Those of you who get pregnant with a sideways glance from your husband can skip right over this one.
Some of you know our story. Without rehashing all the details, just understand that when we were ready to have a baby, we were ready now. And we expected it to happen now. And it didn’t. Why didn’t anyone tell me that it might not be easy to get pregnant?!
I suppose it was because, for many people, it is easy. Problems aren’t planned for.
While there may be absolutely no way to spare you the heartache of infertility, whether it be temporary or permanent, it certainly can’t hurt to be as mindful of your body as possible.
For the women who commented and emailed that they “plan to have a baby next spring… next year… just got married… etc,” I hope for you, dear ladies, that your plans work out just as you dream they will!
A few resources for the 1 in 6 couples who will face infertility at some point:
- Michele’s Journey Through Infertility is both informational and encouraging, with a very happy ending!
- This post from Katie, Natural Family Planning: Natural Parenting Can Start Before Conception, resonated with me. We took our Natural Family Planning class once it became obvious that “it’s not as easy as it looks.” Although I still kick myself for not taking the class before we were even married, I’m grateful that we did it at all. The first thing the doctor did when we went in for our initial appointment was to hand me some blank charts. We were, in turn, able to hand him months worth of completed charts. Learning NFP saved us so much time as we set out to heal.
- Naturally Knocked Up — How can you not click over to a website with that title?! Donielle shares her own infertility story (again with a happy ending) and provides many resources for natural reproductive health.
I know that getting healthy won’t solve the vast array of infertility issues that hinder a couple’s dream of having children. I can’t help but wonder, though, if someone had told me these things… would we have had to suffer so?
If you are or have in the past suffered infertility and are able to share comfort or encouragement, please do so in the comments. Resources and personal story links welcome!