When it comes to holiday hours, each fertility clinic operates differently. Some clinics close for a few days or even weeks during the winter holidays. Other clinics maintain morning monitoring hours, but schedule IVF lab procedures for after the New Year. Closing all or a portion of the facility allows treatment staff to spend much needed time with family, gives them the opportunity to catch up on paperwork, and offers down time to thoroughly clean the lab without risking egg or embryo viability.
For everyone, stress and overeating can be a dastardly duo during the holidays. For infertility patients, the two can wreak havoc on your weight, your peace-of-mind and, yes, your fertility treatment.
It's no secret that patients who are at peak health and healthy weights — and are best able to manage the stresses of life and infertility — have more success with fertility treatment. That is why fertility practices such as mine partner with organizations such as Pullling Down the Moon to offer education on nutrition, exercise and stress management techniques— and how it all can impact your fertility.
Here's seven solutions to reduce your holiday stress and overeating.
Everybody knows that there are certain things you need to do when you’re pregnant. But the time before you conceive is often ignored. Taking care of your body may help you get pregnant. It can also improve the critical first few weeks of fetal development—a time you might not even know you’re pregnant. Here’s our list of the top 10 ways that you get your body baby ready for the new year!
Bummed out by all of the pregnancy announcements, baby bumps and nudges about when you're going to procreate? Well, that's the holidays for you -- but it doesn't mean you should suffer alone. Here are some tips for surviving the holidays while struggling to conceive.
As a client of CNY Fertility Center, I have read both of Dr. Robert Kiltz's books, The Fertile Secret: 10 Steps to Living Your Most Fertile Life and The Art of Living With Intent. I’m constantly in awe of the grace Dr. Kiltz steps through life with. He is a warm, generous man with an amazingly positive, holistic outlook on life. I turned to him for help when I decided to write an article on dealing with holiday stress, knowing I wouldn’t get the traditional answers everyone writes about. He did not disappoint.
Jews and infertile people have a lot in common. So while other women are disappointed in and appalled at how their relatives treat them when they're trying to cope with infertility, infertile Jewish women are, yes, a little irritated with our relatives, but that's nothing new. Most of our relatives are an irritating bunch. We're certainly not disappointed in how they're handling our infertility issues. We've never been dumb or naive enough to expect compassion and understanding. They're not a compassionate or understanding group. I love my background and am extremely proud of my people as a whole, but something happens to them when they're relatives... and they gather together in a furnished home.
The lights, the noise, the social events you must attend, the hustle and bustle. Santa ringing a bell on every corner and endless Toys 'R Us commercials and the focus on children and presents. This time of year is stressful enough without throwing in the added burden of dreading social gatherings with people who will inevitably say the wrong thing about infertility and trying to conceive.