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10 Tips for TTC While You’re Home for the Holidays

a blog by Claire, November 20, 2012

Are you traveling to your childhood home this holiday season? Thinking this cycle is a bust before it even begins? Not so fast. We have 10 tips for TTC and rekindling a little romance while you're home for the holidays.

  1. Get out of the bed. Chances are you’re staying in your old bedroom with the New Kids on the Block sheets and poster of John Stamos on the wall. Take this as your opportunity to sneak away to a more private and creative location for a romantic rendezvous with your significant other. You can dream about Uncle Jesse later.
  2. Ditch the OPKs. You won’t be able to pack those ovulation tests without someone finding them: airport security, your mom, or Aunt Sheila’s nosey Maltese rummaging through your luggage. Skip the Ovulation Prediction Kits this holiday season. A more discrete method of tracking your ovulation is charting Basal Body Temperature (BBT), but you will need to do this for about 3 months in order to see an ovulation pattern.
  3. Fill up on aphrodisiacs. Asparagus, Almonds, Bananas, Chocolate, Figs, Garlic, Oysters, and Honey are said to ramp up your sex drive. Many of these foods also contain essential vitamins for boosting your fertility…score!
  4. Get creative with your lingerie, or lack thereof. You won’t be able to pack something sexy for each night you’re away (same reasons as #2). In this case, less is more. Bring a few small articles you can hide in your luggage and leave the rest up to your imagination.
  5. Designate a safe place for storing your fertility drugs. A bit of a buzz kill, but if you are in the middle of a fertility treatment cycle, sticking to the dosing schedule and storing fertility drugs properly is essential. You can make this as private or funny as you’d like. Use your elementary school lunch box and store them in your mom’s vegetable crisper or label them with a silly phrase like: “Fra- gee-lay. Must be Italian” (from the holiday classic, A Christmas Story).
  6. Have a glass of wine, but in moderation. Red wine is a good source of antioxidants and can lower insulin resistance (shout out to the girls with PCOS). It can help prevent cancer, make difficult relatives more manageable, and might put you in the mood. But remember, too much isn’t a good thing. The verdict is still out on how much alcohol is safe during a fertility treatment cycle.
  7. Laugh off the holiday crazies. Turns out laughter really is the best medicine. While lying in bed, have a little recap of all the funny and ridiculous things that happened to you or your partner that day. You might be reminded of their great sense of humor and why you were attracted to them in the first place!
  8. Welcome the childhood stories and photos. Embarrassing? Sure. But sometimes that vulnerability brings you closer than ever to your partner. We’re not in middle school anymore, but sometimes a little playful teasing can lead to cuddling and kissing. You connect the dots.
  9. Invent cues for being excused. A secret word or specific look is all it takes to signal “it’s time to go!” Take advantage of times your family is distracted- singing holiday songs around a piano, or cooing over the newest addition to the family. Excuse yourselves and bring the excitement to the bedroom.
  10. Don’t forget your toothbrush. You don’t want to risk being snowed in or 17 miles from the nearest drug store…and you certainly don’t want to borrow one! Plus, poor dental hygiene has been linked to infertility.

Holidays and TTC are stressful as it is. Be creative and take this holiday season as your opportunity to be spontaneous, fun, and stress-free. For more tips on coping and holiday chuckles, check out our Holiday Infertility Survival Guide.

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