Trying to conceive during the festive season
The festive season is here, and whilst it can be a great time to unwind, relax and reflect on the year, it can also bring up several emotions which can be tough to deal with, especially if you're trying to conceive. If this is the case, you may find it helpful to prepare for the festive season and beyond so you feel empowered to take on anything that it might bring.
We understand how you may feel at every stage of your fertility journey, and although everyone's path to parenthood is different, we are here to offer support.
Your festive checklist
1. Connect with others who really understand
We started the CARE forum about 20 years ago to give people a way to connect with others who are going through a similar journey to your own. We offer lots of support activities but they’re not available 24/7 unlike the forum, it’s always there when you need it. Sometimes, speaking to others who are in a similar position can provide guidance, advice and reassure you that you are not alone.
If you want to remain anonymous, you can, or you can share your experiences or ask people about their experience. Either way, at any time day or night the Forum is there, a source of emotional support and information and we know that many patients have really benefited from it over the years.
2. Get active
It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose – it can be swimming, yoga, jogging, dancing or grab your warmest coat and scarf and head outside for a walk. A brisk walk counts as moderate activity, and staying active has both mental and physical benefits. Enjoy being close to nature, and allow yourself to think and reflect. If you haven’t done any physical exercise like jogging before, just check with your doctor before you start.
3. Enjoy some quiet time
Rest is vital when you're trying to conceive; make sure you schedule time for yourself and don't overload the calendar. Think about what you enjoy doing (it could be reading, baking or even knitting!), and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the things you're passionate about. You could even use this as an opportunity to create a new festive tradition!
Social media is a fantastic way of connecting, but you should also consider giving yourself some screen-free time and focusing on being present.
4. Get informed
There's a lot of power in knowing lots about fertility treatment. Stay informed about infertility causes, diagnoses, and treatment options to feel empowered to help you make the best decisions and feel in control. Information on different treatment, funding options, fertility tips can all help.
From preparing for IVF to understanding what your menstrual cycle says about your fertility, our blog posts are written by experts at CARE, and our blog is a great resource if you would like to read more about a particular subject.
Sometimes, there is nothing more empowering than a patient story, especially when you can relate or identify with a patient's journey and love hearing about their success. You can read our patient stories here.
5. Eat healthily
Eating a well-balanced diet is not only good for your health but can also increase your chances of conception. It can even help you minimize your stress levels. Consider eating foods high in fibre, like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Reduce your caffeine, sugar, and starch intake since they can trigger your stress hormones.
Overall, you want to ensure your diet is rich in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins as you try to conceive or during pregnancy. Also try and reduce your alcohol intake and stop smoking.
6. Embrace relaxation
Relaxation techniques help to lower stress levels. Practice techniques like yoga and deep breathing to pull your mind away from your worries and gain the relaxation and focus you need.
During these times, it also helps to acknowledge that you're doing everything you can to conceive and that there are endless paths to parenthood. This will help you maintain a positive mindset.
7. Keep your social life
But only do what you feel you can cope with and will make you happy. If you don’t want to go to events with lots of children then don’t. You are allowed to say no to plans and events that make you anxious, and you don't have to answer questions that make you feel uncomfortable.
Support from CARE
When you're ready, CARE will be here to support you throughout your fertility journey. If you want to speak to us you can get in touch or call 0800 564 2270 to speak to a member of our new patient enquiry team.
With love from CARE x