How to Navigate the Two Week Wait.
The Two Week Wait (TWW) following fertility treatments or during the natural conception process is often described as a rollercoaster of emotions. We support many people in clinic during this time as people often feel overwhelmed, anxious and out of control. Many people try to symptom spot, or google for information, which often can make the situation worse. So what can you do to help you through the Two Week Wait?
Firstly, it’s crucial to acknowledge and accept the emotional turmoil that may arise during this waiting period. Understanding that it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, including excitement, anxiety, and even disappointment, can help in managing expectations. Many people experience heightened sensitivity to physical symptoms during this time, leading to over-analysis of every twinge or ache. It’s important to remain mindful and avoid reading too much into every sensation. In many ways during this time the body thinks it’s pregnant as you have high levels of progesterone, so it really is impossible to tell if you’re actually pregnant or not.
Secondly, find your support team. This can significantly ease the burden of the two-week wait. Whether it’s confiding in a trusted friend, partner, or joining online fertility communities, sharing your experiences and feelings can provide comfort and perspective. Connecting with others who are going through similar journeys fosters a sense of understanding and camaraderie, helping you feel less isolated.
Thirdly anything that addresses your stress (apart from wine!) is going to help. Engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as yoga, meditation, or hobbies, can help divert attention from constant thoughts about conception. And of course the Two Week Wait is an excellent time for acupuncture or reflexology to help address the feelings of anxiety and any of the other symptoms you may be experiencing.
Finally, while it’s tempting to take multiple pregnancy tests during the two-week wait, it’s helpful to try to resist the urge for early testing. Testing too soon can lead to false negatives and unnecessary disappointment. Instead, focus on staying occupied with activities that bring fulfillment and joy.
If you’d like to hear more about navigating the Two Week Wait please have a listen to our podcast on this topic. We also have our very own Two Week Wait course, an online programme of nurturing practices, designed to help you through.