How To Get Through The Dreaded Two Week Wait
Desperate to know how to survive the two week wait? These are the tried and true methods for making it through this dreadful time.
Trying to conceive can be an exciting but stressful time for you and your partner. Getting through the two week wait is an especially tough time when you get to that point, but by following these helpful tips and guidance, you’ll be able to get through this dreadful time more easily.
I am giving you the best tips for getting through the two week wait as well as what not to do during the two week wait.
After learning all the secrets, you’ll know exactly how to survive the two week wait without losing your mind.
This post is all about how to survive the two week wait while keeping your sanity.
What is the two week wait?
The two week wait is the waiting period from the time you ovulate to when you expect your period. Ideally, you would miss your period because of successful embryo implantation.
The two week wait symptoms
You NEED to remember that not every woman is going to have the same exact symptoms. Your fear and anxiety may be to the roof, your hormones may be at an all-time high, and you’ll be overanalyzing anything you body feels.
For women undergoing fertility treatments, the medications and hormones taken may also impact symptoms.
You may experience breast tenderness, nausea, bloating, tiredness, cramping, or even some spotting (but don’t panic!). You may feel all of these, some of these, or none of these symptoms.
No two women have the exact same experience, and not all of your symptoms can be explained.
The key is to just let them be and don’t overanalyze everything. It’s also important to note that you cannot assume you are pregnant if you experience any of these symptoms. You need to wait for a pregnancy test.
Tips for getting through the two week wait
1. Stay busy
- Exercise. If you already had a set workout routine, then by all means continue to be physically active. Just be sure it’s low resistance exercise and nothing strenuous. However, if you were not used to being physically active, right now is not the best time to suddenly start a new routine. Your body is already going through a lot.
- Focus on work and other projects. I know that when I’m at work, I forget about everything else going on. Maybe this is the type of distraction you need.
- Go on walks. It would do you good to get some fresh air. Grab your partner, a friend, a family member, or your fur baby and schedule in a daily walk.
- Clean or organize your home. Have fun with this and plan to organize or clean one room per day. Start with the living room, then do the kitchen, the bathrooms, the bedrooms, etc. You’ll kill so much time, and your home will look amazing!
- Try new recipes. Hey if any time is a good time to try a new recipe, it’s right now!
- Get out of the house. I am THE BIGGEST homebody, but I can tell you that you will need to occasionally get out of the house. Go run errands, do some shopping, or visit a friend.
2. Lean on your support system
- Communicate with your partner. Your partner is going through this journey with you. Even though he may not completely understand what you are going through, open up and talk to him about what you are thinking, what you’re struggling with, your emotions, everything. Tell him what your needs are. He will be your rock for everything you will go through if you allow him to be.
- Lean on your close friends and family. The friends or family members you trust and who have gone through this before will be some of the best sources of advice and support. Lean on them, they know what you’re going through.
- Stay in touch with fertility support groups. Especially if you are going through fertility treatments, do not be afraid to lean on the support groups available to you.
3. Try the best relaxation strategies for you
Finding ways to relax during this time is AN ABSOLUTE MUST. Find what works best for you. Feel free to try any of these strategies!
- Fertility yoga
- Knitting or crocheting
- Listening to music
- Listening to podcasts
- Binge watching a new series
- Watching your favorite movies
- Taking naps
4. Take it easy on the pregnancy tests!
I know you’ll be eager to constantly take pregnancy tests, but I am urging you not to do this.
First of all, you’ll spend lots of money when it’s totally not necessary! It’s also possible that you’ll get a false positive or a false negative. This will really mess with your mind.
The solution: wait until at least a day or two after missing your period to take a pregnancy test.
5. Avoid the internet and social media!
You’ll be SOOO TEMPTED to look up everything you will be thinking and feeling. If you do this, you will for sure drive yourself insane and the information you may encounter may not even be accurate to your situation.
Instead, I recommend you completely disconnect from the online world including Google, Youtube, Instagram, or any other platform of social media.
6. Remind yourself that this is out of your control
You have already done everything you can at this point. I know it’s hard to accept this, but you need to let go and let your body do its thing.
7. Prepare for both outcomes
On one hand, you will want to be optimistic and hope for the best, but on the other hand, you should also be realistic and know that there are two possible outcomes.
By creating a backup plan for if you are not pregnant, you will do yourself a favor. You’ll have the next steps to take for both scenarios, and you’ll reduce stress by being prepared for both cases.
What not to do during the two week wait
1. Take a pregnancy test too soon
As I mentioned earlier, taking a test too early may give you misleading results. You want to wait until after you miss your period to take a pregnancy test to get a more reliable test result.
2. Obsess over pregnancy symptoms
Do not overanalyze or assume anything if you experience symptoms that can indicate an early pregnancy.
There can be different explanations for why you are experiencing these symptoms, which can mean you may or may not be pregnant. Wait it out and let your body go through the emotions without thinking much of them.
A fertility expert’s tips!
Can you drink during the two week wait?
Avoid drinking at all costs. Treat this time as if you were pregnant. It’s best to be cautious and avoid alcohol as it can be harmful to a pregnancy.
Do you feel anything during the two-week wait?
Some women may be going through fertility treatments such as IVF, and because of this, not every woman will feel the same symptoms due to medications and hormones given.
However, the majority of women feel fear, stress, and anxiety as they have no control over the outcome. Women may experience additional symptoms such as breast tenderness, nausea, bloating, tiredness, cramping, or light spotting.
Is running during the 2 week wait okay?
I would suggest you to talk to your doctor to ask for specific forms of exercise you want to do. Low resistance forms of exercise are acceptable, but anything strenuous that elevates your pulse rate too much is not recommended.
Are there any foods to avoid during the two week wait?
To be on the safe side, you’ll want to avoid foods that are off limits during pregnancy. MayoClinic suggests you to avoid:
- seafood high in mercury
- raw, undercooked or contaminated seafood
- undercooked meat, poultry, or eggs
- unwashed fruits and vegetables
- excessive caffeine
Final thoughts on the two week wait
These two weeks will be difficult, and they can feel like an eternity. All you’ll really want to do is count the days.
Know that you have people around you to lean on, and there are so many things you can do for yourself to help you get through this. Did you hear that? YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS.
**Do you have any other tips for getting through the two week wait? Comment below!