The coronavirus crisis has influenced virtually every aspect of our day-to-day lives, as well as the way we look at the future. Uncertainty can be uncomfortable, to say the least, which could have you on the fence about the decision to try to conceive during the pandemic. And yet, when it comes to having a baby, there’s no such thing as perfect timing.
Choosing to take the dive into motherhood goes much deeper than simply listing the pros and cons. While the current state of things may not be ideal, the “right time” to take the leap is when you feel like you’re ready. Life is short, and the present state of the world might have you reassessing what’s most important to you. Now’s when you should lean into your intuitions.
Playing the long game
As you probably know, even the most organized, type-A people can’t control or predict the future. Pandemic or no pandemic, the decision to become a parent or grow your existing family isn’t always crystal-clear. Some may want to wait until they get to a certain point in their career, while for others, getting pregnant might be part of a five-year plan.
Motherhood is an incredible journey — and if we’re being realistic, it’s full of ups and downs and situations you can’t possibly plan for. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for the things you care about most, nor does it mean that trying to conceive isn’t a sensible choice. In fact, it might be one of the most well-thought-out decisions you’ll ever make. And now could be as good a time as any.
For some, the choice to try to conceive now may have been predetermined a while ago. Of course, life is all about being flexible and adapting to unforeseen obstacles, but the joys and fulfillment of building a family really can’t be understated. Now more than ever, family is important, and it’s OK to prioritize growing yours.
The decision is yours
Life can be a real roller-coaster ride, and perfect timing is often elusive. Whether you’re trying to conceive your first child or are planning for your next, the choice to get pregnant is entirely up to you and your partner.
There’s nothing wrong with moving full-speed ahead with your plans to conceive. On the other hand, if you’d be more comfortable waiting to see what happens, pausing your plans for a few months (or longer) is totally OK, too.
In any case, it’s a personal decision with no right or wrong answers. The choice to try to conceive should be based on your unique situation, health, and dreams of having children. As always, we recommend reaching out to your OB/GYN for more clarity about the potential risks and what to expect during pregnancy over the next year or so. You might even be able to schedule a telehealth appointment.
First Response has the fertility tools you need
When you’re ready to start trying to conceive, First Response has the fertility tools you need. This includes the Simple Ovulation Test, which predicts your most fertile days so you can make the most of your prime conception time, Pre-Seed Fertility-Friendly Lubricant that mimics your body’s natural fertile fluids to support sperm on their journey, the Triple Check Pregnancy Test Kit for added reassurance, and the #1 best-selling Early Response Pregnancy Test with results 6 days sooner*.
Best of all, you may not even have to leave home for anything related to conception. Aside from telehealth appointments with your OB/GYN, you can order First Response products online if you’re still sheltering in place or just want to play it safe.
Ovia helps you track your cycle and First Response products can predict your most fertile days or tell you if you’re pregnant as early as six days before your missed period.** The reliable pregnancy test kits from First Response are something you can be sure about in times of uncertainty.
Life isn’t perfect, but it’s full of perfect moments — like getting a positive result when you’re trying to conceive — and First Response is here for you during this truly special time.
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- *Sooner than without ovulation testing when directions are carefully followed
- **In laboratory testing, Early Result Pregnancy Test detected the pregnancy hormone levels in 76% of pregnant women 5 days before their expected period.