I have to admit. I was a woman who stressed out a lot during those baby making days. I would over-analyze every little symptom during the two week wait window. Heck – I psyched myself out each month, convincing myself that I must be pregnant. And then another cycle would be upon me. Months would pass. You would have thought that over time I would have learned not to set myself up for disappointment month-after-month.
I know I’m not the only woman who has obsessed over charts, pinpointing prime baby making days, and over-analyzing possible pre-pregnancy symptoms. In fact, many woman are known to find the journey to conceive a stressful one when in fact it should be quite the opposite.
Recent studies have found a connection between emotional stress and fertility issues in women, revealing that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can disrupt menstruation and potentially prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.In 2012, a study in the Journal of Human Reproduction compared pregnancy rates in couples that reported being stressed and those who were not. Results showed that pregnancy was much more likely to occur during months when couples reported feeling happy and relaxed.A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Beverly Beuermann-King, a stress and wellness expert, while in attendance at a Clearblue Clearly Romantic event held in Toronto
. Beverly shared with us some of her tips to reduce your stress and boost your baby making chances.
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Here’s a run down of some of the key tips on how you can reduce your stress while trying to conceive:1. Find ways to relax.
Enroll in a yoga class, go for a relaxing massage or take a quiet moment to yourself by soaking in a bubble bath.2. Get more sleep.
Stress may cause insomnia. Try and maintain a normal sleep routine by setting a regular bedtime and ensuring your bedroom is conducive to getting a good night’s sleep.
3. Be nutrition wise.
Nutrition impacts the way our bodies function and can cause us stress. Try to cut back on sugar, reduce your caffeine intake and increase how much water you drink.
4. Aim for emotional balance.
A Clearblue Fertility Consumer Insights survey revealed that 45 per cent of those trying to conceive admit that it took longer than expected. Nearly one in three described “uncertainty” as the most stressful element. Watch out for negative emotions and set realistic expectations. It’s normal for conception to take several months.
5. Laugh more.
Laughter can take the edge off a stressful day. Think of something funny, watch your favourite sitcom or go see a comedian.
6. Take advantage of support and counselling.
Sometimes we need to ask for help to manage our stress. Connecting with a doctor, psychologist or friends and family can help you reduce overall stress levels and helping boost your chance