When struggling with trying to conceive, the body and mind can both take a beating. Struggling with infertility issues can bring on feelings of anger, jealousy, failure and fatigue. Unfortunately, the emotions of TTC can become a vicious cycle…you get stressed and upset because you can’t conceive, and the stress and anger can prevent you from conceiving. Fertility Fitness recently featured an article on dealing with the emotions of TTC. The article also delved into the relational tolls TTC can take on a couple, as well as the financial stresses that can come from undergoing lots of expensive infertility treatments.
If you are struggling with TTC, understand that you are not alone! Thankfully, the taboo of TTC is being lifted, with a number of women blogging about their struggles with TTC in an effort to help others in the same situation. I encourage you to check out some of these blogs; the Stirrup Queens has a list of infertility blogs, organized in different categories like surrogacy, general infertility, loss and adoption.
Here are some other suggestions for dealing with the emotions of TTC:
Spend time with your spouse/partner…take time away from work, life and the stresses of TTC to go on a date or a long getaway weekend. Just enjoy each other and resume some normalcy in your lives.
Take care of yourself…Get a massage, pedicure or manicure. Go shopping. Sleep in. Do something you enjoy to recharge your batteries and take some time for yourself.
Find a listening ear…Find a friend who can listen and be a sounding board for your stress. Just talking things through can be a great way to deal with the stress.