Mental Health Awareness Week - Charlene
To highlight Mental Awareness Week we have a blog from each of our company directors.
Here is Charlene's story
This is where I was a year ago, in the middle of IVF treatment and surrogacy. Little did we know that we were a month away from a positive surrogate pregnancy test. So many things to think about to try to make it work;
Should I do another IVF cycle to create more embryos?
Why didn't our last egg collection work?
Was surrogacy going to work for us?
How long would it take?
We were both getting older and were conscious of being older parents?
How could we properly support our surrogate?
Could we be there in clinic for embryo transfer?
What could we do to improve our chances of a successful cycle?
I cut out alcohol for months to improve my egg quality
It was a roller coaster of emotions. Any fertility treatment is such a struggle and it's so important to do what you can to reduce anxiety;
Spend time outside, go for walks
Keep in touch with family and friends
Keep a journal of your feelings each day
Do some exercise, and keep fit
Continue your life outside IVF treatment
Wishing you all the best if you're having treatment and are struggling.