“Holidays can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. Expectations are at a peak. Pressure comes, both from the outside and within, to break out of the normal routine – to celebrate, and to enjoy! But for the person experiencing infertility, holidays can add additional emotional stress to an already complicated situation.”
This comes from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. The organization also says that, by planning ahead and recognizing that holidays may be uncomfortable, you can prepare yourself and make getting through them a bit easier.
RESOLVE offers several Dos and Don’ts, such as:
- DO: Be selective about accepting invitations to parties and holiday celebrations, especially the ones at which you know there will be a lot of children or pregnant women. Remember: you don’t have to say yes.
- DON’T: Feel guilty about not participating in all the traditional family events. You’re going through a difficult time, and you need to concentrate on helping yourself and your partner get through the holidays.
Other tips cover visiting family and friends, handling celebrations and sharing your feelings. Be sure to read these if the holiday season adds stress to your fertility situation.