inFertility & trying to conceive
Achieving pregnancy can be like trying to catch a butterfly. The harder you try, the more elusive it becomes.
Trying to conceive can take its toll on relationships. Besides, communicating with family and friends who have not experienced the fertility roller coaster can be tricky. However, there are things you can do to improve your fertility. Attending infertility counselling can help bring some clarity to your future, and heal the past.
It is an emotionally distressing time when family and friends announce pregnancy or deliver their baby whilst you are trying to conceive. This can lead to confusion and despair, despite you being happy for their good news. It is helpful to talk to a Perinatal Psychologist about these feelings and ensure they don’t interfere with the fertility process or disrupt relationships.
The importance of building resiliency in the fertility journey
Spending some time with a Psychologist before starting a family can prepare you for the fertility journey. As well as building your resiliency both personally and as a team. Counselling prior to conceiving can help anyone unsure about becoming a parent, or experiencing fear about an aspect of pregnancy.
Some people seek help from a psychologist to address particular issues prior to starting a family to improve their fertility. Therefore, resolving underlying unhappiness, career direction or anxiety issues prior to trying to conceiving can be helpful.
The idea of bringing a new life into the world can make couples feel motivated to take on issues in their relationship. Therefore, attending relationship coaching can help couples strengthen their bond and work out parenting issues before they become an issue.
For some women, grief and loss is part of the picture of fertility and trying to conceive. Miscarriage and stillbirth is still not something that is talked about enough. Many women end up dealing with feelings of guilt, shame and sadness alone. The World Health Organisation’s article which you can access here talks about just how often women are unable to express their grief on a global scale. Speaking with a warm and nurturing Perinatal Psychologist about this loss can help you move through the darkest times with safety.
How to improve your fertility
Making sure that you are as relaxed as possible is of benefit when it comes to winning the baby race. Speaking with your Geelong GP can get you started on the physical changes you might need to make, such as giving up smoking.
Equally important is to learn some relaxation techniques and manage your anxiety to increase your fertility.
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