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  • Smita Parikh, MD

Getting back into the swing of things after taking a break

Well hello!

I apologize for being MIA but I had to take a few months off to spend some time with my family and enjoy the summer weather (read: It was impossible to get any work done with my 4 year old and 2 year old home for summer break running around me in circles - literally).

But, the kids are back in school and I am ready to jump back in and wanted to touch upon a something that comes up quite often with my clients who are undergoing fertility treatments. After a few unsuccessful cycles, many couples will choose to just take a break from it all. Summer is a popular time for that as many people will plan trips since things are slower at the office and its hard to do all of that when you’re dealing with injections, blood draws, ultrasound and office visits.

But often times instead of feeling refreshed, they come back feeling a bit anxious and overwhelmed (many times because they were hoping they may get pregnant naturally during their “break”). Below are some proven and effective tips on how to get your head straight after you have some time off so that you can restart this journey with confidence.

Prepare for your doctors visits

- Gather all of your medical info in one place. I help clients construct a one page summary of their medical history that they can provide to their physicians so that everyone is on the same page. If it’s been some time since you have seen your REI or you have a new REI, this is very useful for them to scan and helps refresh their memory quickly so you have more time to discuss any questions or concerns you have with them.

- Keep a list of questions/concerns that you can access easily when you see your doctor and make sure they get answered. I tell clients to make a list on their phones (I do so in my notes section) so that they will always have it with them.

Get your body ready again

Perhaps you took off the summer to indulge a bit (rose all day anyone?) That’s great. Slowly try to get back into your routine of eating healthier, exercising, and don't skip on the prenatals!

Do the mental prep

Undergoing fertility treatments is hard work. But you have to psych yourself up for this. Make the choice to go through this with confidence and ease. Don’t let the worry seep in. Tell yourself that you can get through this no matter what happens. If you have been practicing mindfulness or meditating, doing yoga, etc. or anything else that helps you feel grounded, keep at it. Dig up that list of positive affirmations! This is when you will need it the most.

Find your tribe.

Perhaps loop in a few friends or family members and open up and share your struggle. Explain that this can be a difficult process with lots of ups and downs and that you may need some extra support and love during this time.

Ready. Set. Go! You got this!

If you are seeking extra support book a complimentary consultation today to get started.

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