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Becoming pregnant can be a challenging stage in life whether fertility treatments are needed or not. Remember that patience is key, the journey may be long but it may come with a lifetime reward in the end. A positive attitude is very important to maintain a strong relationship and a healthy wellbeing for the entire family.
Infertility sometimes become physically and emotionally draining struggle for some couples. However, even though you may feel exasperated by the delay in starting your family, practicing mindfulness and focusing on positivity in the face of fertility challenges can provide major benefits such as:
• IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR OWN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Infertility takes a toll, especially if it’s been a lifelong struggle. While several studies differ in their findings concerning the exact percentage of infertile couples reporting mental health problems, it’s usually accepted that infertility can increase stress, anxiety and depression and can cause anger, sadness and social isolation.
• INCREASING OF THE CHANCE OF GETTING PREGNANT
Fertility problems are much more likely caused by a complex mixture of biological, genetic, environmental and mental factors. Just Reducing the stress, anxiety and depression won’t necessarily make you pregnant, nor is there a clear-cut cause and effect between poor mental health and infertility. However, poor mental health may negatively affect fertility in different ways which we don’t understand yet, and also what’s the harm in thinking positively?
Changing your mindset to a positive one is easier said than done. Following tips may help you, if you are having trouble being positive.
1. Have Realistic Expectations
Unfortunately, due to confusing information from friends and family, misleading websites or sometimes even from family doctors, patients can often have unrealistic expectations of the IVF process. Rather than relying on misinformed information, understanding the basics of conception will help to develop realistic expectations about the IVF journey. Patients with realistic expectations will be better prepared for the emotional rollercoaster and the complications that can occur along the way. Ask your fertility specialist about your chances of falling pregnant and what you should expect throughout the IVF process.
2. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise will not only improve the maturation of eggs but it will also help you keep a strong mind, decrease your levels of stress and give you more energy to cope. Engage your partner or a friend to help keep you motivated and accountable.
3. Maintain Your Life Outside Trying to Fall Pregnant
It is important that the treatment does not consume you. Try to maintain your enjoyment in other aspects of your life - maintain a sexual and happy relationship with your partner, go on a holiday or take a mini break, take up a new hobby, study something new, maintain your friendships or do something you've always wanted to do. Continue to discuss any changes or challenges with your partner or trusted support as well as your doctor.
4. Surround Yourself with The Right Amount of Support
Support from family and friends may work well in your favour and encourage a positive outlook. However, it can become overwhelming for patients, particularly those who are struggling with the journey. Discuss this with your partner and decide on the most appropriate form of action here. It is not necessary to tell everyone in the early stages. If you aren't coping, don't be afraid to seek further professional help such as counselling.
5. Be kind to yourself
One of the biggest mistakes people make when struggling with fertility is succumbing to negative self-talk. You may recognize some of your own thoughts in the following phrases:
Suppose, somebody share these feelings with you, would you blame them for their infertility or would you console them? No doubt, you would choose the second option. Now think about this: what’s the difference between that person and yourself?
Nothing at all!
Next time you talk negatively to yourself, imagine you are saying the same thing to a friend, stranger or even yourself as a young child. It will be much harder to insult yourself and you might start thinking more positively as a result.
6. Block out Negativity
Sometimes, negative thoughts about infertility bother so much. The foremost key to the positivity is avoiding negative thoughts before they affect your emotions and health.
Redirect your attention from these thoughts by introducing a distraction.
If you had a negative pregnancy test, that means this month for you did not work out but it does not mean that it is not going to work out. You should stop seeing this as a failure and try to consider it as a part of a long process. If you are not getting pregnant right away, you are not alone! It takes time, even for the healthiest couples. We should accept the fact that it does not take the same amount of time for everyone to get pregnant and taking longer does not mean you are failing. Try thinking positive and gradually you will realize that you start to feel more positive about the whole thing.
7. Cope up with current emotions
Maybe you cannot help but feel sad or angry. But that is completely fine – people do have variations in their mental states, and for some, their brain can make it more challenging to be positive during the hard times. If you are struggling with your emotions, these solutions may help:
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