Baby Talk – Planning Ahead


Being a newlywed, the most common questions you hear are?

  • How was the wedding? How was the honeymoon?
  • How’s married life treating you?
  • When are you going to have a baby?

I’ve had my share of conversations with friends and family with all the questions above. Sometimes I give short answers, sometimes lengthy answers, it just depends how the conversation goes.

This might not be the case for every newlywed, but I don’t mind answering the baby questions. I find that people are asking because they are genuinely excited for us to grow our family. We often reply to the baby question with “hopefully soon”. Surprisingly, that answer usually suffice with the inquiring minds 🙂


Me with my 8 month old nephew Jonah

I want to plan ahead and make sure that when the time comes to actively try to conceive, that I am at my healthiest state, both physically and mentally.

I try to consistently eat a healthy diet, make sure I exercise regularly, take vitamins and getting annual check-up with my doctor.

First Response Fertility Test

Recently I had the opportunity to try First Response Fertility Test. I wanted to take the test, in hopes that it will help give me a peace of mind for our plans in the future.

I took the test, first thing in the morning, on the third day of my cycle. Then you wait 30 minutes before you get the results.

This is how the test works:

“The test works by gauging the level of a woman’s FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) in her urine on day 3 of her menstrual cycle. If a woman’s ovarian reserve (eggs) are low in quantity or quality, she will produce higher than normal FSH levels to try and stimulate her ovary to produce a mature egg. A diminished ovarian reserve may interfere with a woman’s ability to become pregnant”

After 30 minutes, I saw a very faint pink line (lighter than the image below) next to the test line. This indicates that my FSH level is within normal range.

Normal FSH level

FSH level

I was happy with the results of the test. It’s a good tool to have for those who are like me, who is thinking about trying to conceive in the future and just planning ahead.

I’m glad to know that we have a green light and that all systems are go for when the time comes to grow our family. For now, I will continue to do what I’m doing, and take good care of my health.

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  1. I had never heard of this test! how cool! Y’all are going to have the cutest kiddos

  2. How exciting! I have never seen this test, and now that I am planning in the near future to try to have another child, I might get this!

    Thanks for this review!

    xoxo ❤

  3. I love how you answer with “hopefully soon”. 🙂 My hubby and I usually say, “We’re not ready right now.” But I like your answer better. Like you, I’m trying to get some things in order first too. But it’s not that I won’t embrace it when it happens. 🙂

  4. ykgirl says:

    I had never heard of this test. It would have come in very handy a few months back.

  5. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    I’ve heard of the tests I don’t even know if I’ve used one in the past. Although I’m 44 and I’m not planning on having any more children it’s good to know those tests are out there for those who are planning.

    Aside from that I just wanted to say that you would be an exceptional mother not to mention you eat healthy and exercise which is a an added plus.

    Best wishes on your new addition when it time.


  6. I didn’t do anything like this test before we started trying to get pregnant, but I did use ovulation tests to find out if I ovulated. I also started taking a prenatal vitamin way in advanced, eat as many vegetables and heatlhy eats as I could, got in plenty of exercise and of course got enough sleep! : )

    I can’t wait to follow along when you are expecting a little one! It seriously is the best and most amazing journey ever!

  7. I was getting excited at first 🙂 That is a cool tool!

  8. Good to know! I’d be pretty annoyed at all the questions, although I DO want a baby within the next few (3-4) years! I’ll keep that test in mind!

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