I’ve Been Trying to Get Pregnant for 9 Months. Here’s Everything No One Tells You About the Process

The amount of inaccurate and misleading pregnancy information I’ve been given is staggering

Charlie Brown
7 min readFeb 20, 2023
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It’s not easy to admit that you’ve been trying — and failing — to fall pregnant for nearly a year. No one talks about this shit. You’re meant to be stoic and private and quietly carry the burden alone.

But this isn’t an article about my potential child-free future. This is an article about how much I, as a relatively well-informed, intelligent woman, understood fuck all about getting pregnant. And how much false, inaccurate, and frankly fake information — largely based on judgment and guilt — I’ve been given about the process.

As adults, we hardly talk about baby-making sex. Explicit sex chat seems to be all well and good in younger years, but once it’s about babymaking, people get all coy and use words like “trying.” If they talk about it at all.

The whole thing makes for one confusing, stressful, lonely experience.

I’ve done some deep research into the murky world of getting pregnant. It’s time to shine some light on this shitshow — because you can’t believe everything you’re told (or indeed not told).



Charlie Brown

Writer of opinions. Wine & food pro. Editor of Rooted, a boostable Medium food & drink pub. Niche-avoidant. Also at thesaucemag.substack.com