, especially if you are struggling with infertility. We had our fair share of hiccups, including the loss of our sweet first child, to get to our Addilyn. Over the course of our few years of trying, I found a few things that were truly helpful, both physically and mentally/emotionally! I am here to share those with you today, sweet friends, in hopes that it can help in your season of wait! (Click the pink links to shop!)
These are a major must-have, I promise!! When you are trying to conceive, it is easy to spend a small fortune on ovulation and pregnancy tests at the store. They are so dang expensive! Which only adds to the sting when you get that dreaded negative. These tests are incredibly accurate, and are actually what most medical facilities use! And at pennies on the dollar, you won’t feel bad about obsessively taking them!
It helps so much to figure out exactly where in your cycle that you ovulate. We had been trying around the standard window of when “most women” ovulate, without any luck. I started using these strips and found out that even when I have a normal 28 day cycle, my body didn’t actually ovulate until Cycle day 18-19 most of the time. This helped us so much with timing, which as you know is literally everything when you are TTC!
I won’t go into the details, but ya’ll this stuff works. It just does! I had so many ladies recommend it to me due to their success when TTC. I know it wasn’t the only factor involved, but I firmly believe that it helped!
Just temping did not work for me, but it was so helpful to compare with my ovulation strips! That being said, I know so many people that tracking patterns in their Basal Body Temperature worked perfectly for! Either way, it is a great tool to have! A lot of time I would look at the patterns in my BBT and then confirm my suspicions with a strip! This particular one has an app where you can log everything, as well!
This book was the single most transformational part of my journey while trying to get pregnant with Addilyn. It helped my heart find so much peace. It gave me a purpose during my season of waiting and took so much of the sting out of it! I would recommend it to literally anyone, even if you aren’t waiting on a baby. Grab it- you won’t be sorry!
I am a pen and paper kinda gal, personally! I used a plain, boring notebook back then, but I WISH I had had a pretty tracker journal like this one!! It helps so much to see it all mapped out!
Relax! Keep it fun! Its so stressful anyway, and if you are obsessing and stressing your partner out, it can make things harder!