Andrea Syrtash can tell you how hard it is to have a baby.
“I've gone through trying to get and stay pregnant for almost six years,” reveals the relationship expert and author of It's Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating Debunked. “I think it's a myth that you can't be a little bit pregnant.”
During her trials to conceive, Andrea noticed that there was little information available, “to support me through the personal and practical parts of the process.” So she set out to create her own space for others experiencing difficulty in having a child.
Her site, pregnantish, is “the first lifestyle online magazine to help singles, couples and LGBTQ navigate the personal and practical parts of fertility treatments and infertility,” Andrea shares. “Anyone who has gone through it knows that the experience is so much more than a medical process – it affects every aspect of someone's life, and there are very practical questions we're trying to help readers and viewers answer.”
With the tagline “Smart talk about fertility,” pregnantish includes everything from how to pick a sperm or egg donor, to whether you should tell your boss that you are going through IVF. Andrea explains that infertility and pregnancy issues are some of the fastest growing and underreported trends of today. “Many women and men feel a bit isolated as they navigate infertility. For some reason, it's still a bit taboo to talk about it – a medical issue shouldn't be taboo.”
The site helps demystify all the testing, treatments and price tags someone may encounter on their journey to have a baby. “It's common for women and men to experience anxiety, sexual issues and hopelessness when they deal with infertility,” Andrea declares. With pregnantish’s offerings of personal essays, expert interviews, video series and a motivational section, “they are not alone.”
Visitors can also find others going through their situation, something Andrea could have used herself when pregnantish came to light.
“I originally came up with the idea for a book proposal,” she says. “Shortly after I shared it and before I shopped it, I had a miscarriage and couldn't bring myself to write the book."
Her website begins where her book left off.
Andrea has some parting words of wisdom for women who are struggling to bring a child into the world. “For anyone who has gone through fertility treatments and/or been pregnant for a time and lost the pregnancy, they know that there's this strange in-between world we live in of being pregnant-ish... Our goal is to help people feel more supported, less confused and less alone.”
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