Infertility Two Week Wait – What Do I Do Now?
There is a pause when we are in the midst of fertility treatment.
It is not so affectionately referred to as the two week wait.
It’s when there is very little to do but just that.
Surviving the Two Week Wait After Fertility Treatment
You’ve done the stimulations, you’ve done the blood draws and ultrasounds and procedures. You’ve taken the medications and seen your hopes go up and down and now there’s nothing to do but wait.
We’re waiting to see if it worked. And by worked, I mean, are we pregnant?
That’s all we really want to know.
Has it happened?
A lot of us start to feel mysterious symptoms that tell us, absolutely, that we are or we are not pregnant. We may feel nauseous or not nauseous. We may feel fatigued and so we are pregnant. We may feel full of energy and so we are pregnant. We may feel precisely the same and not be pregnant.
This is pure and simple crazy making.
In fact, most of us find this time period more difficult than any other during the course of fertility treatment. Because there’s nothing tangible to do. It’s where we can relate more easily to the men in our lives than at any other time of fertility treatment.
We hear over and over again how often men want to fix something; do something; anything at all. And here we are, feeling precisely the same way. Can’t I do something, anything?
Finding Peace During the Two Week Wait
Sometimes we just feel like if we do everything, every step, exactly right, it will work. Eat exactly the right foods, sleep enough, avoid anything with alcohol or caffeine or sugar or bad fats or bad carbs, and the list goes on and on and on.
Maybe if we don’t feel stress at work. Or we don’t raise our heartbeat over what it takes to walk ten feet. Maybe if we don’t argue with our mother’s, friends, partners. Maybe if we finally take that meditation class.
Isn’t there anything at all we can do besides go crazy waiting?
Yes. We can distract ourselves. Read a good or bad book. Watch movies. Talk to friends and family members. Garden. Walk. Listen or play music. Play games. Knit. Draw. Paint. Write. Play darts. Wash your dog. Go to a museum, comedy show, play, casino, sports event, concert.
Yes. We can also breathe into quieter places and find strength from within. And I guarantee it’s there. I don’t guarantee much in life, that’s not my place or my job. But I guarantee this. If you are going through infertilityand fertility treatment, you have an inner strength that you can engage and find comfort from. I absolutely guarantee it. One hundred percent. It’s there. If you’re not sure how to find it or what to do with it if you should stumble across it, call me, we’ll figure it out together.
It’s not only possible to make it through the two week wait, it’s possible even to find moments of peace during it.
Let me know if you need help, that’s what I’m here for.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.