American Baby’s Baby Booty: Get-Pregnant Giveaway

 

Rosie Pope

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Rosie Pope over the phone for our February issue, and last week, I got to meet her in person. If you haven’t seen her Bravo show Pregnant in Heels, it’s a reality show where Rosie helps out-of-touch pregnant couples, mostly New Yorkers, get ready to have their baby. She’s filming a new season—and pregnant with her third child, due in May!

The “pregnant” part is relevant because Rosie is very open about her fertility struggles. She has used IVF; she’s had to terminate an ectopic pregnancy. Her current pregnancy came more or less “naturally,” though she jokes that having been “jacked up on fertility drugs” in the recent past probably played a role. Her candor and honesty about it all makes you feel like, in her, you have a girlfriend you’ve known all your life. (Albeit one with a funny hybrid American-English accent and crazy long dancer’s legs…in other words, much more glamorous than most girlfriends.) So if you’re looking to hear from someone who has been on the front lines of fertility struggles, perhaps because you’re going through them yourself, I highly suggest you check out her blog which describes some of her heartache and hope.

Here are 3 things I learned from my time with Rosie and also with Susan Wysocki, a renowned nurse practitioner:

1. We take home-pregnancy tests for granted. Like, ridiculously for granted. It wasn’t so long ago that a doctor would have to inject an animal with a woman’s urine to know, early on, if she was pregnant! But the fact that we have easy tests doesn’t seem to make us any more relaxed. We expect to get pregnant as soon as we start trying, and we’ll test ourselves six times, as if we’ll get a different answer. Testing is simpler and more private now, but getting pregnant is still the same “miracle,” as Rosie says, it has always been.

2. Nosiness is at an all-time high. It’s tempting to shake a finger at the tabloids and their overzealous “is she pregnant?” speculation (poor Kate Middleton!), but my coworkers and I were tracking Jessica Simpson as if we couldn’t help it. We were waiting for Beyonce’s announcement with baited breath too. But Rosie pointed out that it’s the real-world nosiness that really gets to you; the people who ask “Are you trying?!” over Christmas dinner. (Her response: “That’s private,” said firmly but with a smile, ends the conversation…unless maybe you’re talking to your mother or mother-in-law.) 

3. More pregnancies happen over the holidays than any other time, according to Susan, who was at our soiree as a spokeswoman for Clearblue. Why? Who knows! But many of us have extra time off, and nice meals at home, and maybe alcohol gets involved…at any rate, a lot of babies are born in August and September, nine months after the Thanksgiving-to-New-Years run.

And on that note…maybe you’re trying for a baby in 2012? In case you are, the folks at Clearblue are generously providing three goody bags that I can give to three very lucky people. Each bag has one of their highly rated Clearblue fertility monitors, 30 fertility monitor test sticks, 7 ovulation tests, and 2 pregnancy tests. That’s $350 worth of pregnancy tools per bag! Interested? Post a comment here; don’t be shy, we’re a whole community of parents and we get it. You have through the end of the day on Wednesday, December 21st, to post, and are allowed to post once a day. For the full rules, click here. Goody luck!

 

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  1. by Daphnee Reynolds

    On December 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    My husband and I have been trying for #3 since August and we could really use some help. Was hoping this month would be the month since both my husband and I are both September babies and my sister and brother both have kids that were born in september. I want one too!

  2. by Jessica Temple

    On December 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I would love to be entered in to the giveaway. My husband and I are working on a 2nd child and are having difficulties again. Our first was born in May after 5 years and 2 miscarriages. Thanks!

  3. by Alena Bell

    On December 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    My husband and I had a premie boy who was born at 22 weeks and did not survive the labor. Our daughter is now 16 month and we are ready for another baby. I am having harder time to conceive this time around, and would appreciate any help.

  4. by Suzanne

    On December 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Wanting #2! We have a 2 year old daughter and would love to have more. :) This would be a big help! Thank you.

  5. by Sweet 16

    On December 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Sitting in the OB’s office as I write this! Bring on #2, pretty please!

  6. by Miranda

    On December 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Daily Entry…This is awesome! Would love to win this! 12/15/11

  7. by YA

    On December 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    We’ve been trying for our first for two years now. Anything would be helpful and appreciated. Happy holidays, everyone!

  8. by AKB

    On December 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  9. by Katherine

    On December 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Would love to win this for my sister. She’s had 3 miscarriages even with taking shots of progestrone. Would love to help her have baby #2 as her first is nearly 3 years old.

  10. by SuperwifeJenny

    On December 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Hoping for #2 in 2012! Definitely spent more than $350 on “sticks and tests” while trying for baby #1… This goody bag would be awesome!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. by Amanda

    On December 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Been trying for #2 for about 20 cycles, finally got pregnant in may after 3 rounds of clomid but sadly lost him due to triploid syndrome. 6th cycle since losing him and on my 3rd round of clomid again. TTC can is expensive! a goody bag would be a awesome break on the wallet :-)

  12. by Amanda

    On December 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    My husband and I have been trying for our first for a while now. This would be wonderful to win…help us out a bit :)

  13. by samantha lawson

    On December 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Id love 2 win we’ve had a baby that passed from aids at 4 weeks, 2 miscarriages and a son born at 30 wks.

