For those of you girls out there hoping and praying you are pregnant, I wanted to do a post on 10 things to do during your TWW*. Since I am about to enter the TWW once again, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to make the wait less agonizing. Below are some of my ideas. I’d love to hear yours!
*If you don’t know what the two week wait is. . . The two week wait is the two weeks you wait between the time you ovulate and the time your period should start. With the modern technology of pregnancy tests, the wait is really more like 8-10 days but who’s counting? It’s still torture!
10 Things To Do During Your Two Week Wait
1. Buy something that makes you feel good
Shop therapy is my favorite kind of therapy. To get your mind off the wait, treat yourself to something special. A new outfit. A pair of earrings. Hey – if you can’t afford to shop because you are doing fertility treatments, buy a new lip gloss. Anything that might make you feel good. I can’t promise that this always works to ease the pain of waiting (or disappointment) but it’s worth a shot!
2. Tackle a home project
I know, I know. Who wants to work while waiting on something so important?! You’d be surprised how focusing in on a project will keep your mind off of the wait. Dive into a project and focus your mind on that goal instead of the goal of getting pregnant.
3. Read a fun and mindless novel
This is another one that costs money but you can keep it cheap. Books aren’t that expensive and you can always browse the bargain section at your local bookstore. Find a book that won’t make you think or weigh you down. A good beach-read will do wonders for keeping your mind off what’s going on in your body.
4. Read the Bible
I’m sure it’s obvious by now that I am a Christian so reading the bible is a part of my regular (wish I could honestly say daily) life. Even if you haven’t read the Bible much, there are so many encouraging passages that will give you peace as you wait. One of my best friends, Kristy (who has had her share of two week waits), has a wonderful idea about using the Word during your TWW. If she ever gets around to finishing it (the poor thing has 2 small children, is pregnant with her 3rd and just moved to a new city), I will ask her to do a guest post here. No pressure Kristy! Some of my favorite verses are:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
He places the barren woman in her home as the happy mother of children. – Psalm 113:9 (NIV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the holy spirit. – Romans 15:13
5. Write a letter to the child you are hoping for
OK this one may not totally get your mind off of the waiting but it can help you wait with purpose. It would be naive to think you are not going to think about possibly being pregnant at all during your TWW. Instead of wondering and worrying, take this time that you are feeling the most hopeful and prayerful about conceiving a child and write the child you hope for a letter. Let them know how much you are wishing and longing for them right now. I’m sure any child would love to read that letter when they are old enough to understand just how badly you wanted them. Even if you do not conceive this month, you’ll have a precious letter to give your child someday that tells them how much you prayed for their life.
6. Go on a special date with your spouse
Get all dolled up and go out to dinner and a movie. Enjoy these moments while you still can!
7. Rent a TV series you’ve never watched and get hooked
Are you one of the 50 people in the world who never got into LOST? Now would be a good time to give it a try. If LOST doesn’t interest you, try any other TV series you’ve not watched before. Just having something else to talk about (other than baby wishes) will help make your wait go faster.
8. Pick out a challenging new recipe and give it a try
I am no Rachel Ray, that’s for sure. I’ve always wanted to pick out a challenging recipe, buy all the ingredients I can’t pronounce and try my best to make it look as wonderful as the picture in the cookbook. This might be the perfect time to give it a shot.
9. Get yourself a mani/pedi
Enough said. A mani/pedi can make any girl feel better. Just looking at your cute toes and your beautifully manicured hands will help pass the time.
10. Pray for other people’s needs
Probably one of the best ways to get your mind off of your wait is to get your mind off of yourself. Make a list of all the other needs around you. I’m sure there are plenty of people who would covet your prayers during this time. Turn your thoughts to them and ask God to meet their needs.
Peace to you as you wait,