Going through infertility treatments is tough. It takes a toll on your emotions, your relationships with your partner, loved ones and friends. Many people think that taking the medications is the toughest part of going through infertility treatments but what many people don’t talk about is how difficult the waiting period can be from the time the treatment is over – either an ovulation, insemination or embryo transfer to the time of the pregnancy test. Waiting for the pregnancy test result is emotionally draining. Preparing yourself for that wait is essential for your emotional well-being.
This is what I recommend: Even if you’ve decided to take time off work after your embryo transfer, make sure that your days are full of activities. What are some things you can do?
1. Pick an area of your house to organize and make a plan of what you’re going to organize on what day and check it off on a list of things to do.
2. Read a book that you’ve wanted to read but haven’t had enough time.
3. Organize old pictures
4. Take cooking classes and cook/bake at home.
5. As you wait for your results you will find your mind wandering…am I pregnant? Am I not pregnant? What am I going to do if I’m not pregnant. Active thinking is the best approach. Pick a mantra.
Every time a negative thought pops into your mind, “I’m never going to get pregnant.” Just repeat your mantra. It could be something as simple as “Happy Healthy Baby.” Say it over and over. Don’t let your thoughts consume you. As soon as a negative thought crosses your mind – start saying your mantra.
What do all these activities have in common? They keep your hands and mind working. Keeping busy and occupied will help you get through some of the toughest and most challenging times of your life so that when the waiting period is over – it will have gone as quickly as possible without you feeling more emotionally drained than you need to feel.