Managing stress and anxiety

Managing stress and anxiety

Managing stress and anxiety

Keeping on top of stress and anxiety

Whether you have just started trying to conceive or have been trying for a while, you may be experiencing an incredible mix of emotions, stress and anxiety. 

It is important to remember that you are not alone in how you are feeling and support is out there should you need it. Whilst each and every person experiencing this is unique, it’s also important to remember that you are in a fantastically supportive fertility community that you can turn to for help and support. So, do take the time to acknowledge and come to terms with how this is affecting you personally, and as a couple if that is the case. Talk it through with your partner, a supportive friend or family member, or write down how you are feeling in a diary or journal. But then do consider reaching out to the wider fertility community and support groups. 

Where to turn to for support

With so many people having an opinion, it’s really important that you know you can turn to trusted sources of support and information. These would include:

  • The Fertility Network UK provide information, advice, support and understanding. They have a support line, as well as online support groups across the UK. They also provide regular news updates
  • The British Infertility Counselling Association are a professional infertility counselling association and can provide details of a huge network of fertility counsellors across the UK
  • Fertility clinics. If your IVF treatment has been interrupted, ensure that you keep in regular contact with your fertility clinic to understand when treatments can be rescheduled and what your ongoing options are.

Self-care & taking time out to switch off

Whilst you have been going through your journey to start a family you will have understood the importance of self-care and making sure you are looking after both your physical and mental wellbeing. Try your best to keep up those good habits of getting plenty of exercise, eating well and taking your folic acid supplements, as well as any other nutrients you feel might be lacking in your diet.

If you find it hard to relax your mind, NHS information about mindfulness is a great place to start: NHS UK - Mindfulness (

Social media

Whilst it’s not advised to spend too much time with your eyes glued to your screen, the online community  can be a great source of information and inspiration if used correctly. Take some time out to rid your social media of negative influencers and replace them with people who’s content you find interesting and positive. 


How can we support you?

If stress is taking over and you no longer feel in control of your fertility journey, fertility coaching could help you to re-balance your life, regain positivity and better navigate your path to parenthood.
Discuss your feelings and goals openly in a judgement-free space, and learn coping techniques for difficult days.

If you have any questions, call us on 0330 330 3849


Updated on 13/04/2022   Review by 13/04/2025