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Stress Reduction for 2 week wait (IUI & ICSI)

Waiting for the pregnancy test result following implantation can feel like the longest wait and is often the most stressful time of treatment. This wait holds the key to having a potential, much desired for pregnancy or facing a potentially threatening result outcome.

You may experience some of the following symptoms during your two-week wait:

  • stressful ruminating (thinking… what if scenarios over and over)
  • anticipatory anxiety – feeling nervous and worrying, racing mind
  • negative predictions about the future
  • escalating between high (hopeful) and low (hopelessness) mood
  • feeling tearful
  • feeling out of control
  • relationship tension
  • sadness/depression
  • difficulty sleeping

Research has shown that integrating coping skills during the two week wait can reduce stress and enhance well-being during the two week wait (Ockhuijsen H, et al, 2013).

E-counselling can support you with CBT & Mindfulness therapy which includes:

  • Positive coping skills to manage the two week wait
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques
  • A self/couple care plan
  • Distraction techniques for difficult times
  • CBT thought records to map and change any unhelpful thinking
  • Motivational and solution focused therapeutic support to support restful sleep
  • self empowerment exercises

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that supports positive change with:

  • Identifying and creating positive change in the way you think about yourself/others (e.g. partner) when facing difficulties.
  • Mapping and changing any unhelpful thinking/beliefs you hold about the situation (e.g. fertility problem) you are experiencing.
  • Increasing self-supportive behaviours – as what you do and feel is influenced by what you think and believe.
  • Providing CBT & Mindfulness based handouts and exercises to support optimum emotional balance and clarity of mind.

Mindfulness Therapy is beneficial because Mindfulness supports the body and the mind.

  • Integrating Mindfulness improves mental and physical health
  • It helps to relieve stress and improve sleep
  • Mindfulness is supportive in the treatment of depression, low mood, anxiety, couples conflict and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness helps people to manage painful emotions
    (Harvard Medical School)