Trying to Conceive, My Personal Journey

My husband and I had dated for 10 years before we got married. We ended up getting married rather quickly, just to be different. About a month after we got married, I found out I was pregnant. We were excited and scared.

Less than a couple of months later and I lost that baby. We never knew exactly why. It was devastating. After a short break we decided to try again. And we tried for over a year and a half.

I had some other health concerns at the time and my doctor wanted me to wait at least 6 months to get pregnant so I started on birth control. Surprise, 2 months on the pill and I was pregnant. August 25, 2005 I found out I was pregnant.

We were again excited and a little more scared than the first time. After lots and lots of blood test and doctors visits, we found that my hormone levels were dropping instead of increasing, and I was told I would lose that baby also.

But I didn’t. Instead I had to go on hormones for half the pregnancy. But I was pregnant.


We had a baby boy. He was perfect. He was beautiful. He is still beautiful, just 9 years old now. And I knew within a week that I wanted to have another.

But sometimes there are so many other factors at work when you are trying to conceive. My age didn’t help matters. I turned 31 a month after my son was born, and was just getting older.

Sometimes health issues can play a role in getting pregnant. Often there are things going on that we are not even aware of. And sometimes for no good reason at all we just have trouble getting pregnant.

When my son was a year old we were ready to try again. By this point I was 32 years old. And nothing happened. At first I was OK with that. Then I was angry. It seemed everyone around me was getting pregnant. Everyone except me.

I finally realized that I had a wonderful little boy and if he was the only child I ever had, I would be fine with that. I was content to have one child. That seems to be the deciding factor.

No longer trying, no longer thinking about getting pregnant, June 26, 2010 I found out I was pregnant again. I had to take more hormones this pregnancy but things went well.


In February of 2011 we had a little girl. She was stunning. She still is.

One thing I wish I had when we were trying to get pregnant was AstroGlide TTC™.

Astroglide TTC™ is a specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive, Astroglide TTC supports fertility with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your body’s cervical mucus. Each package contains 8 pre-filled disposable applicators that make it easy to coat the inside of the vagina, supplementing natural fluids and enhancing comfort.

How it works:
When trying to conceive, it is vital to provide an environment where sperm has a chance of survival. Environmental conditions are affected by pH levels, osmolality (the concentration of substances like sodium and potassium) and the consistency of egg white cervical mucus. While traditional lubricants may affect these conditions and inhibit sperm motility, studies have shown that Astroglide TTC is compatible with sperm, oocytes and embryos and allows sperm to move freely.

AstroGlide TTC

If you are trying to conceive, you can find out where buy AstroGlide TTC™ here.

Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.