7 Ways to Survive the Holidays While Trying to Conceive

holidays while trying to conceive

Last Updated on December 22, 2023 by Avi Steen

As we gear up for the holiday season, the time has come to talk about Turkey dressing, stuffing, and, of course, the unique challenges of trying to conceive. Navigating invasive questions from well-meaning relatives, particularly Aunt Deb, can be a real test of your sanity. Fear not, for I am here – your natural fertility coach – to share strategies for surviving and thriving during the holidays while trying to conceive. Let’s unwrap the gift of survival together.

Setting the Scene:

Imagine being at a family gathering, the aroma of baked Mac and cheese and sweet potato pie filling the air. Distant family members start to arrive, hugs are exchanged, and then comes the inevitable bomb from Aunt Deb – “When are you having kids?” 

We’ve all been there, feeling the internal meltdown. 

But remember, you’re not alone; the holidays can feel like a fertility minefield. In this quick episode, I’ll share self-care tips to help you tackle the season while trying to conceive.

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7 Ways to Survive the Holidays While Trying to Conceive

1. Prioritize Self-Care:

Start with self-care to manage stress and enhance resilience. Engage in activities that work for you, whether it’s prayer, reading, getting a massage, or ensuring you get enough sleep. Taking care of your emotional wellness is crucial during family gatherings.

2. Set Realistic Expectations:

Acknowledge that the holidays can be stressful, and it’s okay not to have everything perfect. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your partner regarding social commitments and holiday preparations. Embrace imperfections, recognizing that you are only human.

3. Communicate with Your Partner:

Maintain open and honest communication with your partner. Share your feelings, fears, and hopes regarding conceiving. Ensure that both of you understand each other’s needs and provide support emotionally throughout the journey.

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4. Create Boundaries:

Establish boundaries with friends and family regarding discussions on fertility. Let them know if you’re uncomfortable sharing your plans and prefer to focus on enjoying the holiday festivities.

5. Focus on Connection:

Use the holiday season as an opportunity to strengthen your connection with your husband. Engage in activities that bring joy, create positive memories, and consider starting traditions to carry into future family celebrations.

6. Seek Support:

Reach out to friends, family, or support groups that understand your journey. Sharing experiences can be therapeutic, and the insights from those who have gone through similar situations can offer encouragement and a different perspective.

7. Practice Gratitude:

Despite the challenges, focus on the positive aspects of your life. Reflect on what and who you are grateful for, shifting your mindset and bringing emotional balance during this trying time of conception.

Bonus Scriptures:

To further guide you, consider meditating on these scriptures:

– Psalms 128:3

– Philippians 4:6

– Exodus 23:26

You are not just surviving; you are thriving. Aunt Deb’s baby questions have met their match, and with these strategies, you can navigate the holiday season with grace and resilience on your journey to conception. 

Remember, you are not alone – you are a part of the Fertile Faith Family, and together, we can thrive through the holidays.

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