We all look forward to the lazy days of summer where the kids can play a little longer and everyone can sleep in a little later. On the other hand, when school is out and childcare is even more of a factor, it’s that much harder to keep a schedule and live up to your commitments. This especially holds true to women struggling with secondary infertility, who not only have the tasks of everyday life, but also have to keep up with doctor appointments and fertility procedures. However, with proper planning and a little extra help, you don’t have to let the dog days of summer throw you off of your fertility treatment plan. See below…
It Takes a Village: Enlist the help of friends, family, and neighbors to watch your child when you’ve got an appointment. Make sure to give proper notice and a realistic time frame to how long you plan to be gone. These are the people who are most compassionate to what you are going through and are always willing to lend a helping hand. While most would never accept any kind of payment, it’s always a nice gesture to give a gift (i.e. nice bottle of wine or olive oil, hand-made soap, lotion) or even a hand-written thank you note as a token of your appreciation.
Line Up a Trustworthy Babysitter: If you don’t already have a babysitter on standby, start your search now! Asking around the neighborhood is a great place to start, especially since there may be college students home for the summer looking to make a few extra bucks. If your child is too young for camp or preschool programs (see below), this may be your best option.
Go Crazy for Camps: Nowadays, there is a camp for any and every activity at practically every age. Of course, some camps are more expensive than others, so make sure to do your homework. Programs at the local YMCA, neighborhood swim center, or through your church are great options and tend to be a little less expensive. If your child is preschool age, check out local preschools, especially church programs. Those are usually wonderful programs and a fraction of the cost of other preschools. They typically offer morning sessions (two, three, or five days a week), but many preschools have a lunch program where your child can stay later.
At UNC Fertility, we understand your struggle and will help schedule your appointments around your busy lifestyle. For more information on our practice and fertility treatment options or to schedule a consultation, please give us a call!