There are several women who get pregnant easily even if they smoke like a chimney, drink a lot after dinner, and even think of exercise as a being waste of time. On the other hand, there are women who do all the right things but for months and years do not get pregnant and take their own time to get pregnant.
New evidence does indicate that stress does affect fertility. A recent study has shown that women with high levels of alpha-amylase, an enzyme that correlates with stress do have a harder time getting pregnant.
Women can indeed, and often do so, get pregnant even under intense stress, for example, that following the death of a spouse.
Women do suffer from high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. In stressful situations, cortisol, similar to adrenaline, does push metabolism into high gear. It can raise blood pressure or one can gain weight or it can lead to other health problems.
How to get rid of stress by women trying to get pregnant?
1. Enlist one’s partner.
Research does indicate that women do handle infertility-related stress differently from men. Women more often do seek social support, for example; men lean towards problem-solving. This disconnect can rather strain the relationship. Couples need to act as if they were dating again. They need to set aside time during the week to go to a movie. One can go in for dance classes together. Do take about 20 minutes of their time to spend on pregnancy-related discussions. Fertility talk does help but not too much of it.
2. Rethink one’s attitude.
Sometimes the feeling that everybody else does get pregnant, does cause much distress. Positive thinking is essential. One needs to avoid pessimistic thinking and being realistic in approach and attitude.
3. Try journaling.
Putting down one’s thoughts on paper can help get rid of the pressure in one’ thoughts. One feels off-loaded of concerns that one might feel hesitant to share.
4. Stay active.
Continuing activities one enjoys such as pregnancy projects. One can take pictures, plan special meals—whatever one has lots of passion for doing so. Enjoyable activities promote serotonin, which happens to be a mood-enhancing brain chemical.
5. Work on relaxation.
One needs to coax the body into a state of deep relaxation. Take about five minutes or so to close one’s eyes and then transport oneself to a far-off destination, a mini mental vacation. Allow one to experience all the senses of one’s surroundings. The benefits of the “relaxation response” include a rather slower heart rate and lowering of blood pressure. One can go in for meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxations are just a few.
Walking, swimming, yoga, or other forms of moderate exercise does get rid of the stress. Overweight women who need to trim pounds through physical activity benefit, for example, extra body fat does produce excess estrogen, which does interfere with ovulation. Higher-energy workouts such as running or jogging do stimulate the release of feel-good endorphins. Too much exercise for women does make matters worse since exertion does trigger the release of cortisol.
7. Get individual counseling or group support:
Counseling can indeed be an outlet for feelings of confusion, sadness as well as frustration. Group support is particularly quite helpful for women who feel isolated as a result of infertility.
Women who want to get pregnant need to relax and get rid of unwanted stress through positive activities that do relax the mind.