Stress & Fertility Treatments: What Could it Hurt? (Tuesday)

(Start with "Monday" if you can. Don't you want to look back fondly on February before jumping head first into March?) So, what were we talking about? Oh right. An article on AOL about a study in the U.K. that concluded that stress has no negative impact whatsoever on fertility treatments. And it was on AOL so you know it's got to be... okay," read by a lot of people" is about all I can come up with at the moment.

As we bask in the glow of both the result of this study and the Oscar's, I think it appropriate to consider our own acceptance speeches. Now that we have reason to believe that stress during fertility treatments doesn't hurt our chances of conception, when we get pregnant, whom would you like to thank? Let's prepare our lists shall we?

"Oh this is such a wonderful surprise! I really wasn't expecting to be expecting! I'm really not prepared!" (Whip out foot-long acceptance speech) 

"I'd like to thank my husband without whom this wouldn't be possible." (And that's no lie.) 

And now that we have that reason to believe that stress during IUI/IVF etc won't hurt our chances....

"I'd like to thank my mother-in-law who called me twice a day to ask me when I was going to get pregnant."

"I'd like to thank my cousin Sue who has five kids under five."

"I'd like to thank my monthly cycle for always being so prompt and not keeping me waiting."

"I'd like to thank my Human Resources manager who told me I had to use my vacation time for my doctors' appointments."

"I'd like to thank my insurance company for reimbursing a portion of my fifteen thousand dollar treatments... All eighty-five bucks worth." 

"I'd like to thank my ovaries for shutting down when I needed them most. ("For twenty years I put up with cramps and bloating and headaches and mood swings and exhaustion and asked nothing in return! Then, when I want ONE LITTLE favor from you...apparently it was too much to ask!")

"I'd like to thank my manager for docking me twelve minutes for returning from my IUI eleven and a half minutes late." 

"I'd like to thank my coworker Marlene, for suggesting kids be included in the company holiday party every year."

"I'd like to thank my four bridesmaids who all got pregnant within two months of each other."

"I'd like to thank my high school girlfriend who looked me up just in time to invite me to her baby shower."

"I'd like to thank the state in which I live for leaving 'whether or not to cover my treatments' up to my boss. (Guess which way he went?)"

"And last but not least I'd like to thank Colin Firth. Just Becuz."

Well, it's not "The King's Speech" but that would be my speech. If you'd like to get a little more of Laughing IS Conceivable, consider subscribing. It's free, and it's painless: Just a weekly email about what's going on here and why oh why I wrote what I did that week. Plus there will be some decent blog-related offers soon for subscribers. 

Listen, I gotta go. Awards shows always exhaust me.

I'll talk with ya again tomorrow.