For many people trying to have a baby in their late 30’s and early 40’s, the journey can involve a few unexpected twists and turns. The journey might involve multiple IUI and IVF cycles and eventually result in exploration of using an egg or sperm donor or surrogate. There are many questions and feelings to address while navigating this process.
Anxiety lies on a spectrum. Most new mothers, especially first-time mothers, are prone to experiencing some anxiety in the postpartum period. It might include worries about whether the baby will be safe, is eating or sleeping enough and if you are doing a good enough job as a mother. All of these feelings and fears are normal!. A low level of anxiety, especially in the early days, is an adaptive feature for mothers to stay alert for their baby’s safety.
We decided to pee on a stick one day prior to our scheduled blood test and arranged for a photographer friend to come shoot our reaction to the pregnancy test results. We knew there was a HUGE risk of things ending badly. In my mind, there was a good chance the test would be negative. So I prepped the photographer. I told her “if it’s negative, don’t freak out, I still want you to keep shooting.”
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You’re adding a new baby to your family, and you may have gotten the advice that you should accept all the help your village will give you. But what if your friends and family can no longer be there in person? If you’re facing this situation, you’re not alone. There are a few things you can do before welcoming baby that will make life easier, especially if you can’t have the in-person support you may have envisioned.