Infertility is hard. You start with a heart full of hope and just a tingle of excitement as you decide that the time is finally right. As time goes on, spontaneity is replaced with planning, measuring and counting. Later still and your vocabulary is full of acronyms like IVF, IUI and ICSI, and you know that the words egg pick up don’t necessarily have anything to do with the supermarket. Even social media hashtags like #ttc and #2ww have become a comfortable second language.
The festive season can be a particularly difficult time if you are having trouble conceiving or have experienced pregnancy loss. Being surrounded by people, focussed on family, friendships and celebrations can be tough going when you are feeling disappointed and sometimes really sad.