Every woman that’s been through infertility knows it is a heart-breaking, isolating, and really emotional journey. The thought of attending a baby shower while you are struggling with infertility may bring up feelings of sadness, frustration, and guilt. While it’s understandable to want to celebrate the joy of a friend or loved one, attending a baby shower when struggling with infertility can be really challenging.
Validate Your Emotions
First and foremost, it’s really important to acknowledge and validate your feelings. Really understand what you are going through and why you feel the way you feel. Going to a baby shower when struggling with infertility can be really emotional and challenging and can consume us whole. It can bring up feelings of sadness, jealousy, and disappointment in us. It’s really important to understand that these emotions are completely normal and totally valid. It is also really important to be gentle and kind to yourself and allow yourself to feel your emotions without any judgment.
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Say NO If You're Not Ready
If attending a baby shower feels too overwhelming, it’s okay to say NO to the invitation. If you’re not close to the person, they’ll likely have plenty of other friends and family members to celebrate with. And if you are close to the person, they should understand. You can also choose to send a gift along with someone else who may be attending.
First and foremost, put yourself first. If the thought of attending a baby shower makes your heart heavy, it’s perfectly okay to decline the invitation. Listen to your heart and do what feels best for you. You deserve to take care of yourself, and there’s no shame in saying “NO” to an event that might bring you pain.
Share Your Heart With Your Friend
If you choose to decline the invitation, consider reaching out to your friend to explain your reasons and share your thoughts and feelings. Your friend will likely appreciate the honesty, and your openness will only strengthen your bond. Plus, talking about your infertility journey can be a liberating, and freeing experience, as it allows you to express your emotions. By opening up, you may also find comfort and support, and be able to move forward with a greater sense of understanding and resilience.
Make Time For Self Care
Taking care of yourself is crucial when struggling with infertility. Engage in activities that bring you joy, peace, and comfort. Whether it’s spending time with loved ones, exercising, or trying a new hobby, finding ways to relieve stress and lift your mood is important. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, reaching out to support groups like our WOMMB Tribe – a community of like-minded ladies who are also on a healing journey can provide a safe space to navigate your emotions. It’s okay to take a step back and prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. And always remember to be kind to yourself and prioritize self-care.
If You Decide To Attend The Baby Shower
If you decide to attend the baby shower, it’s important to have a plan in place. Attending a baby shower when struggling with infertility can be a delicate situation, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Make sure you surround yourself with love and support by bringing along a close friend who understands what you’re going through. Use this opportunity to show yourself some love and plan a self-care day after the shower, whether it’s a relaxing massage or a refreshing walk. Drive yourself to the shower, that way you’ll have the flexibility to leave at any time if needed. Instead of ruminating and getting lost in your thoughts, give yourself a special role at the shower, like being in charge of pouring endless cups of tea or passing around delicious food and keeping yourself engaged. Remember to prioritize your well-being and know that you have the power to make the experience what you want it to be.
In conclusion, attending baby showers when struggling with infertility can be challenging. But by validating your emotions, declining the invitation if necessary, communicating with your friend, and having a plan in place, you can navigate the experience with more ease. Remember to be kind and understanding with yourself and acknowledge that your emotions are valid and deserving of attention and care.
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