Give Yourself a Break... Stress & Fertility

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Give Yourself a Break… Stress & Fertility

Everyone knows stress negatively affects fertility. Still, couples trying to get pregnant often fall into a monthly anxiety cycle. Consider stepping it down.

Everyone knows stress negatively affects fertility. Still, couples trying to get pregnant often fall into a monthly anxiety cycle of ‘are we or aren’t we?’. Consider adopting a more slacker approach and just step the whole thing down. This may seem counter-intuitive in our ‘get it now!’ era, but the truth is, your body simply doesn’t work like that. How many times have you heard about the couple who gave up, focused on adoption, and got pregnant immediately after the papers were signed? It’s not urban myth. It’s makes perfect sense. Obsessing just creates more obsession. Which is not exactly the best environment for a new life to take hold.

Hence, some fertility slacker advice: Try avoiding sex for a while. Or rather, have sex if you feel like it, not because a thermometer says to. Plan a vacation with your partner (and really make it a vacation). Allow yourself to be totally distracted by a home, work or self-improvement project. Leave babies, pregnancy and motherhood out of your conversations. If you’re involved in fertility treatment, shelve it for a few months. And yes, get into exercise, yoga, meditation.. things that quiet the brain and allow the body to take over for a while.

Simply put, try not to try so hard. We all tend to think maximum effort is the key to success. But in the case of fertility, stepping back a little may give success the room it needs to just walk in the door.

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