Father’s Day is a time to celebrate all types of fatherhood, whether that’s fathers in waiting or fathers who have children in their hearts. We know first-hand how painful this day can be and that’s why, together with HSFC fertility clinic, FFH have listed some self-care tips for dads going through the IVF process.
Separating yourself from the IVF process seems impossible when you constantly have to keep an eye on your IVF calendar, but it’s important to still feel like you. Try to set aside a portion of each day to do something you love to do, like painting, hiking or learning a new skill. This can help to release serotonin and to ground you.
We all know it can be a highly anxious, exciting and uncertain time. Relaxing with some calming techniques could be just the break you need on Father’s Day. Others who have gone through the IVF process have said that small things can be calming, such as reading a book, having a candle-lit bath or taking the dog for a walk (if you have one). If you don’t have a dog, this can be a walk with a loved-one or friends.
Take care of your physical wellbeing, without the pressure of IVF. As we all know, it takes two to tango and couples are advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle when trying to conceive (TTC). But sometimes, the motivation for exercise can have an effect on your enjoyment of life and sex. If the motive is important or urgent, then your exercise routine and mood will reflect this, and it can be mentally and physically defeating. But, exercising simply because you want to, or just for fun, can improve your mood and desire to exercise.
Certain exercises such as (fertility) yoga can have a calming effect on your mind and body.
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