BONUS 159: What to Do When You Feel Left Behind

June 15, 2018

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

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Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss what to do when you feel left behind by both your fertile and infertile friends and family:

FERTILE FRIENDS & FAMILY

  • Once you start trying to build your family, it seems everyone around you is pregnant and became so quickly. Talk to us about this phenomenon and any research behind it.
  • What emotions are associated with feeling ‘left behind’ by your fertile friends and family?
  • Because you can’t always avoid negative triggers, such as feeling left behind by your fertile friends and family, it’s best to have a plan in place. What can listeners do to prepare themselves as much as possible?
  • For listeners who’ve recently felt left behind by fertile friends and family, what can they do now?

INFERTILE FRIENDS & FAMILY

  • Are the emotions associated with feeling left behind intensified when it comes to infertile friends and family?
  • Does the planning ahead for negative triggers differ when the people involved are infertile friends and family?
  • For listeners who’ve recently felt left behind by infertile friends and family, what can they do now?

WRAPPING UP

  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?
  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who feel left behind by the fertile and infertile people in their lives?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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