The two-week wait is that time post ovulation to menstruation / a positive pregnancy test. When you are trying to conceive this time can be filled with a heady cocktail of hope and despair. When there has been an assisted reproduction techniques such as IVF, this time can be fraught with emotions.
The agonising two-week wait before your pregnancy test can leave you feeling a little lost. If you are under a clinic then you will have had months of tests, scans, and appointments and will have been closely monitored by your IVF clinic, and now it may feel like you are on your own. You will likely go on ‘symptom watch’, sway between green smoothies and banoffee pie, fall in and out of love with Dr Google, check the loo roll every time you have a wee, and generally lose your damn mind. If you feel a little untethered without any appointments in the diary, now is a good time to up the self-care or to book yourself a therapy appointment. If seeing a therapist isn’t accessible to you then here are some accessible and affordable ways to look after yourself during this time:
Ultimately, what will be will be. You cannot control this one, and unfortunately ‘being good’ or doing everything to the letter doesn’t always get you the result you want. One of the worst aspects can be the feeling of a lack of control - we all like a bit of certainty in our lives, and uncertainty is rocket fuel for anxiety. Practicing surrendering to the process can feel overwhelming, so instead, every day, write down or name 3 things you did well and 3 things that you are grateful for. That way, you are re-wiring your brain to focus on all of the positivity and good that you have in your life.
If you really are losing your mind, then book a therapy session so that your acupuncturist can help to calm your mind. During this time I tend to use CranioSacral Therapy as it is really effective at nourishing the nervous system. I will give you the space to express all of your ‘what if’ inner chatter so it isn’t simmering under the surface. There tends to be a sense of breath-holding while you wait for your pregnancy test; booking a therapy appointment will help to alleviate your anxiety, and calm your nervous system.
Alison is a registered acupuncturist and co-owner of Blossom Natural Health in Chelmsford. She has been specialising in fertility and women’s health for the last 20 years and is the fertility acupuncturist for Bourn Hall fertility clinic in Wickford. She loves combining Acupuncture, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Somato-Emotional Release to help her clients with stress, digestive issue and pain relief.