Know one thing that trying to conceive (TTC) makes you realize? Two weeks is long AF. The two-week wait is the two weeks between ovulation and the onset of your period (or hopefully a positive pregnancy test). The dreaded two-week wait is enough to make the most sane, calm & collected woman lose her shit. And understandably so. We’ve worked so hard to track our cycle, pinpoint an estimated day of ovulation & have sex with hubby even when we’d rather just binge watch episodes of This Is Us. The deed is done, his little swimmers are marching to their destination and all we can do is wait and wonder wtf is going on in there. Then the wonder turns into worry…”what if we missed the egg?” “I wonder if we got enough sperm that time.” “should I have kept my legs up longer afterwards?” “omg, what if this was an anovulatory cycle and I just missed Grey’s Anatomy for nothing!”.
HAHA..YEP I’VE BEEN THERE, GIRL.
I wish I could say that worrying was as bad as it gets but shortly thereafter that worry turns into symptom spotting. You know…when you’re in the shower and suddenly as your lathering up your boobs you feel a twinge and you immediately think “hmm my boobs feel kinda sore, could I be pregnant??” or you wake up and feel kinda nauseous “uh oh…this is it! morning sickness”.
Before long you’re on page 46 of a What to Expect or Baby Center forum looking for 5dpo bfp symptoms. If you’re a newbie and don’t know what that means let me first assure you that yes…what I just typed is indeed English, haha. That phrase actually means “5 days post ovulation big fat positive symptoms”. It’s a common phrase that women google to help them identify symptoms that other women had at a particular point in their cycle when they successfully conceived.
STRESS & FERTILITY DON’T MIX
Yes, you already know this but I’m going to say it anyway…stress & fertility do not mix. When you’re stressed out your body releases cortisol which lets your body know…
Your body then puts a hold on any unnecessary bodily function so that it can dedicate its energy to vital functions like eyesight (to see the bear for example) and your muscles (to run from the said bear). Do you ever notice that when you get super stressed out you end up with tummy troubles like indigestion, constipation, gas, etc.? Digestion is one of the bodily functions that’s put on pause because who needs to eat a PB & J when they’re getting chased by a bear?
MY POINT IS STRESSING OUT OVER EVERY LITTLE SYMPTOM DURING THE TWW MAY ACTUALLY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
But if you’re like me then you don’t care and while you’ll tell yourself that you won’t look up any symptoms this month, you’ll be back to combing through forums at 3 am because you’ve been really tired lately and surely you’re fatigued because duh…you’re preggers. You’re definitely not tired because you’ve been up at 3 am driving yourself nuts. Since you are my soul sister and can’t help yourself, I’ve come up with 10 positive affirmations that I actually said to myself while I was TTC my son. These affirmations didn’t take away the worry and anxiety completely but they helped me rein in the crazy when I was obsessing over symptoms. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know in the comments below which one resonated with you the most.
If you’d like to have these readily available when you’re in the thick of the TWW and don’t want to have to find this post again then scroll down to get a FREE printable of these affirmations that you can keep on your desk/vanity or set as your wallpaper on your phone.
10 AFFIRMATIONS TO SURVIVE THE TWO WEEK WAIT WHILE TRYING TO CONCEIVE
- My body is not broken, she is designed to do this. My body is healthy & vibrant.
- Whether I get pregnant this month or not, I will show myself as much love, compassion, & grace as I need
- God hears my prayers and has not forgotten me. My time will come.
- I am grateful for all that I have and I welcome the things that I want for my life with open arms & a full heart
- My womb is open and ready to house new life
- I trust my body
- Everything is happening as it should. The universe supports me.
- I have access to everything I need to get pregnant and have a healthy baby
- I am in awe of what my body is capable of doing
- I am destined to be a mother
BONUS AFFIRMATION FOR THE START OF YOUR PERIOD:
Today is CD-1 and marks another chance for my body to release the perfect egg that will be fertilized by the perfect sperm.