The entire process of IVF treatment can be like a part-time job, along with your normal routine. Here’s how to make it little easier and cope with it.
Calculate The Time That You Will Need:
- The first thing to do is to look realistically, that means finding out exactly what your individual treatment plan involves, from how many clinic visits you’ll need and the off work breaks you need to take after egg retrieval and embryo transfer.
- Ask for recommendations that you might need to take if you have a very physical job. Learn how to deal with physical and emotional stress.
- Honestly, there’s no way of knowing how your body will respond to fertility medication before your IVF cycle.
- Taking seven to 10 days off for egg retrieval is good if you have the permission to take leave.
- Take a vacation between egg retrieval and transfer if you want to keep the process private.
Plan Well Before Talking To Your Boss:
- It can be helpful to sit down and come up with some concrete ideas to make up for the lost time.
- Can you stay later? Offer to do certain tasks at home? Get a co-worker to cover for you? If you have a long commute between the clinic and work, you might want to consider a creative approach like sitting at a coffee shop and finishing your task in between.
- Having a workable plan can help you feel calmer and more confident.
Don’t Disclose Everything To Your Peers:
- While more women and men are choosing to open up about fertility treatment in the workplace, it is good to keep things private.
- You can get a letter from the fertility clinic and provide it to your employer about the absence.
Prioritize On Your Physical Comfort:
- It is good to sap your energy, as fertility treatments put your body under major changes. One of the aspects of IVF is that the side effects of medication can mimic pregnancy symptoms.
- So, taking extra care to make you comfortable at work is so important.
- To deal with the physical discomfort, invest in some flattering workwear, such as flowing tunics, wrap dresses and comfy flats, and pencil skirts.
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks because it can help relieve nausea, so bring comfort food for lunch and stash away nibbles, such as crackers and nuts, in your purse or desk drawer. Sipping fizzy fluids can also be soothing.
Plan Your Daily Routine:
- Make regular time for activities that dial down your stress levels, whether it’s, cooking, going for walks or doing light exercise, such as yoga.
- Deep breathing and mindfulness classes or apps can offer similar benefits, so find out what works best for you.
Seek an Empathetic Ear:
- Some women find it helpful to talk about what they’re going through, with their partners or a psychologist or a social worker or a fellow traveler of fertility-treatment.
- So meet up with a psychologist or join a forum or start a thread on fertility support groups.
- It is always good to pour your heart with people from the same situation.