From the first time she put on her baby pants, to the moment she started breastfeeding her son, the journey has been a challenge.
In many ways, the first year of a new mother has been the most rewarding.
“I’m not sure that I’ve had the same level of excitement about my baby,” said Stephanie Siegel, who is 26 and has been pregnant since October.
“It’s been an amazing year, and I’m looking forward to the next.”
Her first child, a boy, arrived two months later.
“For me, it was a great start,” Siegel said.
“But I’ve found that the journey is not complete until I can say I have a baby.
Siegel’s experience is part of a growing national trend. “
You’re never done, and it’s important to keep going,” she added.
Siegel’s experience is part of a growing national trend.
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, the number of women reporting having difficulty conceiving is climbing.
The number of U.S. women who say they are having trouble conceiving, meanwhile, is falling.
The numbers are especially stark among older women.
“A lot of the women I’ve talked to are still breastfeeding, and they’re still in high school,” said Heather MacLean, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University who specializes in pregnancy outcomes.
“And I think that they’re not seeing that their future is secure and secure, or that they have options.”
But she also noted that the data may be skewed by the fact that many women are reluctant to talk about their experience with birth control or other forms of birth control.
The Pew survey also found that some women said they did not take the time to discuss their experience in a safe space with a partner, family member or friend.
“Some women are not comfortable speaking about it,” MacLean said.
Selsinger, who was raised Mormon, has taken the challenge of having a baby on the road and has found herself talking about it with a friend, family or a friend who has experienced childbirth herself.
“There’s no better way to get people to share their stories than to be open and honest,” she said.
That means talking about the challenges and opportunities that birth control presents, such as finding a partner who is not in the same situation, learning to use the birth control method correctly and finding a doctor who understands the full range of options for birth control, she said, referring to the options offered by several health insurers and pharmacies.
“So the first step is to tell people that you’re pregnant, but you can’t tell people what you’re going through, and you’re not going to give up,” Selsinging said.
Some women say they don’t want to be public about their struggles because they fear their story will be misconstrued.
MacLean agreed, but said that the best way to protect women is to be honest.
“People don’t know about the difficulties,” she noted.
“They’re just not going.
And the best thing is to make sure that they know how to handle it.”
The birth control pill “I have been so worried about having to use birth control because I didn’t want my son to have to go through what I went through,” said Lisa Smith, who lives in New York.
“When I first started, I was like, I’ll take the pill, and when I go to the doctor, I’m going to tell him I’m pregnant, and then I’m taking the pill.”
She said she had no choice but to go to a doctor.
“She was like no, no, I have to tell you you’re already pregnant,” she recalled.
Smith had trouble conceving and didn’t get the shot until she was 18 months pregnant, which made it difficult to be sterilized.
“My birth control was not working, and my body just was not producing enough hormones,” she explained.
She decided to have an abortion after a miscarriage.
“After my miscarriage, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue, so I was scared that I was going to lose my baby and that I would be at the end of the road,” she told The Washington Post.
After the abortion, she became an advocate for women who were seeking birth control through their doctor.
She has also become an advocate to help women find out more about birth control and other options, such in-person sessions and online.
“What I do is I just make sure to talk to my friends and family and I tell them to go online,” she says.
“If you have a friend that is like, ‘Oh, I just went to an online class, and this is what you have to do,’ I’ll just tell them that I’m doing this online.
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