Holiday celebrations are focused on family and children but the hardest of them all is Mothers Day. This is perhaps most bittersweet & punishing day for women dealing with the pain of infertility, secondary infertility or pregnancy loss. There was no avoiding it… supermarkets were bursting with cards, flowers & chocolates, social media feeds & email inboxes flooded with an abundance of special offers, meal vouchers, holidays…the list is endless.
So what can you do to Cope with infertility and look towards the year ahead with optimism on your fertility journey?
Acknowledge all Mothers – The desire to be a mother is cause for celebration. You are a mother in your own heart. You have faced challenges and disappointments on your journey towards motherhood but when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
Treat yourself – Do something that makes you happy. Why not splurge on a shopping trip? Massage? Manicure and pedicure? Book a weekend away from it all and enjoy some quality time with your partner.
Be honest with yourself – Would a change in diet or lifestyle increase your chances of getting pregnant? Make a commitment to yourself to do everything you can to ensure that this is the year that you become a mother.
Talk to someone – Do your friends and family know you are struggling to conceive? Confide in your own Mother on Mothers Day and don’t suffer in silence. Infertility is nothing to be ashamed of and it does not define you as a person. Confiding in others can bring relief & reduce anxiety.
Remember it’s just ONE day– Mothers Day is a manufactured holiday and a commercialised guilt fest. It’s become more about how much you can spend rather than real and genuine affection.
This Mothers day celebrate all of the amazing people in your life.
“A mother is not defined by the number of children you see, but by the love that she holds in her heart” Franchesca Cox
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