  14. by ker

    On December 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    We are ready to try for baby #2 again after miscarrying.

  15. by Melissa

    On December 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Have had six miscarriages and two babies. Would really love to have my third before I turn 35. (two years). Have been trying but having great difficulty. This would really help a lot!

  16. by Amy

    On December 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Took almost 5 years for baby number 1, and been trying almost 1 year for baby 2, with 1 miscarriage in between. I have a longer than average cycle and have a hard time pinpointing ovulation.

  17. by Ashlie

    On December 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    We have been TTC #2 for 6 months now.

  18. by April

    On December 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I am writing this to be entered so I can give this wonderful gift to my younger sister, she is 22 years old and her and her husband have been married for two years, they have tried been trying to have a baby for over a year now. She has had 5 miscarriages and is taking medicine to try and control her hormones, I have one child right now who is 18 months and I have vowed not to try and have anymore children till she has one. I hope for this for her and I pray it happens.

  19. by Brandy

    On December 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I would love to win this. My husband and I are TTC and have been to the fertility doctor. It’s quite expensive with the high deductible insurance and this would be such a great Christmas present.

  20. by AB

    On December 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Would love this to help with TTC #1 thanks!

  21. by l h stanney

    On December 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    My husband and I have a 2 year old and have been trying for a year now. I want more than anything to give my daughter a sibling. This could be a HUGE Help for us!
    Deperate in O-H-I-O!

  22. by Brandy

    On December 16, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I would love to win this. My husband and I are TTC and have been to the fertility doctor. It’s quite expensive with the high deductible insurance and this would be such a great Christmas present

  23. by amy b

    On December 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Umm gee I am guilty of Poas and expecting a different result. All I want for 2012 is a bun in the oven. Ttc our first.

  24. by Lisa

    On December 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    We’ve been TTC for 1 year this month. I’d so love to win! With PCOS it’s hard to pinpoint ovulation, and I know so many women who have had luck with the CBFM. <3

  25. by Jen

    On December 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    We’ve been trying unsuccessfully for 6 months now. This goody bag would be so nice! :)

  26. by Jessica

    On December 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    With an irregular cycle and a known genetic issue resulting in an increased chance for miscarriage, we can use all the help we can get in trying for #2!

  27. by Stephanie O

    On December 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    We are going to try sometime after May so this would be of great help!

  28. by Brandy

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I would love to win this. My husband and I are TTC and have been to the fertility doctor. It’s quite expensive with the high deductible insurance and this would be such a great Christmas present.

  29. by AB

    On December 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Great giveaway!!! Would love this for helping with trying for #1!

  30. by serena

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    would love to win this package1 it took us 11 years and 5 miscarriages and 2 still births to have our son who is now 20 months. and i have just miscarried again this month. would love the extra help in trying for number two!

  31. by Kristen

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I would love to be entered in the sweepstakes to help plan for a pregnancy:)

  32. by Kami Guanella

    On December 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I am now finally pregnant with my fourth baby. I had to have gastric bypass and loose 100 pounds to get pregnant! I hope it all turns out well for us. My last 3 pregnancies were difficult. I was hospitalized for most of the pregnancy each time. So far I have been doing alright. I too had to use fertility medications before.

  33. by Brandy

    On December 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I would love to win this – the fertility treatments are expensive and just getting help in this area would be wonderful!

  34. by MO

    On December 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I would love to win!

  35. by AB

    On December 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I would love to win these great products!

  36. by Alyssa

    On December 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    My husband and I have been trying for baby #2 for two years with no luck. I would LOVE to win one :)

  37. by Annie

    On December 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    We can’t wait when we start trying to get pregnant! We’re already using BBT charting, but this would really help things out. Would love to win!

  38. by virgomomwriter

    On December 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for remembering infertility never takes a holiday!

  39. by virgomomwriter

    On December 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for remembering that infertility never takes a holiday!

  40. by Jessica

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Daily entry!

  41. by Lisa

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

    New Year..New Baby to make! My huband is in the military & you can always tell when the spouses get back from deployment because there is always a new bout of babies born the same time…lol! Always could use & share some of the winning prouducts to the other military Ladies!

  42. by Amanda

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Daily entry…
    2 1/2 bottles of 250count folic acid down, hoping for two pink lines before i have to buy another bottle lol

  43. by jamie M

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Would love the extra help!

  44. by Jessica Currin

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This would be such a great tool in TTC!!!

