Having a baby is one of the most incredible, wonderful, and even magical things you can experience. But, about 1 in 8 women in the UK alone struggle with infertility. While having a baby can be overwhelming in an amazing way, struggling to have one can be overwhelming in a devastating fashion.
Infertility is hard to even talk about, let alone cope with if you’re going through it.
But, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and equally important to know that there are things you can do to help you with coping.
Someday, you might be celebrating the arrival of a beautiful baby. There are plenty of ways to make that happen. Until then, you can breathe through this difficult time and find effective ways to cope. Let’s go over a few.
1. Cut Back on Pregnancy Tests
When you’re actively trying to get pregnant, you might stock up on tests so you can “check” as often as possible.
Unfortunately, taking a pregnancy test every day can become a bit of an obsession. It can lead to a lot of extra stress and tension. When you focus all of your emotions on the outcome of a test, you’re putting pressure on yourself that you absolutely don’t have to.
Try to limit yourself to only taking a test once a week, or at least every few days. You’ll take away some of that pressure, alleviate stress, and if you do get the answer you’re looking for, you’ll be that much more excited when it happens.
2. Do Something You Enjoy
Struggling to get pregnant can completely take over your mind if you give it that power. Again, this will end up causing extra stress and can actually make it harder to conceive.
So, while the idea may never fully leave your mind, it’s good to do things you enjoy. Make a list of some of your favorite things and practice self-care as often as possible. Try to do something every single day that you truly enjoy doing, whether it’s by yourself, with your partner, or with friends.
By taking your mind off of your efforts to conceive, even for a short time, you can improve your mental health and feel more relaxed. You might even feel a sense of gratitude for the things in your life you do have, and the things you can enjoy.
3. Don’t Hide Your Feelings
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to keep your emotions inside. If struggles with infertility are truly getting to you, talk to someone about it. Start with your partner, and express how you truly feel, even if it’s hard to do so.
You might also want to consider support groups, a counselor or therapist, or a family member you trust. Going to a fertility clinic can also help to give you answers, and provide support as you express your concerns.
Remember, you’re not alone in your struggles, and you can continue to do whatever it takes to get pregnant. In the meantime, however, make sure you’re taking care of yourself and coping in ways that are healthy and effective.
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