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New Year’s Resolutions for Couples Trying to Conceive
The holidays can be difficult if you are a couple trying to conceive. But with the New Year around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking of some resolutions.
If you are having difficulty conceiving, you know that the holidays can be difficult. Time spent with family can lead to invasive and hurtful questions, and the emphasis on children during the holidays can feel painful.
Even though this is the case, it’s helpful to find ways that you as a couple can support each other through the holidays. A great way to set some concrete goals is by sitting down and making New Year’s Resolutions. So, now that we’re in December, sit down with your partner and come up with a list of healthy resolutions for the New Year.
If you’re looking for somewhere to get started, here are a few potential resolutions to consider.
1. Eating healthy
This is one of the oldest New Year’s resolutions in the book, but that doesn’t make it any less important, especially when trying to conceive.
But an easy way to make it more fun, and a way to bond as a couple, is by trying a meal kit delivery service. These kits are a great way to get in the kitchen and learn new easy, healthy meals together. You’ll have an opportunity to spend time together while also getting to taste some really delicious food.
If you don’t want to pay for a meal kit delivery service, check out their websites for some recipe options. You can buy the ingredients yourself and have plenty of freedom to adjust the recipes to your liking.
2. Limiting caffeine
This is another common resolution, but, again, it is still important. Caffeine can be very addictive, and by limiting it, you’ll experience a lot of benefits. You’ll have better sleep, less anxiety, and more balanced brain chemistry.
Reducing caffeine is a great New Year’s resolution. You don’t have to cut out caffeine entirely, but even with a small change you may notice lower stress levels, better sleep, and balanced brain chemistry.
Limiting your caffeine intake is especially important when trying to conceive, as caffeine has been linked to higher risks of miscarriage, low birth weight, and lower chance of becoming pregnant. If you love your morning cup of coffee, that’s perfectly okay — you don’t need to fully remove caffeine from your menu! Just try small changes, like only drinking one cup instead of two, or even opting for a decaf option.
3. Weekly date nights
If you are a couple that is struggling to conceive, you may be feeling overwhelmed and, at times, distanced from each other. This is perfectly normal, and there’s nothing wrong with the way that you are feeling.
However, you may be wanting to work on strengthening your relationship through this trying time. One way to do so is to carve out one night a week for “date night.” This doesn’t have to be a big fancy dinner or night out — it could be a movie night, time with friends, or board game time.
Setting aside a specific time to be together will help both of you feel less isolated in this journey. Communication is an important part of staying on the same page, and having weekly date nights will help you do this.
4. Exercise together
Exercise is a fantastic way to relieve stress and increase your overall well-being. It will be even more enjoyable if you’re doing it together.
Try new types of exercise, like yoga or kickboxing, to find out what you both like the most. Together, you will enjoy the benefits of exercise and you’ll likely start to feel happier and less stressed.
Set a resolution to exercise starting at twice a week, and slowly work up from there. Hopefully you’ll find something that you really enjoy along the way.
5. Practice listening skills
Especially when trying to conceive, arguments and disagreements can arise. The stress of planning a family can cause partners to take their frustrations out on each other, and if you are feeling that you and your partner need to work on communicating, make it a concrete resolution.
If this is one of your resolutions, keep each other in check by reminding each other that you’re both working on listening better when disagreements occur. Pause, take a deep breath, and listen to what your partner has to say. And make sure they extend you the same courtesy.
By improving communication and working on listening to each other, you will find that your relationship may start to feel stronger and more meaningful.
6. Be more present
Nowadays, most of us are somewhat addicted to our phones. Whether it be texting, Instagramming, or endless Snapchatting, it can feel difficult to set down our phones and focus on the present moment.
But as a couple trying to conceive, it’s more important than ever to make that time for each other. You could even try tying this into your date nights and designating them as “phone free.” Whatever you decide to do, make sure to have at least a small amount of time each day where you and your partner are focused on each other and not your Facebook feeds.
With January just around the corner, many of us have started thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. If you are a couple that is trying to conceive, try tailoring your resolutions specifically to your situation. Decide what would best help each of you.
Communication is key. Sit down with your partner at some point and have each of you contribute ideas for potential resolutions that you can share. By sharing your resolutions, you will feel like you are on this journey together and not isolated. We wish you luck with your resolutions, and hope that you have a happy holiday season.
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