  45. by Crystal

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    My husband have been together for 12 1/2 years, been married for almost 2 years and have been TTC for 1 year. This is my second month of fertility drugs and hope that it will work. We are trying for our first. It’s so hard cause my cousins haven’t had any problems conceiving (as they have their own recently) getting PG and are always asking how things are going…Well here’s to the New Year and hopes of conceiving our first child!!

  46. by Meg

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Gosh this would be an awesome gift to our family! We spent so much trying to get preggo with our first, it finally came true! We can’t wait to have our second but the journey is costly. Any help would be appreciated!

  47. by Vanessa

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Hopefully we’ll be trying in the middle of 2012!

  48. by AB

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hoping for #1 this next year! Would love the help!

  49. by Christine

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I would LOVE this! I am getting ready to wean #1 @ 20mths (too early for my liking) so that we can try for #2!

  50. by Brandy

    On December 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hoping to get pregnant with our first child in 2012! Would be a great Christmas present to win!

  51. by Ashley

    On December 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    This would be a wonderful gift! My husband and I have no kids yet. We have tried off and on for the last year but no baby yet. Now that I will be finished with school (I went back to school to try and stop stressing about TTC) in a couple of months we want to try in 2012. We look forward to being pregnant with #1 in 2012 and are willing to try anything that may help us. Hope everyone has a wonderful 2012!

  52. by Terri Hutchinson

    On December 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    My husband & I were blessed to have a baby boy 8 years ago next month after he’d had 3 miscarriages with 2 other women before we met. He was told by his doctor that he was sterile & it was a miracle when I found out we were pregnant with our son while talking about adoption. We would love to have a baby girl to complete our family & have been trying for such a very long time with no success. A Clearblue fertility monitor would be such an AMAZING gift!! Our family will be considered complete after the birth of our next child (although I don’t know how long that will take to accomplish!) I would love to receive this truly wonderful gift & will gladly pass it along to another ttc couple once we’re thru with it to make their dream come true as well <3 Good luck to everyone in getting the baby of your dreams!!!

  53. by Abbey

    On December 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Would love to win as we try for #2 in 2012!

  54. by Heather

    On December 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Would love to win! Thanks! :)

  55. by Heather

    On December 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Would love to win! Thanks!

  56. by Heather

    On December 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Would love to win! Thanks!

  57. by PF

    On December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    We’ve been trying for our first for the better part of 2011. Hoping that 2012 brings us better luck!

  58. by Carrie

    On December 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Tick, tock…tick, tock. That’s the sound of me getting older. My husband and I have been married 4 1/2 years. We had wanted to get started earlier on our family but unfortunately, we had to go through two years of assistance before we finally got pregnant! Our beautiful daughter is 7 months and we know we want to try for more. Unfortunately, our insurance changed and won’t cover infertility treatment any longer so we’re completely on our own now. We both work so hard everyday, he as a welder and me as a sign language interpreter, that it would be nice to win a little something to make life easier!

  59. by Brandy

    On December 21, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Last day of the contest! Hoping I’m one of the winners! It’s reassuring to see the above comments and know that I’m not the only one that wishes for a child. I have a good feeling about 2012 for us all :o )

  60. by AB

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Would love these products for TTC baby #1! Thanks!

  61. by VC

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I would love to win it as we have been trying for 7 years now with no luck. Hopefully this will be our good luck charm :)

  62. by Sarah

    On December 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    We are ttc our second baby and this would be so helpful. We recently went through a trying time with an early miscarriage. We have used ClearBlue in the past and would love to use them again!

  63. by Sam

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Been trying for months to get pregnant with our second child. Could use some help!!!

  64. by Jennifer

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This is a great gift and I could definately use it. I have never been prego so this would be amazing when we are ready!

  65. by Carrie

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I would love to win this contest. My husband and I will provide a loving, caring, and fun home for the future children we have. We both come from wonderfully supportive families who get together often. We have been dealing with infertility and unfortunately, our insurance has decided the payoff isn’t worth funding this type of issue any longer. We’re on our own now and this goody bag would be so helpful!

  66. by Jessica Hartshorn

    On December 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

    The contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!

  67. by Stacey

    On December 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Would love a goodie bag! We have been working on baby #1 for a year and a half now with no reason as to why it’s not happening other than a fibroid I recently had removed via a D&C.

  68. by Ann Northcott

    On January 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I can’t wait to get pregnant with my third biological child! All the complaints beg to differ after you lay eyes on your newborn no matter how long your laber is!!!

  69. by Francis Fangman

    On January 5, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Non-stop writing. You’ve got a great mind for it ! All I want to say isthat your article is luminous.

  70. by El

    On August 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    My husband and I got married last Summer, have been ttc for a year now. Had a chemical pregnancy last fall, which was hard to deal with, been hoping for a baby ever since. This will be our first, and as I watch other women around me blossom into beautiful pregnant women and mothers, I find myself wondering if it will be my turn, if the dream since I was a little girl would ever come true. But I know, in God’s timing, it will:) Just got to hold on to hope! Blessings!