10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Fertility Journey
As we’re approaching the end of the year and the beginning of a new, you can breathe. You did it. You survived the holidays despite the emotional ups and downs that infertility can cause this time of year. And now, with the excitement of a new year, there are new possibilities and hope for what this year will bring. It’s a great time to start things off with a fresh outlook, make some adjustments, and take control over the things that will help create a positive impact on our everyday lives. These New Year’s Resolutions for your fertility journey will help you do just that.
Break Up with Dr. Google. Put the computers and mobile devices down! There are several reasons that this is important. One…it takes up way too much time, and two…the information you’re finding is more than likely going to make you more scared and confused than you were before you started the search. You know we’re right. Stop the search, and call your doctor instead.
Give Yourself Permission to be Selfish. You don’t have to be the people pleaser all the time. Give yourself permission to skip a baby shower, the kid’s birthday party, a friend’s gender reveal celebration or any other event that is going to cause pain. Also give yourself permission to not feel guilty for doing so.
Do Not Blame Yourself. When you’re going through something like infertility, it’s easy to place blame on yourself. Do not do this! Whether you think you ate the wrong way, drank too much, or waited too long to start trying. Whatever it is, this way of thinking will not do you any good. This struggle is not your fault. This is a time to love yourself and to be kind to yourself – all of which can only help your chances of conceiving.
Choose Your Words Wisely. What does this have to do with a positive outlook on fertility? “A person’s life is largely reflected by the words spoken from his tongue.” This suggests that every time you speak, you are potentially affecting your future. Huh? Sure, it sounds silly, but why not give it a try? It can’t hurt to eliminate negative words and phrases that cause pain and replace them with positive words instead.
Take Care of You. No, this doesn’t mean you have to stop being a good friend, wife, daughter, but it does mean that YOU need to focus on YOU. Do the things you love or find new activities to boost your mental well-being. Read more books, meditate, invest in regular massages, and surround yourself with people that make you happy.
Take Better Care of Your Body. Getting pregnant starts with a healthy body, so take good care of yourself physically (It’ll help with the emotional stuff too.)! Educate yourself on healthy foods, and include them in your diet. Get active – walk, hike, join the gym. Even pampering yourself falls into this category– go to the spa, get a facial or a massage or even a new hairdo.
Start a New Hobby. Break the routine that fertility treatments can bring. Does counting the days of your cycle over and over sound all too familiar? You need a distraction to this cycle, and a new hobby will give you that. Maybe take that art or cooking class you’ve always wanted to try, volunteer at a charity, or even dance classes with your partner– anything that makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
Share Your Story. Even if you’re the silent type, the worst thing you can do is go through this process alone. Sharing your story is a powerful way to push through. You may find support in people who you would have never thought of. You need them and they may need you, but you don’t know until you open up.Connect - whether it’s by starting a blog, joining a support group, or chatting with a group of friends.
Stay Positive & Keep Trying. Ugh, not this phrase again! We get it. It’s one of the most annoying things you can hear, BUT when you remain positive, you feel better, have a healthier outlook – all of which can only help your chances of becoming pregnant.
Let Go of Bitterness, Jealousy, and Anger. Easier said than done, of course, but try your hardest to not let these feelings rob you of your own peace and happiness. Again, this affects your mood, stress levels, and has a negative impact on your emotional well-being – none of which is good for baby making.
In addition to these resolutions for your fertility this year, you should also find a doctor you love. Throughout this process, you need to surround yourself with people who care. This starts and ends with a fertility doctor and practice that offers compassion for their patients and knowledge and expertise of the fertility process. CRM Orlando can be that for you. For information or to schedule a consultation at either of our successful fertility clinics in Orlando, FL or Celebration, FL please give us a call at (800) 343-6331.