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My period had always been pretty regular before becoming pregnant with my first, so regular that I would be worried if my period was a day late, because it happened so rarely. So it was a very different experience for me when my period returned postpartum – but was inconsistent. Even though I knew this was normal, it still was unsettling. It would be a day late and that would turn into a week, which would turn into a month; all very normal when your body has just given birth, but still unnerving when previously your body had been on a consistent schedule.
My husband and I always knew we wanted multiple children and wanted them fairly close in age, but we knew that it might take a while to get pregnant again as I was still breastfeeding our first child. As anyone trying to conceive knows, it can be difficult to keep the intimacy up when you’re charting and timing ovulation. My husband and I decided to be as relaxed about as we could about it, and if it happened, it happened, and if it didn’t, it didn’t. This took immense pressure off of both of us, and allowed us to actually enjoy the process.
Since my periods were so irregular at this time, I had no idea when I was actually ‘late’. So, I would take a pregnancy test every weekend just to know. Each time I took one, it was a mixture of disappointment (no baby yet) and relief since Ethan was still so little. With so many negatives, we assumed I might not be ovulating, or things might not be lining up. We weren’t worried yet, and continued to go about our routine. So we were both shocked when I took a pregnancy test on July 4th and it came out positive. Although we wanted to get pregnant again, we were still shocked it happened so soon! (And it’s a good thing I took it since I was making an alcoholic watermelon for a party that day!). Shock quickly turned into excitement as we began envisioning our next big change.
This pregnancy has continued to be full of surprises as I make my way closer and closer to my due date of March 14, 2017. From not initially hearing a heartbeat (the dating was off), to feeling her move early, and extreme fatigue; I’m excited to meet her. And even though I’m nervous about the transition from one child to two, (Ethan will be 18 months old by her birth), I know that the growth of our little family is perfect timing.
Trying to grow your little family? Difficulty with conception is more common then you think! But with The Stork OTC, it doesn’t have to be. The Stork is a cervical cap allowing sperm to bypass the vaginal tract and be deposited as close to the cervix as possible up to 3.23 times the sperm as natural intercourse. Best of all it is available over the counter for use at home.
Collection of the sperm is similar to wearing a condom during sex, and insertion of the cup is similar to inserting a tampon, so for most users it won’t be difficult to get the hang of. The cup then stays in place near the cervix for 4-6 hours, during which you are free to move around and continue your daily activities. Removal is simple – simply pull the attached string and the cervical cup will slide right out.
The Stork OTC is currently available at both Walgreens and CVS in the family planning section next to the ovulation kits and retails for $79.99. In comparison, IUI can cost upwards of $1,000. Trying to get pregnant is hard enough without extra trips to the doctors and invasive shots and procedures. Keep the intimacy of conception and pregnancy where it belongs, at home with The Stork OTC.
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