Deciding to Have a Baby

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Trying to Conceive Your First Child

Surprise BFP!

Well, at 24 cycles of TTCing with almost nothing to show for it. Monday afternoon, another friend t...

Trying to Conceive after Loss

Cd 32

Well, I'm not sure I have the inner strength to test yet... We had a MC on January 30 2014. We have...

Am I Pregnant

Do antibiotics really cancel out birth control?

Beginning of the month I was put on antibiotics and since then my SO and I have been having unprotec...

Trying to Conceive with Medical Assistance

IVF consultation appointment

So I am on CD 3 and planning to start Femara this evening. We are moving on with IUI #5, and while...

Trying to Conceive

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Should We Have Another Baby?

By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care and The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Deciding whether to expand your family by one more - whether this would be your second child or your sixth - is one of the most significant decisions you will make in your lifetime. There is no crystal ball to show the consequences of your decision in the future. » Read more

Who Says You Can't Afford Another Baby?

If you go to any of the online calculators to determine whether or not you can afford another child, you will find that children are expensive. According to the USDA, the average cost of raising a child is over $200,000. But, let’s look at how they came up with this figure.

Becoming A Dad: What You Need To Know

By Nancy Da Silva

In all the excitement of announcing a pregnancy, the dad sometimes gets pushed aside. It’s as if the mother created the baby inside of her all by her lonesome. Science is advanced, no debate there. But it’s not that advanced just yet. » Read more

Vasectomy Reversal or IVF

For a man, the process to undergo a vasectomy is usually a timely one. Men or couples who are interested in having a vasectomy are counseled so that they understand that having a vasectomy is permanent. » Read more

Tubal Ligation Reversal or IVF

Tubal ligation or “having your tubes tied” is meant to be a permanent form of birth control. It can be carried out with various methods but ends with the same result. » Read more

The Family Feud: When you are ready to start a family and he is not

So you want to have a baby? If you are reading this, you probably are thinking of having a baby. There are a lot of reasons why women want to have children. Some want children to fill a void in their life or solve a marital problem but most want children for more sincere reasons. Wanting a baby is a natural desire. » Read more

Preconception Diet: What you should know before trying to conceive

You’ve heard the advice hundreds of times about what it takes to eat right, like eating more fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods, and cutting back on sugars, caffeine, and fats. But when you’re getting ready to get pregnant, that advice is more than just an abstract ideal. » Read more

7 Things You Should Know Before You Try To Get Pregnant

By Maria T. Pepin

It’s an exciting time in your life! You and your significant other have decided to expand your family and take the plunge into parenthood. In order to give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and baby, there are a few things you should do before you try to get pregnant. » Read more

Baby Addiction: Do some people feel like they NEED to keep having babies?

By Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

It’s been hard lately not to follow the story of Nadya Suleman, the single mother who recently gave birth to octuplets (to add to her the six children).  Her story became a major media story and initiated a national discussion about certain parenting issues, especially as they relate to family size. » Read more

Planning Your Family? One Isn't the Loneliest Number

By Susan Newman, Ph.D., Author of Parenting an Only Child

When asked their favorite number, many people hardly hesitate before choosing seven. But when asked the number of children they favor, couples contemplating starting or growing a family have a much harder time deciding -- and agreeing upon – the perfect number. » Read more