Coping with Infertility during the Holidays
From October 31st to January 1, people are caught up with the festivities of the season. From trick-or-treating to family gatherings to cute photos of babies with bows, this time of year tends to have a heavy focus on children. When you are struggling to get pregnant, getting through the holidays can be tough. Understanding how to take care of yourself can help you enjoy the season and find some holiday cheer.
Tips for Dealing with Infertility and the Holiday Season
Give yourself a break
Wanting a baby and not succeeding in your efforts can impact your whole life. It’s hard to have much holiday spirit when you feel so discouraged. Acknowledge your feelings and cut yourself some slack if you don’t feel so festive this year.
Set healthy boundaries
Because of your infertility, family gatherings and holiday parties with young children may just add salt to your wound. Don’t feel like you have to accept every invitation. Put in an appearance, but let friends and relatives know that you aren’t up for a marathon holiday event.
Plan adult-only activities
Though Santa breakfasts and family tree-trimming parties abound, try to find alternatives for you and your partner. Plan a night at the symphony or treat yourself to a four-course meal at a fancy restaurant. These settings are geared for adults, so you won’t have to subject yourself to little kids and their parents.
Remember those less fortunate
When you are dealing with infertility, it can be difficult to see past your own pain. This time of year, many charities offer opportunities to help those in need. Stocking a local food pantry, serving a meal at a homeless shelter, or buying holiday gifts for a needy family can remind you that others are suffering too.
Although you may not have the one gift you desire, a healthy baby, having a plan for the holidays can allow you to make the most of the season and to focus on continuing your fertility journey in the coming New Year.