Friday, June 28th, 2013
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.
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Image: Courtesy of Clearblue.
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Thursday, December 15th, 2011
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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