Chilling out during IVF/ICSI/FET - Fertility Network UK

Fertility Network UK
23,055 members35,040 posts

Chilling out during IVF/ICSI/FET

KiraJean
KiraJean

Hey Lovely People,

I'm just wondering what everyone does to chill out while they go through assisted conception?

Do you distract yourselves with a good book? Chat to a friend? Bake a nice cake? Do yoga?

I'm curious, because although I'm not anxious exactly and pretty happy most of the time, I often feel tense or stressed and I would like to fill my days with a tad more relaxing activities. I have lots of hobbies, but they are not actually that relaxing.

21 Replies
oldestnewest

Before I had egg collection I just carried on as normal, went to the gym a lot and I always have lots of plans at weekends, spending time with husband and visiting my family. Keeping busy is definitely a good idea.

After egg collection I took it easy and didn't do too much for a couple of days plus I had a bad back so couldn't go anywhere but for the rest of the treatment I tried to distract myself.

I like to binge watch things on Netflix! Xx

Puzzles!! We got a massive, difficult puzzle. Sounds ridiculous but has helped (currently half way through 2WW and not mad yet)!

KiraJean
KiraJean
in reply to HPLondon

I actually have a puzzle at home I have never done, so maybe this is the thing for me!

I do gentle yoga, walking, stroking cats and dogs, cooking, reading, meditating x

KiraJean
KiraJean
in reply to Kari55

Oh I wish my landlord allowed pets!

Kari55
Kari55
in reply to KiraJean

I haven’t got my own pets but there is always a nice cat in my garden (probably because I planted catmint 😊) and plenty of dogs in the parks x

Hidden
Hidden

Lots of puzzles!! Gentle walks!! Cross stitch!! Netflix!! Sleep!! 😊

KiraJean
KiraJean
in reply to Hidden

I’m in to embroidery so cross stitch would be fun ☺️

I have a little list on my phone and just pick one thing each day. That way I don’t even have to think of something and I just do it!

I’ll be in my 2WW in 4 weeks time so I’ll be dipping into my list then!

Things to do in the 2WW....

•Go to the cinema

•Relaxation meditations on YouTube

•Read kindle / magazines

•Mindfullness colouring book

•Wordsearches

•Day trip out, picnic

•Go out for a lovely tea with hubby

•Mooch around Trafford centre

•Walk into the village for a coffee (decaf!)

•Start a new box set

•Print loads of photos and make up memories albums for each holiday/family event

•Watch old DVDs I’ve not seen in yrs

Hopefully you might like some of these ideas to keep you nice and busy?! Xxx

Camillage
Camillage
in reply to ShinyStar

Might have to copy this entire list! Xx

ShinyStar
ShinyStar
in reply to Camillage

Of course of course, please feel free! It feels lovely to be able to help anyone in some small way!! Xxx

Camillage
Camillage
in reply to ShinyStar

Thank you xx

😁

KiraJean
KiraJean
in reply to ShinyStar

I’m definitely doing this!

I like to lose myself in a book or box set but I do find I get emotionally involved in them so have to stick to easy readers rather than gripping novels or any beaches type films! Also, I love a walk in nature or down the beach.

I do become quite a loner though.... ha ha x

Swimming was great for me until I got to taking pessaries and had to stop x

Yep! Me too 😕

There are so many things you can do. I once read an instagram post written by someone who said they were using that time to invest in themselves.

Maybe read some books you've had on your list. Pick up some magazines and have a cup of tea. Take a day trip. Hit a local museum. Try a new recipe. Remember that IVF is exhausting so if you're going that, you may need to rest and your social calendar may need a bit of a break. Invite some friends over and bake or bake for your neighbours. Watch some films you've always wanted to see or have a movie marathon. Rest because napping is so helpful if you're drained during this process like I was our first time around. Get some fresh air - go to a pumpkin patch or farm to pick some vegetables. There are so many options.

Books, day trips (seaside, castles, Arboretums, picnics) box sets, dvds, trips to the cinema... We try to pack in as many day trips as possible so that even if we end up with a bfn we still have nice memories to look back on too xx

ShinyStar
ShinyStar
in reply to Tugsgirl

That’s a lovely way to look at it, knowing you have made memories together xxx

KiraJean
KiraJean
in reply to Tugsgirl

That is a great idea!

Tugsgirl
Tugsgirl
in reply to KiraJean

Be sure to take lots of photos to remind you of the nice things you did xx

You may also like...