As I near the end of my two week wait, I’m beginning to realize how swept up I’ve become by the fear and anxiety surrounding pregnancy and birth. From the start, I’ve known to avoid negative messages that produce needless worry during pregnancy, but I never realized how much that also applies to trying to conceive.
The biggest worry I’ve been trapped in is the possibility of not being able to conceive. Infertility is real and wreaks havoc on the lives of millions of women and their partners. But in my first cycle of trying to conceive, my mind has no business playing with that possibility. So, to help myself stay positive and to inspire my other ttc and soon-to-be ttc friends, here is a list of encouraging messages about fertility:
- More than 4 million babies are born in the United States every year.
- Nearly 1million of those babies are born to women who are 30 – 34 years old.
- Nearly 500,000 are born to women who are 35 – 39 years old.
- Most couples conceive within the first 6 months of trying. Overall, after 12 months of unprotected sex, about 85% of couples will become pregnant.
- Two-thirds of couples treated for infertility go on to have babies.
The risk of infertility is real, but fertility statistics are on my side.