Meaning and the importance of that
If you’ve spent any amount of time on a pregnancy message board, you’ve noticed that its users seem to speak in their own abbreviated codes. More often than not, theses term are fairly easy to figure out, but there are some that even a know-it-all mom-to-be doesn’t understand. Mainly because it doesn’t apply to her pregnancy. For future moms, and even some who’ve been around for a while, there is a term popping up in the message boards that has many women wondering the same thing: what does TTC mean?
There’s a good reason why this term is taking over pregnancy forums. According to Pregnancy and Baby, TTC means trying to conceive, and it is an especially useful term from couples who are just beginning the journey into parenthood. For a lot of couples, TTC is a struggle that requires more than having unprotected sex. That first word — trying — says a lot about the process. TTC requires patience, research, and, in some cases, learning a whole set of pregnancy-related abbreviations.
If you’re preparing to become pregnant, TTC isn’t just about the sex (although that does play a crucial part.) Each month, if everything goes according to plan (and I mean everything), the American Pregnancy Association notes that a healthy couple has a 25 percent chance of conceiving a baby. And there’s a lot that goes into to improving your odds of conception. There are charts, schedules, and serious stress that comes with process, and it can easily take over your life.
5 Easy Ways to Save Money When TTC
1. Consider other options for testing. The first thing a fertility clinic will typically want to do is bloodwork to see what your hormones, ovarian reserves and a number of other factors are. Sometimes health insurance will cover this first step (same goes for semen analysis for your partner), so check that out for sure, but if it doesn’t, get pricing before you do it. Why? Because there are new companies out there like this one that actually do this on its own and it’s usually way cheaper and pretty convenient.
2. Know your cycle. There’s the average woman’s cycle … and then there’s YOUR cycle. And the range of what’s normal is quite wide. It is super important for you to have a good idea of when you’re at your most fertile. There are a number of ways to do this (from watches to temp tracking to OPK strips — more on that in a bit), but I highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It gives you a full primer on how to boost your chances of getting pregnant by timing it as best you can for your body (and knowing what signs to look for). I know women who thought they couldn’t get pregnant simply because a basic app they were using told them they were ovulating sooner then they actually were. As soon as they got the timing right, boom! Pregnant.
3. Buy in bulk online. You know all those OPK strips and pregnancy tests you go through when TTC? Buy them online in bulk (I like this mix) and you will save A TON. (Plus, then you can test as much as you want!)
4. Try an at-home OTC conception kit. If you’re thinking of doing an IUI, first try an at-home conception kit. There are a number of these out there — from cervical caps to The Stork OTC and they’re a great and affordable option if you’re wanting to boost your chances of getting pregnant but aren’t fully ready to hit the fertility doc for a treatment yet.
5. Shop around. This advice goes for doctor visits, IUIs, IVF, prescriptions … all of it. Ask to see usual costs for everything you’re thinking about doing and then look around to see where you can save. There are some great ideas and tips in this post, especially when it comes to shopping around for fertility drugs.