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Coping on your fertility journey at Christmas time

Posted by Dr Fertility on

With such a big focus on family, Christmas time can be an incredibly difficult time for couples who are struggling to get pregnant. Surrounded by happy families and Father Christmas can make everything feel so much worse. You feel like you should be having fun with everyone else but often you just feel empty and lonely.

Remember with 1 in 6 couples in the UK having fertility issues you are not alone.

But what can you do? There is nothing that can simply remove your grief and pain but trying to be kind to yourselves and find some enjoyment during the festive period can help.

Dr Fertility has some suggestions for surviving the festive period:

  1. Be kind to each other and have a Christmas that will be nice for both of you. You don’t have to follow the Christmas traditions or attend any parties that you won’t enjoy. Instead do some nice things together as a couple, e.g. Getting out and appreciating nature can be very good for the soul. Have a date night or if you don’t feel like doing anything have a cosy time watching your favourite movies.
  2. If you do feel upset, it is OK, don’t be hard on yourself. It is good to release your emotions, if you feel like crying, have a cry. Give yourself a day off from putting on a brave face, but then say right tomorrow I am going to put my positive hat on and do some nice things for myself. Go to the gym, have a massage, cook a nice meal etc.
  3. Choose carefully who you socialise with, spend time around positive, people who make you feel good.
  4. Remember that having the Christmas you both want and which makes you feel better is not selfish. It is your Christmas too and you have a right to have a good time and spend it however you like.

If you haven’t already, check out Fertility Network UK, who are there to provide information, advice, support and understanding. They offer a support telephone line, support groups and an online community


We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Love from,

Dr Fertility


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