Even though you’re already a parent now, you remember the days of trying to conceive just like it was yesterday. The timings of your cycle, the lustful looks at pregnant women cradling their bumps and the window shopping as you peeked at the baby clothes you have always wanted to buy. You had always dreamt of motherhood and you feel extremely fortunate to be in the position you are in today. Now that you are a parent, you understand how it feels to be on the other end as you try to conceive, so it’s important to be an active advocate to those who are new to the process. Here are a handful of ways in which you can be an ally to those who are in the trying to conceive community and how you can help them during their journey.
Consider Egg or Embryo Donation
When you have been through fertility problems in the past, you will understand the frustration of the process like nobody else. If you have now been lucky enough to have a family of your own, you may want to look into ways you can help other people. Whether you’re interested in donating your own eggs or even embryo donation if you’re able to, there are so many ways in which you can help another family achieve their dreams of having a child,
Communicate With Your Friends and Educate Others
When you go through conception problems it’s important to talk openly and honestly about your journey and how you got to where you are today. Your other friends and loved ones may be going through the exact same issues behind the scenes so your voice could be an incredible source of comfort for them. Communicating with your friends and continuing to educate others on the best things to say to those trying to conceive is a great way that you can help others.
Be Mindful of Other Peoples’ Emotions
As you know, the questions you get when you’re trying to have a baby can be incredibly invasive and upsetting. Continue to be mindful of other peoples’ emotions and be wary of the types of conversations you’re having with those struggling to have children.
Talk Openly at Support Groups
When you’re trying to get pregnant, there are so many overwhelming thoughts that can take over your mind. Heading to support groups to act as a sounding board for other people experiencing the same thing can be hugely beneficial. Although success stories can be triggering for some people who are trying to conceive, many people find hope in other peoples’ joy so it’s always worth talking openly and honestly about what you have been through in the past.
As someone who has struggled to conceive previously, you will know exactly what other people are going through. This means that you can use your experience as a positive force to help those who are also unfortunate enough to be taking this journey. Providing support, advice and education to those who are just starting out is a wonderful thing that you can be involved in, so consider how you can take action today and make a positive impact on the TTC community.