Infertility can be a difficult and isolating experience, especially when it seems like everyone around you is getting pregnant. You want to be really happy and excited for your friends and loved ones, but the reality is that inside you are longing for the day you are able to make the same announcement.
There are many ways that you can cope with infertility when it feels like you're surrounded by baby announcements and it is important to remember that no one size fits all. Here are a few of our top tips:
1. Take a break from social media
Seeing pregnancy announcements and baby pictures on social media can be triggering and make you feel like you're missing out. Consider taking a break from social media or unfollowing accounts that post a lot of baby-related content. If you would rather not unfriend or unfollow someone because they are a friend of yours, you can also hide their posts for a number of days. This stops their posts showing up in your feed without you needing to unfollow. They also don't know that you have hidden their posts.
2. Connect with others who understand
Infertility can be a lonely experience, but there are others out there who understand what you're going through. Consider joining a support group or connecting with others online who are going through similar experiences. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to complete strangers about these things. Facebook groups are a great place to find people to connect with. Often you are able to search for groups in your local area or maybe you want to connect with someone on the other side of the world. Search relevant keywords in Facebook and a selection of groups should show. If Facebook isn't your thing then you can also search for online groups such as Moms In The Making (momsinthemaking.com) or the Peanut app (peanut-app.io).
3. Prioritize self-care
Infertility can be emotionally and physically draining, so it's important to take care of yourself. Make sure to prioritize self-care activities that make you feel good, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones. Let your partner know that you need some time to yourself and enjoy some of your favorite activities. A long hot bath and a good book is also something you can do if you don’t feel like getting out of the house.
4. Consider therapy
Therapy can be a helpful tool for coping with infertility. A therapist can provide a safe space to talk about your feelings and offer coping strategies for dealing with the emotional ups and downs of infertility. If you are unsure where to go or how to start this process, book in to see your doctor and they should be able to help get you started.
Remember, infertility is a medical condition and not a reflection of your worth or value as a person. Be kind to yourself and don't be afraid to reach out for support when you need it.
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