Infertility to Pregnancy – What Now?
Pregnancy following an experience with infertility can create a range of emotions. Find out how to approach this unique time and ways to get support.
New chapter of emotions
In addition to excitement when learning of their pregnancy, it is common for women or couples to feel a new kind of anxiety. Because of the pain you may have experienced with infertility, you may not want to invest yourself emotionally for fear of losing the pregnancy or having something go wrong with the baby’s development. You may also feel guilty if you have friends who are still struggling to become pregnant.
Depending on how you’re feeling, you may choose to call your friends and family the moment you hear the good news, or you may want to wait until you are in your second trimester. Be patient with yourself, as you get used to your pregnancy and your “new normal.”
Transitioning to an OB/GYN
Your fertility specialist may want to monitor you more closely for the first 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy because of a higher risk of miscarriage. During these weeks, you’ll be preparing for a transition from your fertility specialist to an OB/GYN.
To connect with others who have become pregnant after struggling with infertility, you might try the support of a community, like one of the groups listed on the website of Resolve.org.
By Kristin Nelson, Contributing Writer
The National Infertility Association. Transitioning from your fertility specialist to your OB/GYN. Accessed November 2, 2020.
The National Infertility Association. I’m pregnant, now what? Accessed November 2, 2020.
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Last Updated: November 11 2020