How to Overcome the Mother's Day Blues

Try these coping strategies when you're trying to get pregnant

For most people, Mother's Day conjures images of brunch with Granny and the always popular wrist corsage. But for those of us who can't seem to get pregnant, Mother's Day, like birth announcements and baby showers, is just another harsh reminder of our failure on the quest to become a mom.

Back in our single days, nothing was worse than being alone on Valentine's Day. We had friends who got so distraught as Cupid's celebration approached that they would send flowers to themselves at the office (à la Jan Brady's imaginary boyfriend George Glass) rather than endure the glances of pity from smug, "attached" coworkers. While it may be trickier to pull off an imaginary family for the day, we do have some tips to help you make it through Mother's Day with your mind and marriage in tact.

There's No "I" in Mom
Okay, so you're not a mom -- yet. But you are still a daughter. If you're lucky enough to have your mother in your life, make the day about her. If your mom's been watching you struggle to get pregnant, she may be feeling less than festive this Mother's Day too. Short of committing a felony, your mother would probably do anything to ease your pain&#8230 especially on this day.

Chances are you're not going to become pregnant between sun-up and sundown on May 14, (unless you're ovulating) so why not make the best of it? Take your mom to that fancy restaurant she's been dying to try; have a ladies' day at the spa for manicures and pedicures; or go for a nice picnic and enjoy the spring weather. Whatever you do, take time to appreciate and celebrate your mom and all that she's done for you.

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