Stress Makes It Harder To Conceive.
Here’s What To Do About It…
Stress is like poison to our bodies. It has real, measurable physical and emotional affects. It can even make it difficult for you to conceive.
It can be a vicious cycle. You’re trying to have a baby, but every time you do a test it comes back negative – so you stress. Your friends and family urge you not to worry, but unfortunately, the more they tell you not to worry, the more you do. And so the cycle perpetuates.
Too often, we try and treat symptoms instead of getting down to the root of the problem. Although there are many issues that can get in the way of conception, stress is a bigger problem than most people think.
In this article, I’ll be going over a few ways to minimise stress while you’re trying to get pregnant. They’re simple concepts, but don’t take them lightly – they can really help.
Tip #1: Relax
It’s common sense, but it’s true. Relax! I’m not just talking about your muscles and your body. I’m also talking about your mind and your spirit.
Stress is a natural part of life, but each of us is responsible for its management. A lot of stress is caused by highly irrational thoughts. When you believe these thoughts it causes stress to enter your body. Cortisol is released, which decreases the effectiveness of your body’s natural processes (including conception).
To begin with, you have to know and accept this one fact:
Pregnancy cannot be rushed!
Some women get pregnant faster and easier than others. While it’s true that some women are incapable of conceiving, that number is very low. It’s also shrinking every year as more and more medical advancements come out.
I know it’s not easy. You can’t rush pregnancy. Thinking you have to rush it may just be what’s stopping it from happening. If you are unsure, call our office for an appointment so that we can discuss your concerns.
Tip #2: Release Trauma
It’s normal to worry about pregnancy. It’s one of the most significant parts of life.
Here’s something you may not have considered. Maybe your stress is NOT about getting pregnant. Stress from our past can get stored up, and then activated when something new triggers it.
In reality, your stress about not getting pregnant may be coming from a much earlier, much deeper issue.
What many of us don’t realise is that our bodies store traumatic events deep within our muscle tissue.
Think of how you clench up whenever something stressful is happening. Well, when the event is over, that tension doesn’t fully go away. Some of it is stored in the muscle memory. Then this small muscle tension causes new pains and ailments. This leads to a lower quality of life, and more pain and stress.
What you need is a clean slate. To clear out that deep muscle tension and get rid of the emotional baggage it’s storing.
The best way to do this is trauma release exercises. These are simple exercises you can do every day to seriously reduce your stress in day-to-day life. Once you get rid of your root stressors, you may still worry, but it will be for a much shorter period and much less harmful.
Tip #3: Stress Affects Your Man Too!
Lastly, it may not be you that can’t conceive. If your man is very stressed himself, this will affect his fertility, just like it affects yours.
These tips will also work for him. Also, you can do wonders yourself to make him feel less stressed out. Simply being there for him in an optimistic fashion will begin to cool his anxiety. Conception takes teamwork. If you’re both stressed it won’t happen. Work together to help each other relax.
Tip #4: Surrender To Your Life
We’ve all had those days where no matter how well organised we are, or how much planning we have done, nothing seems to go our way. We plan the best we can, but sometimes life throws a spanner in the works.
Trying to have everything perfect ALL the time isn’t feasible.
Life happens as it happens, on its own terms and many times there is very little we can do about it. So take a deep breath. Remain optimistic. If you’re really nervous about conceiving, speak to us at Hunter Women’s Health Centre.
Remember these things do take time. Just because it doesn’t happen right away—or even after a few months—doesn’t mean it won’t happen ever.