Let’s Get Started

By: Danielle E. Lane, M.D.

LFM_Lets_Get_StartedMother’s Day is one of the most challenging holidays for our patients. Every brunch, card, or bouquet of flowers is aimed at the idea of motherhood and the joy of being a mother. Instead of focusing on the sadness of not yet being a mother, try to devote some energy to the joy of being you! Take some time to think about your physical, emotional and spiritual health and find ways to support each element.

Fertility treatment can make you forget about your physical self-care. Daily exercise is still an important element of your health. Exercising as little as 15-20 minutes per day can reduce your stress. In addition, a healthy diet is a good balance to your exercise regimen. Consider walking, yoga, swimming and bicycling.

Pamper thyself! Taking care of yourself emotionally is critical as you travel through your fertility journey. Ensure that you are surrounding yourself with positive relationships. Spend time with friends and family who are warm, caring and respectful of your needs around your fertility issues. Devote some special time to your partner! Make sure that you are giving your relationship the attention that it needs away from the fertility treatments.
Partake in activities that make you happy such as a spa day, a bubble bath or a massage.

Everyone’s spiritual beliefs are different. Consider whether you find comfort in your religion or in meditation. Once you find the spiritual resources you find comfort in and set aside 10 to 15 minutes each day to relax, unwind, meditate, and imagine positive things in your life.

Discovering ways to support yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually can be energizing and healing. Take one or two actions in each of these areas and focus on being good to yourself!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle E Lane, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist. Dr. Lane attended McGill University before completing her medical training at the University of Pittsburgh school of medicine, her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She opened the Center for Reproductive Health at Kaiser Permanente in Napa-Sola-no in 2005. In 2009 she founded Lane Fertility Institute. The Institute has grown to a four physician, multi location practice with a state of the art embryology laboratory. She is committed to providing education for women about preservation of their fertility and developing lower cost models to improve access to care.