BONUS 253: The Trying Game by Amy Klein

April 3, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Amy Klein, an infertility survivor, a journalist, and author of The Trying Game, which comes out on April 7, 2020 (but you can preorder NOW).

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Amy and Heather discuss her career as a journalist, advice from her book, and life after infertility:

INTRODUCTION

  • Your whole story is in Episode 184, but tell us the brief version of your journey to parenthood.

JOURNALISM

  • What made you decide to write about your journey in 2013, when no one was talking about it?
  • How did you get a column in the New York Times?
  • How did it feel to be writing about IVF, especially while going through miscarriages? And what about people commenting on your choices?

THE BOOK

  • Why did you decide to write a book about this, especially when there is so much information available on the internet?
  • How can women sift through the information available to them? Do we really have to be experts to be successful?
  • You start your book with “oh shoot, am I infertile?” What should women know when they first start trying, especially if they don’t anticipate having problems conceiving?
  • Are there things they can do before they go to a fertility clinic?
  • You talk about egg freezing. In your opinion, who should do it?
  • You have a whole chapter on financing IVF, which is an important topic. What are some creative ways to finance fertility treatments and other paths to parenthood?
  • You talk about fighting with your husband. What are some tips about how couples can get along while battling infertility?
  • You write about regrets. Do you have any regrets, and how can women look forward instead of backward?
  • You talk about “baby envy” and the mean thoughts we often have toward others who are pregnant. How can we handle these feelings?
  • How can you handle telling people about fertility treatment? How might you deal with their questions?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

LIFE AFTER INFERTILITY

  • You’ve had many losses. What do you wish people knew about miscarriage and recurrent miscarriages?
  • What is pregnancy and motherhood like after infertility and loss?
  • We always hear about happy endings and persevering. Is there a time when you should call it quits?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to women who are still on their infertility journey?

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