With all the attention on family and the joy of children at Christmas, the festive season can be especially hard if you are struggling to conceive or going through fertility treatment.
You may feel a mixture of emotions at this time of year: Frustration and disappointment that you have not had a baby yet, but hopeful that maybe this time next year, you will have a family of your own.
However you may feel, we are here to support you. We are open if you need to talk throughout the festive period, closed to patients only on Christmas Day.
We will be taking expert care of your eggs, embryos and sperm as usual, ensuring there is no disruption to your journey.
Here is some advice from our team to help you cope with the IVF journey and trying to conceive at Christmas:
- Put yourself first: Christmas is a time for giving but this does not mean you have to ignore your own needs and feelings. Take time out – you do not need to attend every event, especially if you find it hard to be around pregnant friends, family members or places where there will be lots of children around.
- Be prepared: At this time of year when family and friends get together, it is inevitable that you may face well-meaning questions about when you will be having a family, from people who don’t know about your situation. Talk to your partner beforehand and agree social strategies together on how you will respond.
- Keep positive: Christmas marks the end of the year and the beginning of a fresh start. 2019 could be the year that you do have your baby and if you are planning to start IVF in the New Year, it can a great relief to gain some control. You will be getting expert help, from people who will do everything they can to make your dream of a baby come true.
- Keep healthy: Enjoy a glass a wine or two but try to maintain your health goals for pregnancy and fertility treatment, especially if you have been working hard in recent weeks to reach a healthy BMI or have made lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking. Health and lifestyle does have significant impact on chances of pregnancy and fertility treatment success, so keep focused.
- Use your support network: Make sure you get help if you are struggling, from those who understand and can relate to what you are going through. Our fertility counsellors are available to all our patients, either online via Skype, face-to-face or over the phone. There are also online support forums and helplines, including Fertility Network UK Support Line 0121 323 5025,Fertility Friends and HealthUnlocked IVF community, via the NHS IVF support page.
Start your IVF journey
If you’d like our help to have a family, you can self-refer online or call us on 0161 300 2730. We have immediate consultations available with our fertility specialists, and a range of packages to give you financial reassurance and help make treatment cost-effective.
Or you can book a free 1-2-1 to explore your options.