Effects of Stress on Fertility. Keep calm and get pregnant?María Arellano
The effects of stress on fertility worry many hardworking moms to be. If you’ve been a workaholic for 15 years. Is it time to slow down the pace in order to get pregnant?
Recent studies say antistress therapies can be the best way to increase your odds of getting pregnant. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can affect your body, your mood and your behavior. Yes, that means EVERYTHING, including your fertility!
If you are using the hiMama fertility monitor -and are planning on starting your family- keep in mind that the different expressions of stress can lead to obesity and sexual behaviors that affect your fertility.
Should you take stress seriously? Read up on the subject. Scroll down to learn what stress is and ways to manage your stress… including the marvelous usage of the doodle.
What is stress?
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It’s impossible to live without stress. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy.
Effect of Stress on Fertility. A good combination?
Certain expressions of stress on your body may impede your chances of getting pregnant.
Many women share the following concerns.
- Is stress affecting by period?
- Is stress affecting my health?
- Is stress affecting my relationship?
- Is stress affecting my chances of getting pregnant?
Setting aside severe cases of stress, in most cases it’s hard to answer these questions. But if you know you are stressing out, you can start by watching out for signs that stress is affecting your relationship with food for example or your relationship with your significant other!
How do i know if I´m too stressed to get pregnant?
Stress may take the form of a headache, or be present in an upset stomach. Everybody reacts differently under stress, and stress may affect your body differently, too. So how do you know if stress is affecting your body?
Common effects of stress on your body
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems
Stress can also affect your mood causing a sense of anxiety or restlessness.
Common effects of stress on your mood
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Irritability or anger
- Sadness or depression
Stress can even be behind certain “bad” behaviors for example overeating, under-eating, angry outbursts, or substance abuse.
Common effects of stress on your behavior
- Overeating or under-eating
- Angry outbursts
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Tobacco use
- Social withdrawal
- Exercising less often
Concerned that stress might be taking a toll on your health? Take a closer look at the Mayo Clinic recommendations on stress here.
Obesity and stress
If you have a tendency to overeat when you are under a lot of stress, watch out! Overeating can have definite negative effects on your odds of getting pregnant. There is a clear relationship between obesity, overweight problems and the most common infertility causes in both men and women.
Sex and stress
If sex used to be your antistress treatment, you might be in trouble. Fertility treatments tend to incur plenty of stress. And planning sex, isn’t the same as spontaneously going at it. Many couples struggle to keep the flame alive in order to conceive naturally. Read up on our recommendations for sex during fertility treatments and make sure to take the anguish out of sex during family planning by charting your cycle accurately with the hiMama fertility app.
Ok. So what should you do if you are experiencing DEFINITE signs of stress?
Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say
“If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies, such as:
- Regular physical activity
- Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or getting a massage
- Keeping a sense of humor
- Socializing with family and friends
- Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music”
Get pregnant: Doodle it
The doodle is the new yoga. That’s right. If you are confronting severe levels of stress, forget sweating away hours at a time and having everything hurt. Instead, grab your favorite color and squiggle away! Looks like art has masterful ways of rescuing us even from ourselves. Read more here.
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