- Manage what you see online
When you are trying hard to get pregnant, suddenly it will seem like everyone else is pregnant. If seeing photos of friends and acquaintances with their babies only makes you upset, hide their posts or unfollow them. Your fertility journey is personal, but it's hard to remember that when you are comparing it to everyone else's.
- Join online support groups
The internet is scattered with forums and blogging communities devoted to fertility. With 85-90% of infertility cases treated with drug therapy or surgery, their are entire online groups devoted to IVF support. There are also online communities focused on miscarriage recovery, new parenthood, and a host of other topics.
- Know what to take offline
Remember that you are under no obligation to tell anyone about your reproduction situation online. In fact, it is often best to keep it private altogether. If this means giving up social media for an extended period, be sure to do so. Your social use is entirely your choice.
- Unplug and take care of yourself
Especially if you use the Internet as a distraction, it is important to unplug and focus inward. By developing a loving self-care routine, you can keep yourself emotionally and physically healthy while undergoing your fertility treatments.
- Start a positive project
Digital media can also be a great outlet. Consider starting an Instagram gratitude project or write a blog about your fertility journey. This can be especially effective for creative types who feel trapped by their infertility struggle.
Remember: You are the only one who decides what you will post online about your journey to conceive and eventual pregnancy. Be sure to talk this over with your partner so you are both on the same page. If anyone questions why you have been quiet on social media recently, you do not owe them an explanation. Take care of yourself and your partner above all.