Last Updated on March 29, 2022 by Avi Steen
When I was trying to conceive, I turned to the internet for help. Like so many other women out there, I was google searching pregnancy symptoms and fertility advice. That’s when I stumbled upon TTC Forums.
At first, I thought it would be a great resource. After all, who knows more about getting pregnant than other women who are trying to conceive? But soon enough, TTC Forums became my worst nightmare.
This blog post is all about TTC forums.
Have you ever gone to a trying to conceive (TTC) forum? If you’re like me, you probably did in order to find some comfort and advice during what is typically an extremely emotional time.
I quickly learned, however, that those forums can be a total nightmare. Between the constant judgment and comparison, not to mention the overwhelming amount of information (or lack thereof), it was nearly impossible for me to navigate my way through TTC discussions without feeling even more stressed out than I already was.
In this post, I’ll share my experiences with TTC forums and offer up some better alternatives for anyone struggling to conceive.
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What are TTC Forums?
TTC Forums are websites or online groups where women who are trying to conceive can share information and advice. They can be a great resource, but they can also be overwhelming and consume your life.
Where can you find TTC Forums?
Most popular parenting sites and fertility apps have TTC forums. Some of the most popular TTC forums are on BabyCenter, The Bump, and What to Expect.
How can forums be helpful?
TTC Forums can be a great place to get information and advice from other women who are trying to conceive. They can also be a great way to connect with other women who are going through the same thing as you.
What are the dangers of forums?
TTC Forums can be overwhelming and consume your life. They can also be a great way to compare yourself to other women and feel like you’re not doing enough.
How can you avoid getting overwhelmed by the forums?
There are a few things you can do to avoid getting overwhelmed by TTC Forums:
– Only visit the forums when you have a specific question or need information on a specific topic.
– Don’t compare yourself to other women. Every journey is different.
– Remember that you are not alone. There are millions of women who are trying to conceive. You are not the only one going through this.
TTC Forums can be a great resource, but they can also be overwhelming. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and remember that you are not alone. There are millions of women who are trying to conceive, and every journey is different. You can do this.
My Experience with TTC Forums
I joined a TTC Forum when I was trying to conceive my first child. At first, it was helpful to read about other women’s experiences with fertility treatments and pregnancy symptoms. However, after a while, I became obsessed with the forum. I would spend hours reading posts and comparing myself to other women.
It became an unhealthy obsession that took over my life. I was constantly worried that I wasn’t doing enough to get pregnant or that I was doing something wrong. The forum became an idol in my life, and it was making my TTC journey worse instead of better.
The forums were overwhelming and filled with so much information that it was hard to know what was true and what wasn’t. I became fixated on trying to find the perfect fertility treatment or the right pregnancy diet. But in reality, there is no perfect answer when it comes to TTC.
It’s important to remember that every woman’s body is different, and what works for one woman might not work for another.
If you’re trying to conceive, my advice is to stay away from TTC forums. They will do more harm than good. There are other resources out there that can provide support and information without making you feel obsessed and overwhelmed. Trust your gut instinct and don’t compare yourself to other women.
What To Do Instead of Joining a TTC Forum
So, if you’re trying to conceive, what should you do instead of joining a TTC forum?
There are plenty of other resources out there that can provide support and information without making you feel obsessed and overwhelmed. Some other options include:
- Trying to Conceive Groups on Facebook
- Fertility Blogs (like this one!)
- Fertility Podcasts
- Books on Fertility
- Your OBGYN or fertility specialist
These are all great options that can provide support and information during your TTC journey. Remember, every woman’s body is different, so what works for one woman might not work for another.
How to Find Your TTC Community
- Search Fertility Coach on Google
- Go to Facebook
- Find Like-minded Women
Search for a Fertility Coach
Many women do not know that fertility-specific help is out there. One way you can find a community is by searching for a fertility blog or coach, like myself, who can help support you on your journey.
Many coaches have free communities you can join to help you along your journey. You can join my free Mother Mindset Community on Facebook here.
Join a Facebook Group
Another way to find support on your TTC journey is by finding a facebook group community. If you go to the groups tab on facebook and simply search “TTC” or “Fertility” you’ll be able to find a list of TTC communities that could help.
Find Like-Minded Women
In reference to the above, finding a coach and community, it is equally as important to find a community of like-minded women. For example, the women in my group are women of God who are leaning (or trying to) on their faith in God during their TTC journey and feel encouraged in that way.
It’s vital to find a community that fits your specific needs.
There are many different ways to find your TTC community. You can search for a fertility coach on Google, find like-minded women on Facebook, or ask your OBGYN or fertility specialist for recommendations. Whatever you do, make sure you find a community that makes you feel supported and informed.
Forums can be a great resource for information and support when trying to conceive, but they can also be overwhelming and harmful. It’s important to find a community of women who are supportive and informative. There are many different ways to find a TTC community, so don’t hesitate to ask around or search online. Remember that every woman’s body is different, so what works for one woman might not work for another. Stay positive and trust your gut instinct. You can do this!
Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!