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How to Cope with a Negative Pregnancy Test

Trying to conceive can be a stressful time. If you’re showing signs of possible pregnancy, seeing a negative result on your pregnancy test can leave you feeling disappointed. Knowing how to cope with your emotions and staying positive is extremely important.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About It

Whether you’re sharing your emotions with your spouse, a family member, a close friend, your doctor, or even in a journal, releasing those emotions can help you begin to heal. If you’ve only recently started trying to conceive, talking to your partner about your expectations can help keep things in perspective. If you’ve been struggling to get pregnant for a while, it might be time to chat with your doctor to see if there are any added steps you should be taking.

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Accept the Emotions and Move Forward

Give yourself some time to grieve. Accept the way you’re feeling, allow yourself to cry and feel sad, but then focus on moving forward. Map out your plan for the future and determine what you want to do next. Do you want to take some time before trying to conceive again? Do you want to stay on your current treatment plan? Processing your emotions is healthy, but don’t dwell on things for too long.

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Find a Distraction

Whether it’s grabbing dinner with a friend, going for a run to get those endorphins flowing, or taking a relaxing weekend trip with your partner, plan something that will help keep your mind off of the negative result. If there’s something you’ve been waiting to do while trying to get pregnant, now might be the time to do it before you begin working to conceive again. Whatever it is you choose to do, focus on enjoying time with your loved ones (or indulging in some me-time).