I’m Emily, Grazia’s Features Director and I’ve got a confession to make: I’m trying for a baby. It’s been a long and winding road, one so unending that I’ve even had time to write a novel about how hilarious it can be. TRYING is a comedy about what to expect when you’re not expecting. Because I don’t like to feel lonely in these pursuits – and because we don’t talk openly enough about how tough failing to conceive can be – I’ve rounded up all the identifying features of us lesser spotted TRY HARDS.
Your significant other now calls you Barb, you spend so much time in the upside down
Screaming babies make you want to melt, not put your fingers in your ears
This... looks like adventurous sex
Your animals have become (less than impressed) surrogate babies
You’ve learned your entire human biology from message boards
Your calendar doesn't have meetings or weekends, only fertile days
Your handbag jangles like a maraca with all the supplements
It's not ripped abs and fitspo that makes you want to punch your Instagram feed - it's stretch marks and bumpspo
You used to plan your nights out in the fortnight after pay day, and now it's only the fortnight before implantation
Chewing the middle of a pineapple on the same day every month makes complete sense
(apparently it aids conception)
TRYING is due 22 Feb 2018 from Hodder & Stoughton. Pre-order it on Amazon here.