If you are trying to conceive, social media can be a double-edged sword. Pregnancy announcements, weekly bump updates and newborn photos can trigger a variety of emotions. While course you are happy for your friends and family members who are realizing their dreams of starting a family, it doesn’t make it any less difficult to see these if you are facing the challenges of infertility.
But social media can also be a great resource for support, inspiration and motivation as you navigate the ups and downs of infertility. To help you weed through some of the noise, we put together a list of our 10 favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you are trying to conceive:
The official account for the National Infertility Association, @resolveorg is an excellent resource promoting support, advocacy and awareness. The organization was founded more than four decades ago with the goal of bringing together women who are facing infertility. According to their website, RESOLVE currently provides free support groups in more than 200 communities; is the leading patient advocacy voice, and serves as the go-to organization for anyone challenged in their family building. On their Instagram page, you’ll find a mix of posts relating to support, advocacy, awareness and education.
Man of IVF (@mansivfview)
Infertility is often misunderstood as a woman’s issue, but many don’t realize that infertility affects men equally. Even when male-factor is not the cause for infertility, the journey of trying to start a family is mentally and emotionally taxing on both partners. On @mansivfview, a 30-something-year-old man shares his view of the IVF journey. Though she posts less frequently, his wife also shares her perspective on a separate account @themummydream
Fertility Affirmations (@fertilityaffirmations)
There is power in positivity. One of the best things that you can do for yourself while you are trying to conceive is to surround yourself with positivity and people who will support you. Facing infertility is difficult and emotionally draining enough without getting caught up in the trap of comparison that often results from social media. Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book and follow accounts that spark joy, like @fertility affirmations.
Lizzy Brownie (@fertilitypositive)
Lizzy is a yoga instructor and health & wellness coach living in New York whose goal is to help break the stigma around infertility by sharing her journey on the account @fertilitypositive. She and her husband Mark moved from Australia last year for his job, and unfortunately, their struggles with fertility came with them. They have completed multiple IUI cycles and three IVF rounds to date, all while sharing raw, emotional updates in an effort to encourage her more than 4,000 followers that they are not alone.
An online magazine, @pregnantish is the first media site dedicated to helping people navigate the challenges of infertility and fertility treatments. The site was founded by Andrea Syratash (@andreainny), a nationally recognized relationship expert, author and frequent contributor to national television shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. Since 2012, Syrtash has personally undergone over a dozen fertility treatments. A complement to the website, the pregnantish Instagram account offers helpful resources, expert advice, inspiration and motivation.
Natalie Crawford, MD (@nataliecrawfordmd)
With the amount of misinformation on the internet, particularly regarding healthcare, physicians across the country are using social media as a way to educate beyond the geographic area in which they care for patients. Natalie Crawford is a board-certified OB/GYN, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility physician living in Austin, Texas. Through her Instagram account @nataliecrawfordmd, blog and podcast As a Woman, Dr. Crawford shares fact-based information regarding fertility and women’s health with the goal of promoting fertility awareness.
The Fertility Kitchen (@thefertilitykitchen)
It’s no secret that nutrition can play a role in your fertility. Founded by an IVF mama, @thefertilitykitchen shares healthy, delicious and nutrient-dense recipes as well as lifestyle advice to help followers achieve their optimal fertility. From broccoli and spinach frittata to macadamia nut brownies, we're getting hungry every time we see these recipes in our feed.
Hilariously Infertile (@hilariously_infertile)
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. With her account @hilariously_infertile, author Karen Jeffries is on a mission to make others who have struggled with infertility laugh and with more than 54,300 followers it must be working. Her profile reads: part teacher, part mom, part wife, fully inappropriate and forever infertile. This account is sure to be a bright spot even on the most difficult days.
Smart PCOS Choices (@smartpcoschoices)
If you have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common condition in reproductive-aged woman that can affect fertility, @smartpcoschoices is an excellent resource for diet and exercise tips to help you manage your condition. Struggling with infertility and PCOS, Kym Campbell created the account to help women that want to get pregnant and those seeking to incorporate natural solutions into their PCOS treatment plan.
How to Buy a Baby (@howtobuyababy)
How to Buy a Baby is a digital comedy series about a couple who can't have a baby the fun way. It was the winner of a Canadian Screen Award for best fiction web series and nominated for an International Emmy. On its Instagram account @howtobuyababy, you’ll find updates about the show along with funny memes and hilarious insights that are sure to offer comic relief to those trying to conceive.
Laurel Fertility Care (@laurelfertilitycare)
While this technically makes number 11, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let you know that Laurel Fertility Care is also on Instagram. A true boutique fertility practice in the Bay Area and Central Valley, we are dedicated to supporting you throughout your fertility journey. Follow us @laurelfertilitycare for helpful information about infertility including the common causes, available treatment resources and patient success stories.