The bond between stress and fertility is the proverbial “catch 22.”
When you’re trying to conceive, would be parents pay close attention to stress levels as they are directly related to your fertility or lack thereof. The frustration for those who seem to be doing everything right and simply can’t get pregnant often leads to stress put on all parties involved.
Thus, you’re in a bit of a predicament.
Various studies conducted link stress in women to a decreased chance in fertility. Whether that stress comes from your job, family or friends, women must make every effort to at least limit the amount of stress they endure throughout the course of a day, week, month or year, at least as long as you’re trying to get pregnant.
The idea that stress is directly related to infertility isn’t much of a surprise, given that your body must be incredibly healthy physically and mentally for a would-be pregnancy. Being upset that becoming pregnant isn’t happening for you is also equally understandable.
You might, however, want to seriously consider methods to decrease your stress, thus raising your chances for conception. Experts agree that an exercise program might be the best avenue to pursue as far as eliminating stress from your routine.
The most common and recommended activity or class atmosphere would be a Yoga or Pilates type endeavor. Yoga centers on relaxation and finding inner peace and harmony, while Pilates is a low impact workout that focuses on strengthening your muscles and core. Truthfully, any type of exercise, even a leisurely stroll or bike ride, will temper any sort of stress that you might be experiencing.
And those classes aren’t just for moms, either. While studies of infertility and stress typically focus on females, males could also use a heavy dose of exercise and stress relief as part of their day. Men tend to put pressure on themselves just as much as women when it comes to starting a family and focusing on the fertility of their female partner. Men might be better equipped to handle the pressure of infertility and the letdown from trying for so long and losing hope along the way.
The general belief is that the moment hopeful parents start to relax and not think about getting pregnant it tends to happen when you least expect it. If you’re into playing the odds and treat fertility like more of a chess match than dumb luck, you’re first move should be dumping any and all stress that permeates through your life.