It’s a complete mind game isn’t it? That time between ovulation and peeing on a stick. The waiting, the wondering, the dreaming, the fear, the torment. Unaffectionately known as the two week wait, it’s a time when nothing else in your life seems to matter anymore and you have to pry your body away from the chemist and bargain with yourself to stop taking pregnancy tests on a daily basis.
But I’m not here to tell you to stop obsessing during this period (sorry, poor word choice). Because that is just not possible – ESPECIALLY if your potential pregnancy has been stimulated by hormone injections….just ask my husband.
I understand the constant mind battle that goes on, oscillating between indulging in motherhood day-dreams and trying to get used to the idea that your family may not continue to grow.
So here’s the thing, it’s going to be a tough two weeks, but time doesn’t stop. You will get there, you just need to try and stay busy and positive through this obstacle course. And here are my top tips to help you find your way safely to the end.
1. Keep busy.
In my family, the time-old way to keep busy, handed down from generation to generation, is cleaning. And I can certainly recommend it to help manage those pesky mind games. Who hasn’t got a cupboard that needs cleaning out or a pantry that isn’t need of a make-over? And when was the last time you scrubbed that oven? Go on, get to it.
What is your favorite form of escape? You know, where you are able to forget about the troubles of the day or the pack of tim tams you devoured at 3pm…it might be reading a good book, listening to a podcast or running a marathon. For me it's watching movies. I get swept away with the characters and their lives and forget about my own reality – but if movies are your thing too, maybe avoid films like ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ and ‘Knocked Up…