While the holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, for couples who are facing infertility, the holiday season can be difficult. Our experts share some tips on how to cope during the holidays, and offer support for friends or family members experiencing infertility this season.
5 Ways to Navigate Infertility During the Holiday Season
- Be selective with the events you attend. While you may receive many invitations to holiday-related events this season, you are not obligated to attend them all! Be selective and choose to spend time with those in your support network who knows what you are going through.
- It’s okay to say “no”. If seeing pregnant women or babies is too difficult for you, it may be a good option to avoid social events geared toward children and families. Remember that it’s okay to say “no” and opt for a more intimate gathering instead.
- Choose what to share with others. Many well-intentioned family members may ask the dreaded “when are you having kids?” question. You can prepare yourself with an appropriate response so that you aren’t caught off guard, and feel empowered to only share only what you’re comfortable with. While some women are an open book when it comes to their infertility journey, others may prefer to keep their experience to themselves.
- Get out of your normal routine. If the worry of infertility during the holiday season seems too much, it is okay to take a break and get of your normal routine! Instead of staying home, try taking a weekend trip with a loved one and pause your treatment cycle for a month to take time for self-care.
- Lean on your support system. Your circle of supportive friends and family are here for you. Lean on them during a difficult season, and share the joy. Attending a support group can also be helpful to have peers that can relate to you.
The fertility experts at South Jersey Fertility Center are here for you through every step of your journey. Contact your care team for information on resources, support or general questions.