You’ve been charting and temping and diligently doing the deed, and the holidays are about to ruin everything. While sleeping on a pullout couch and dodging nosy questions from aunts and uncles, TTC is downright impossible. That’s why we’ve created a workaround guide.
Problem No. 1: You’re in your old bedroom
Let’s see, what’s the opposite of romantic? Well, that unsexy feeling goes on steroids when you’re staying at your parents’ or in-laws’ house. First off, there are the über-thin walls. Then, there are the photos of you or your partner during a preteen awkward phase. Add to that a few juvenile decorations and the fact that you’re squished together in one of your (teeny) childhood beds with your sibling’s room right next door and you’ve got the recipe for a major mood kill.
How to Deal : If TTC sex is starting to feel routinethis is the perfect excuse to spice things up. Slip away one afternoon for some much-needed alone time—check in to a local motel for a few hours or make like teenagers and steam up those car windows (just be sure you’re parked somewhere extra-private!).
Problem No. 2: You’ve got those TSA agents to contend with.
It’s aggravating enough being the one randomly selected for a bag search, but just imagine your sexy lingerie, fertility monitor and home pregnancy test spread across the TSA counter for all to see. In the movies, that’s right about the time your high school rival would walk by with her gorgeous triplets all wearing perfect little Christmas outfits.
How to Deal: This one’s a no-brainer. Don’t bring anything you’d be embarrassed about in your carry-on. Pack it discreetly in your suitcase and check your luggage through. Or better yet, ship a TTC package ahead of time to your destination—it will travel incognito and be waiting safely for you when you arrive. (And if anyone asks, just tell them there are presents in the box.)
Problem No. 3: Everyone else is wasted.
’Tis the season for holiday parties, and while it’s totally fine to have a glass of wine with dinner while you’re TTC, you probably don’t want to drink too much. (If you didn’t know already, excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to fertility problems; plus, there’s lag time between conception and getting a plus sign on a pregnancy test, so you could already be pregnant.) And when you’re not drinking, everyone who is is so much more annoying. Right?
How to Deal: Some say babies and toddlers are like little drunk adults, so think of this as great practice for parenthood! See how patient you and your partner can be as you help your uncle clean up the canapés he knocked on the floor or listen to your cousin babble on about her spoon collection. When you’ve hit your limit, escape to a cozy corner of the house and take a break from the insanity (that’s one thing you won’t be able to do with baby, so appreciate it now).
The list goes on and on. Read more holiday hindrances to babymaking — and solutions — here.