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Friday, March 10, 2006

Ask a Bored Housewife: A How-To Guide for Conception

Dear Bored Housewives,

For anyone who had difficulty conceiving, I'd love to hear tips for success. What's odd in our case is that this is (will be) our second. With number one, we conceived the first month. Now we've been trying for a good year and a half to no avail...

A Special Person

Ah, if only we could control conception. Or can we? Have at 'er, BHNers.


  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Tammy said…

    We were successful our very first month trying, but miscarried. The second time around, we conceived on my second cycle, and the result was good ol' Sam. Women in my family seem to get knocked up like rabbits (which is not always to the good).

    The only thing I did was keep track of my periods and be mindful of when I was ovulating (according to the notion that the average woman ovulates 12-14 days after the start of her cycle). I didn't chart my temperature or do cervical mucus checks or anything like that (I've since learned that a surprising number of women who don't have fertility problems still do these things), because for me that would have been a one-way ticket to crazy. The only reason why I kept track of my periods was because I thought to myself, "I'm 34 years old, and I need to finally get organized about this."

    I myself am not planning on baby #2 any time soon, and I'm dreading the idea that when we start trying, I'll be 38 years old and overly anxious about getting pregnant quickly. So I can relate.

    Good luck, and please write back and tell us when you've hit paydirt!

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    it's amazing how many women i know who have had miscarriages. what's up with that? we tried & got preg the first time & i miscarried at 8 weeks. my doctor told me to wait 3 months before trying again but i was on a mission so i ignored her & tried again right away & got pregnent with nile. the miscarriage was super depressing & it caused me to be really nervous for my entire pregnancy with nile. it's interesting to discover that so many other women also miscarried on the first try..wonder what the deal is with that.

  • At 6:35 PM, Blogger landismom said…

    I had a miscarriage between our kids. One think I would ask you is, are you having trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant? When I miscarried, my ob/gyn told me that something like 40% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, but a lot of the time, it's so early in the pregnancy that the woman may not even know that she's pregnant yet.

    If you're having trouble conceiving, there are a lot of great infertility blogs on the web, although I think medical help is probably in order, too.

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    We conceived on the third cycle, so you can take this for what it's worth, but the month I conceived was the first month I did all of the following: a) charted my cycle with temperatures and mucus checks; b) used an ovulation predictor; and c) had sex every day for the several days around my ovulation date.

    Since it's been a year and a half though, I would definitely recommend seeing a doctor.

    My sympathies are with all of you who have had miscarriages.


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