5 Positive Ways to Prepare for Parenthood in the New Year
(Purchase, NY) As we welcome the new year we all find ourselves reflecting on the past year and making plans for the New. Attain Fertility Centers takes this time to reflect on the patients who have become parents in the past year and looks forward to those who will have successful pregnancies in 2011. In reflection we also noticed trends in behavior and information that we received through our website, blog and Facebook pages and have put together a list of our Top 5 Suggestions to Prepare for Successful Parenthood.
Step 1: See a specialist. In a recent survey we discovered that 30% of patients waited upwards of 2 years before seeing a fertility specialist. We recommend that anyone under the age of 35 who has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant for more than 12 months; or anyone 35 or older who has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant for more than 6 months make an appointment. The sooner issues are discovered the easier they are to treat.
Step 2: Create a support team. It’s important to have people to talk to during your journey to parenthood. While family and partners are very important, we also suggest including people who can remain objective while also providing support. Joining a support group or seeking the help of a therapist or counselor will help you to cope with all of the known and unknown joys and anxieties that are bound to crop up. “You can’t do it all on your own, none of us can,” said Andrea Braverman, clinical psychologist at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, part of the Attain Fertility Network. “The sooner individuals and couples seek counseling, the easier the emotional journey of trying to get pregnant will be.”
Step 3: Update your diet and exercise routines. This is important for both men and women. Alcohol and drug use are known to have a negative impact on fertility levels as are poor eating habits. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting a moderate amount of exercise not only keeps you well physically, it also helps alleviate stress and depression.
Step 4: Learn about your options. From Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to sperm and egg donation and intrauterine insemination used to treat male infertility, it’s important to work with a fertility specialist to learn about your unique fertility issues. With all the options available today, find one that will allow you to conceive and have a baby.
Step 5: Create a de-stresser tool box. We understand how stressful it is for people to deal with fertility issues as they try to conceive. While the stress is real, it does not have to be debilitating. There are many ways to decompress and distress and it’s important to find those that work best for you. Whether it is taking up Yoga, working with a certified Acupuncturist, learning to avoid or walk away from uncomfortable situations and conversations or calling a ‘time-out’ for you and your partner to get away to do something fun and ‘out of the routine’, finding things and actions that allow you to maintain your balance and sense of calm will make your journey to parenthood much easier.
About IntegraMed America, Inc.
IntegraMed is a leader in developing, marketing and managing specialty outpatient healthcare facilities, with a current focus on the fertility and vein care markets. IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management, quality assurance, and fertility treatment financing programs.
Attain Fertility Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the nation’s largest fertility center network, with 14 company-managed partner centers and 28 affiliate centers, comprising over 130 locations across 34 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an Attain Fertility Centers network practice.
Vein Clinics of America, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the leading provider of specialty vein care services in the U.S.. The IntgraMed Vein Clinic network operates 41 centers across 14 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.