The weather is changing, the houses are decorating, and according to the Facebook pages and Hallmark movies, we are now entering “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.”

While the holiday season—from Thanksgiving to Chanukah to the New Year — can be full of excitement and good cheer, for people struggling with infertility, this season can better be described as “The Most Triggering Time of The Year.”

While navigating the journey of infertility is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting 12 months a year, there are specific times and life events that can increase the feelings of hopelessness and frustration. Since the holiday season is typically centered around the concept of family, children and togetherness, this focus highlights a sense of loss and isolation for those struggling with infertility.

It can act as one giant reminder of what other people have, and what those struggling so desperately want, but do not yet have. While nothing will completely prevent the difficult emotions that may arise during this time, anticipating and preparing yourself for this season can help you navigate it more easily.

Here are some thoughts to help you through this holiday season:

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The Associated Contributors

The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.