What Is The Two Week Wait?
The two week wait. Women who are trying to conceive are vitally aware of this hellish two week period between ovulation and the day your period is supposed to start. It’s the waiting period that seems to never end, stretching on forever while you wait and wonder if you are pregnant or not.
The two week wait is even more intense for women who are undergoing fertility treatments, who have sank endless time, patience and money into getting pregnant. So, how can you survive the two week wait? Read on for some helpful tips.
Tip #1: Forget Your Symptoms
It’s only natural that during the two week wait, your brain will begin to play tricks on you and you will start to develop “pregnancy symptoms” whether you have them or not. Whether it’s your sore breasts, nausea, fatigue, aversions to food, or frequent trips to the bathroom, the two week wait can bring out pregnancy “symptoms” that you would not be paying any attention to otherwise.
It’s perfectly natural to start noticing these “symptoms” and thinking that you are having them when you are anticipating being pregnant, but try not to obsess too much and make a big deal out of every little thing.
Tip #2: Stay Busy
Perhaps the most important thing that you can do during the two week wait is to stay busy and try not to obsess about the possibility of being pregnant. It’s only two weeks, so you should be able to distract yourself, keep busy, and try to avoid thinking about it. Spend your time hanging out with friends or your partner and having fun.
Take some time to clean or organize your home, do some volunteering, or make sure you are taking time to exercise and stay healthy. Use the time during the two week wait to cross some things off of that never ending “to do” list that we all have. Take time to learn a new hobby or complete your errands you have been procrastinating on.
Tip #3: Make Time To Worry
This might sound crazy, but in a lot of situations, taking time out to worry for a certain amount of time each day can actually be beneficial, because it can help you to avoid worrying and stressing for the rest of the day. Take 15 or 20 minutes out of your day, every single day, and make that your “worry time”.
If you start to worry at other points during the day, put it away and save it for your worry time. You can even write things down so you don’t forget them when it’s time. Make a list of all the worries and the “what ifs” that fly through your head, and focus on them for that short period of time. Then, put it all away and spend the rest of your day not obsessing.
Tip #4: Lay off the Tests
It might be hard to avoid taking pregnancy tests during the two week wait, but you really should wait. Testing before the first day of your missed period can lead to inaccurate results, and if you are really serious about getting pregnant, you don’t want that.
There are sensitive pregnancy tests out there that can detect pregnancy pretty early, but for the best results, hang in there and wait til the first day of your missed period.