Mother’s Day is approaching. For those going through infertility this day can be just as hard (if not worse) to navigate as major holidays where you might be hounded by family members inquiring about your ovulation calendar and telling you to just relax and you’ll magically get pregnant – or those that don’t know your personal history and harass you with questions about future family plans. So how to handle this Sunday’s big day? My advice is try and not focus on the doom and gloom of not being pregnant or becoming a parent but rather take the day to celebrate the strong women in your life – The women who can inspire you in your life and help to guide you on this journey.
I went to the trusted source of Wikipedia to define the word Mother. Here you go:
A mother (or mum/mom/mam) is a woman who has raised a child, given birth to a child, and/or supplied the egg which in union with a sperm grew into a child. The definition can also be extended to non-human animals and may then also include being the animal that donated a body cell which has resulted in a clone. Because of the complexity and differences of a mother’s social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is challenging to specify a universally acceptable definition for the term.
We all have Mothers in our lives. Some physically birthed us, some raised us and some were there as aunts, cousins, teachers, mentors etc. So take the day to celebrate those lovely ladies and don’t forget about yourselves! Even if you’re not yet a mom, you are on your way. Take a few minutes to relax, find some zen, give yourself a moment or even the whole day off to just breathe. Then if you have a special woman in your life that you call mom, then give her a hug or, at the very least, a phone call.