Taking a Break from Trying to Get Pregnant

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Dealing with fertility issues can be really rough. Infertility can drain you emotionally, financially and physically. All of these things can really wreak havoc on a couple’s relationship. Sometimes, the best thing that can happen is to take a break.

It might seem counterintuitive to take a break from conceiving when all you want to do is get pregnant, but it can actually be a great choice. There are many reasons that couples might decide to take a break from trying to get pregnant. Read on for more information.

1. It’s Decision Time

When it is time for a couple to make a big decision about their fertility journey that can be a good time to take a break. When it’s time for a couple to try a new fertility treatment option, like donor eggs or surrogacy, a break might be a good idea.

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When a couple is needing to decide whether or not they can financially continue treatments, a break is a good idea. If a couple is ready to switch doctors or fertility clinics, sometimes taking a break and a step back can be just what the doctor ordered.

2. Exhaustion Has Set In

Struggling with infertility can be incredibly exhausting. Not only physically exhausting, but emotionally and mentally exhausting as well. Therapy can sometimes be helpful in these situations, but sometimes taking a break is the best therapy. Once a couple is out of the everyday struggle of trying to get pregnant, they can take a breath, reevaluate and decide what the best course of action is.

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3. A Loss Has Occurred

When a couple has experienced a recent pregnancy loss, it is a good idea to take a break. Miscarriage or stillbirth can be an extremely traumatic thing to go through, no matter if it is a couple’s first time or fifth time. Even if a woman’s body is ready to try to get pregnant again, it is usually a good idea to take a break until they feel ready to try again.
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4. How To Take A Break

The best thing to do when a couple feels like taking a break, is to talk to their doctor. The doctor can tell a couple whether or not taking a break is a good idea. The doctor might have suggestions for the couple on how long of a break is a good idea.

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Sometimes time is not on a couple’s side, and taking a break might do more harm than good. If a couple does decide to take a break, they definitely need to set a resume date, or at least a reevaluation date. Taking a break can really help a couple to catch their breath and reevaluate their prospects, and figure out where to go next.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.