Let’s not beat around the bush

As featured on Scary Mommy. Fertility doctors don’t “beat around the bush” and this expression, so apt and so full of innuendo, is the most perfect way to describe every single conversation we’ve had regarding our fertility. I’ve become so accustomed to speaking openly about this sort of stuff that my sense of normal conversational... Continue Reading →

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Misconceptions

By day 2 of trying for a baby I thought - oh right, I'm pregnant now. Two weeks later, having spent much of that time re-imagining the next 9 months as a pregnant woman, I was totally perplexed when a very unwelcome "Aunt Flow" arrived right on schedule. How could I not be pregnant? I’d... Continue Reading →

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What the BLOG am I doing?!

This is my first proper blog post. I suspect that I’m supposed to open with something profound and philosophical but the truth is… I’m just a bit lost. I don’t mean in terms of the blogosphere – sure there’s that too – but I’m lost trying to navigate my way through a journey I never... Continue Reading →

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How to be Zen AF

Anyone who has so much as dipped their little toe in the ocean of infertility will have been told, at one point or another (but most likely several hundred times), that they need to “just relax”. Given that the reason for mine and Simon’s infertility is a lack of motile sperm (which is quite obviously... Continue Reading →

Lights, camera, ACTION!

I saw a solitary magpie this morning. One for sorrow. I never used to be one for superstitious tendencies but I'm not taking any chances these days. You think I'm in any sort of position to turn a blind eye to one of those thieving little monochrome bastards? Think again. I did a small head... Continue Reading →

IVF countdown: thoughts at 1 month to go

Our first IVF cycle begins in January and despite the fact that it’s taken 812 days and 29 sad, unfertilized eggs to get to this point, I’m still in a state of total disbelief that we’re here. But we are here and this is happening. [For any fans of The Office (US version) – that... Continue Reading →

18 Responses to that “when are you going to have a baby?” question…

“When are you going to have a baby?” Shortly after getting married, I started being asked this at an alarming frequency – not by my friends and family but, almost exclusively, by people who weren’t particularly close to me (distant relatives, nosey neighbours, Barbara from accounts etc.) It’s an incredibly invasive, potentially triggering and not... Continue Reading →

The TTC tribe, sisterhood & the best fertility blogs

At the beginning of 2018, with over a year’s worth of very decidedly unsafe sex under my belt and shortly after learning that my husband and I were working with “sub-optimal” (read: lazy) sperm, I started writing a journal…of sorts. At this point, nobody knew of our desire - let alone our struggle - to... Continue Reading →

Fairytale of New York

Almost exactly 7 years ago to the day, Simon and I flew to New York on what would become the first of many flights together. This trip, the idea for which was drunkenly concocted in the wee hours following our fourth date, was perhaps one of the most reckless things I’ve done. We were, all... Continue Reading →

NHS vs Private: the battle for the bump

Paying for private fertility treatment is a luxury (and I use that word lightly) that not everyone can afford. On the flip side, access to free fertility treatment on the NHS is a luxury that not everyone can take advantage of. The “postcode lottery” in the UK means that, essentially, the street you live on... Continue Reading →

Top 20 Zika-free Destinations

For expectant parents and those trying to conceive, Zika is perhaps one of the biggest travel influencers out there. The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends avoiding travel to any area with active Zika transmission if you're pregnant or if you're planning to be.Honeymooners, babymooners and ttc-mooners (if you know you know) the world is still... Continue Reading →

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