It seems Like Everyone is Pregnant, But Me

WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?

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It never fails, when you are trying to get pregnant, every single woman around you will end up pregnant. It will seem that no matter where you look, big, glowing pregnant bellies are everywhere. It can be really hard to cope when it seems like everyone else is pregnant except for you, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. Read on for more tips.

1. Bow Out When You Need To

It’s completely understandable that if you are having trouble conceiving, you might not want to be in the middle of pregnancy talk all the time. Give yourself a break and give yourself permission to bow out of certain events or get togethers where you know the focus will be baby-related talk. You don’t have to go to every playdate, every dinner outing or every shopping trip. Cut yourself some slack and make sure to bow out of events that you might not really want to attend.

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2. Get Support

Every girl should have someone in her corner that she can complain to and vent her frustrations to. Whether it be her mom, her sister, her best friend, it doesn’t matter. Many women find that therapy is a great option when you are feeling upset and depressed about not being able to conceive.

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Seriously consider seeking therapy if you are having trouble dealing with your feelings regarding not being able to conceive, or if you are having trouble processing your feelings about the other women in your life getting pregnant.

3. Don’t Do Showers

One of the most important things to remember is that if you don’t feel up to attending the baby showers of your pregnant friends, coworkers and family members, then you shouldn’t feel like you have to. Don’t feel guilty and don’t be ashamed.

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If you are close to the person who is having the shower, tell them that you just don’t feel up to attending, and explain your situation if needed. However, if you are not too close to that person, don’t feel bad just giving a gift and staying away.

4. Join Others Like You

If you are having trouble conceiving, and it seems like you are all alone, you might want to consider joining a support group. There are many support groups for women just like you, whether they be in person support groups, or online ones.

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There, you can connect with and get to know other women who are in the same position as you, and you can have people that you know are on your side and really and truly understand what you are going through. These ladies can be a source of lifelong friendship and support, so don’t underestimate support groups.

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.