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How I Plan to Keep My Friends

It starts off simple enough…a comment here and there about wanting another baby.

Then, a month passes, and the comments grow closer together.

Then, another month and talk of conception crowds out any other topic, until you can see your friends fall asleep before your eyes.

In an attempt to keep my friendships while on this journey to get pregnant again, I’ve decided to try something new.

Today, I joined a message board for women who, like me, are trying to conceive.

I’ve never been an active participant in any message boards. Though I’ve peeked my head into the birth clubs, I have never truly been tempted to join in.

But, in an effort to keep my sanity, I took a deep breath and introduced myself to the group and offered a brief rundown of our history of trying to conceive.

The response has been amazing. I was flooded with lovely replies welcoming me and offering encouragement and an ear when I need one. They asked questions, offered suggestions, and shared bits of their stories.

The group that I joined has over 7,000 members.

7,000 women who are willing to listen and offer support.

7,000 women who want to talk about this journey.

I’m amazed by how knowledgeable and encouraging these women are.

Have I been missing out? Are message boards more helpful than I ever realized?

What are your thoughts? Are you active in any trying to conceive or birth club message boards? Have you found them welcoming? I’d love to hear your opinions.

For more great online communities, check out Babble’s Top 50 Facebook Fan Pages for Parents!

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