You Can Have a Life While Getting In Vitro

Many women find that when they are undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments, they hardly ever think about anything else. Treating infertility is something which requires education, time and a commitment. However, it doesn't have to be the be-all-and-end-all to your life. You are able to have other interests and activities in your life while undergoing the treatments. In fact, a well-rounded life will make you a more relaxed person and probably better suited to the whole ordeal of coping with your infertility problems. It's true that you're going to spend a significant chunk of your time dealing with the infertility issue. You will have to take the time to not only go to your IVF appointments but to do the research necessary to make sure that you understand what IVF is all about. You're going to be talking a lot with your partner about the pregnancy situation. And you're probably going to find yourself regularly seeking out information about your options as well as friendships with people who understand what you're going through. That's healthy. What's not healthy is putting the rest of your life on hold while you deal with infertility. You should continue to read books and blogs that are about things (other than fertility) which interest you. You should continue seeing friends that you've had for a long time and make sure to talk about things other than the baby situation. And you should continue working or pursuing hobbies that keep you engaged in life. (One success story of a woman who has done this can be found here.) We all want to have a well-rounded mom; it might be the best thing that you can give your future baby. Question of the Day: Have you found your interest in things slipping away as you focus on fertility?

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