5 Tips to reduce stress when trying to conceive are explored in this contributed post.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, there are no two ways about it; you need to relax. You might think you don’t have time to relax what with putting in a full working week, taking care of the house and trying to conceive, but if you don’t take time out to unwind, you could make it much more difficult to get pregnant.
The vast majority of infertility doctors agree that stress is one of the things that stop women from getting pregnant. It affects their mental and physical wellbeing, making the process much more difficult than it needs to be. So, if you’re frustrated by your lack of success before you try more extreme measures, do the following things to relax first:
Meditation isn’t as difficult as you think. You don’t have to bend your body into full lotus position or go off to a mountain retreat for two weeks; you just have to sit down, close your eyes and focus on your breath. It’s so simple, but it will help to keep you calm and present, and that will help your body fight off stress and all of the bad stuff it floods the body with.
The simple act of snuggling with a spouse, child or pet is enough to bring down stress levels and make you feel relaxed, almost instantly. So, take the time to relax with the people you love and indulge in pressure-free physical contact if you want to get your body and mind in the right space to conceive.
Book a Massage
If you’re so stressed out that your whole body feels tense, it’s time to book a massage or even better have your spouse massage you before the main event. You’ll feel so light and free that you won’t ruin your chances of conceiving by thinking too much about it and getting stressed out as a result.
When you’ve been trying to conceive for a whole without success, it can be so easy to slip into a negative mindset where you never stop blaming yourself and your spouse for the lack of progress in adding to your family. This will only make things worse, triggering stress and depression in the body. What you should do instead, is think positive. Recognize that no one is to blame and whenever you catch yourself being negative, stop, take a deep breath and replace that thought with a more positive statement. If you’re happy, things are much more likely to happen.
Get Away from It All
If nothing else works and you’re buckling under the stress of trying to conceive and getting upset when you don’t, it could be worth taking some time out either alone or with your spouse. Booking a relaxing holiday will help you to unwind, get some perspective and come back anew. In fact, many couples who’ve had trouble trying for a baby, but have no known fertility issues, have finally gotten pregnant on holiday when they were more relaxed than at home!