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What You Shouldn't Say To A Mom Who Is Struggling To Get Pregnant Again

Lee Rubin Collins had her first baby in the mid 1990s, and the whole experience was such a joy, she says, she and her husband immediately said, "Let's keep doing this!" They got pregnant easily the first time around, so she was surprised when they tried and tried... and nothing happened. Ultimately, it took two years of fertility treatment, five cycles of in vitro fertilization, and one miscarriage before Collins was able to have another child, making her one of the millions of women in the United States who face secondary infertility -- a condition that is seemingly as misunderstood as it is common. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here's what not to say to women and couples who are struggling to conceive again, and what to say instead:  1. "You got pregnant once. It will happen again." A woman who has already conceived one or more biological children but can't get or stay pregnant again is considered to have secondary infertility. And it's common. Estimates suggest that more than 3 million women in the United States have grappled with it. Yet the condition is often misunderstood by friends and family who assume that just because a woman had a baby once, she'll definitely be able to again. Unfortunately, that's not true. "Just because a couple conceives their first child easily does not mean conceiving again will necessarily be as easy," said Dr. Katherine Melzer Ross, a reproductive endocrinologist with GENESIS Fertili...
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