So today, 22 January, is officially the day most New Years Resolutions are given up. I’ve long since given up giving up things for the New Year as without a goal I’m not very good at maintaining them, so I guess I’d be one of the ones falling by the wayside today, had I tried in 2015.
It’s amazing how a goal can focus the mind and body and spur you on to change your habits and your attitude towards something you once loved. When I knew we wanted another child it was the easiest thing in the world for me to adapt my diet, give up alcohol and keep myself fit and healthy. It was actually empowering as it was one of the few things I had control of. It wasn’t an option to give up, to quit or to even ignore the advice to try to get my body in the best possible condition to nurture an embryo.
For some though, it’s still not so easy. Even with the quest for another child so important to them, giving up alcohol, smoking or losing weight still proves really tricky. Of course none of these will get you pregnant but to my mind, if anything could help improve the condition of my body to help get me pregnant and retain that pregnancy, then I wanted to be able to look into the whites of both mine and Jason’s eyes and say “I did all that I could do.” When that still wasn’t enough, it hurt like hell, made me angry and for a moment I believed all the effort and sacrifice had been futile. But of course, they weren’t. They weren’t the be all and end all, but a healthy body is certainly a positive contributor to enabling it to function in the way it was designed for sure.
And so, to anyone teetering today, tempted by a glass of wine, extra sugar in their tea or a tasty cream bun, remember your end goal. You can do it and you will feel good knowing you have done all that you could do, whatever your outcome, be it fertility or otherwise. Take control, be strong in mind and body and don’t fall foul of the 22 January curse. Good luck! xx