This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own. Have you experienced fertility issues? I have and it was difficult for my husband and I. My first two pregnancies ended in a miscarriage. One ended at 4 weeks and one ended at almost 8 weeks. In March, we were thrilled when I got pregnant a third time, but were optimistically cautious. Imagine our heartbreak when at 10 weeks, my doctor confirmed we had lost yet another baby.
The grief was almost too much. Our marriage suffered for it. Had it not been for a wonderful marriage and grief counselor, we may have divorced before the year was out. When I took a pregnancy test in May of that same year, it said positive. Our miracle baby, Caitlin, was born in October of 1998. Three years later, in August of 2001, we had out sweet Henry! He weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds and 15 ounces!
I know not every story of fertility struggles ends this way. I know there are so many women who are trying to get pregnant. When I was going through my pregnancy trials, I read every book I could find. I wanted to do things differently than I had with my prior pregnancies. In that research, I found several tips. I found the top 5 things you should do when trying to conceive:
- See Your Doctor: When you decide you want to get pregnant, make an appointment to see your OB/GYN. They will put you on the proper vitamins and supplements. They will also offer a plan for your pregnancy. This will include a diet of healthy eating and perhaps an exercise plan. You need to also quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Because I was overweight, my doctor suggested I lost 20 pounds before we started trying for a baby.
- Figure Out Your Ovulation Schedule: You must have an egg released that is then fertilized in order to get pregnant. You only ovulate, which is when the egg is released, once a month. In order to up your chances of getting pregnant, you should determine when this happens. Talk to your doctor on the method(s) he suggests to help you figure this out. There are also products on the market to help you with this.
- Determine a Sex Schedule: Yep. Not very romantic, I know. But it is important to have sex at the best time during ovulation. This is usually 2-3 days before you ovulate. It is recommended your partner ejaculates at least once before you try to get pregnant. This will eliminate any non-viable sperm he may have built up.
- Proper Insemination: When you have intercourse, you want to be sure you are inseminated properly. This would be impossible to determine without a bit of help. With the The Stork® OTC, there is no guesswork. It allows for 3.23x higher sperm concentration to the cervix compared to natural intercourse!
- Prepare Your Yourself and Your Home: Once you are pregnant, you should prepare your home. No, I don’t mean baby proofing just yet. But you do want to clear out any toxic chemicals in and outside of your home. Stress during pregnancy is not good for you or your baby. Find ways to lessen stress in your life. Work with your partner to find ways to relax.
For my husband and I, getting pregnant was almost as difficult as carrying the baby to term. Had the The Stork® OTC been available, I feel it would have upped our chances for conceiving. It is the only over-the-counter conception device the FDA has cleared for home use. There is no prescription required and you can purchase yours from select Target stores nationwide.
The The Stork® OTC is quite simple to use. There are three components to the device. The a cervical cap, a condom-like sheath, called the Conceptacle® and the applicator. The cervical cap fits inside the Conceptacle®, which is placed on a man’s erect penis. After having natural intercourse, the semen is collected in the cervical cap. This fits into the applicator, which is then placed inside the woman’s cervix. For full instructions, you can view this helpful video.
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Have you experienced fertility issues? If you feel comfortable, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.