Melissa Rycroft Talks Clearblue and Planning for Baby #2

Melissa Rycroft is one busy mama! The 30-year-old silver screen star has been a correspondent for Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight, and she’s competed on Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor. Today, I chatted with her about her new partnership with Clearblue and their innovative Advanced Digital Ovulation test, and I learned a little more about her personal life as well.

P: How do you juggle being a wife and mom with your various work commitments? Do you have any advice for other working moms?

MR: It’s all about prioritizing. I love having a career, but it comes second to having a family. Family is #1 for us. You have to see what works with your family’s dynamic. If you are at work, you are going to feel guilty for not being home. If you are at home all the time, you might feel a little guilty for letting that part of your life go. We try to keep a balance. For example, if I travel my family often comes with me, or I am only gone for a day. And that’s great, too, because then [my husband, Tye Strickland, and 2-year-old daughter, Ava] can have daddy-daughter time. But what works for us is not going to work for other people, and there isn’t a perfect formula.

P: Can you tell me a little bit about why you decided to team up with Clearblue?

MR: I joined up with Clearblue a few months ago because it was a perfect fit for me. At that point, my husband and I were in the pre-planning stages of adding to our family. I wanted to share my journey, which is something that I have enjoyed doing. Clearblue has a new Advanced Digital Ovulation test that I was using even while we were still in that pre-planning stage. It was a great way to get to know my body. It gives you your four most fertile days, doubling the amount of time per month that other tests give. That really takes out the stress during a time that is supposed to be exciting, not stressful.

P: So, can I assume you are past the pre-planning stage now?

MR: Yes, we are past the pre-planning stage now! You can interpret that how you like. I don’t want to give too much away. I will say that both Tye and I want a big family so we are excited about where this will lead. We’ve asked our daughter if she wants to be a big sister and she said “no,” but I know she’ll be great at it when the time comes.

Are you also thinking of adding to your family? Find out if you’re ready for another child and read more about increasing your chances of getting pregnant.

Image: Courtesy of Clearblue.

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