All that remains of Valentine’s Day are chocolate wrappers and wilted flowers, but the spirit of love it embodies lives on. Everyone needs a little TLC from time to time, particularly those traveling a difficult road. For many women, battling infertility is one of the most challenging journeys of their life, but they don’t have to face it alone.

There are so many ways to support a friend who’s dealing with infertility. One we love is thoughtful gifting.  Cary L. Dicken, MD of Sher Fertility Institute New York in Manhattan shares great gift ideas to help you keep the #28DaysofTLC going for friends who are on the sometimes rocky path to parenthood. No matter which you choose, the thought alone will brighten your friend’s day and let them know you’re there for them throughout the ups and downs.

Spa-ahhhh Treatment
Who doesn’t feel better after a relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial, or pampering mani/pedi? Infertility causes so much stress, providing a way for your friend to decompress can benefit both her body and mind. A gift card to her favorite spa will give her something positive to look forward to, and ensure that she schedules some all-important self-care time.

Get Out of Town
Or stay in town, but just change up the scenery. A night away from her normal routine is a great way to get your friend’s mind off the seemingly never-ending series of appointments and medications that go hand-in-hand with fertility treatment. No need to plan an extravagant trip, that cute B&B one town over will do the trick.
Speaking of Appointments…
A beautiful planner or calendar can help your friend keep track of all the “to do’s” that go along with fertility treatment. Pencil in a lunch or movie date with you before you give it to her. Every time she adds or checks an appointment, she’ll be reminded of your support.
Better Blending
Lots of fruits and veggies should be part of most everyone’s diet, but especially women trying to conceive. Healthy smoothies–full of antioxidant-rich berries, liquid omegas, and iron-packed spinach– are a great way to help meet daily requirements. A brand-new blender is a practical and thoughtful gift that your friend will turn to time and time again.
Something Shiny
A lovely necklace or bracelet will let your friend know you’re thinking of her each time she wears it. When it comes to jewelry, the options are endless. Dainty hearts, inspirational sayings, or just something pretty that you know she’ll love.
Regardless of what you choose to buy her, the true gift is your friendship itself. There’s immeasurable value in knowing she has someone in her corner during this tough time. If you’d like other ideas on how you can provide support, contact Cary L. Dicken, MD of Sher Fertility Institute New York in Manhattan at (646) 792-7476.