When you and your partner started to plan for a family, you probably hoped it wasn’t long before you could share the good news. However, life doesn’t always go as planned and the stress of coping with fertility problems can become overwhelming. And when you’re trying to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, stress is not ideal. According to a study conducted at Ohio State University, stress can reduce your odds of becoming pregnant by as much as 29 percent.
Learning how to manage and reduce your stress can significantly improve your ability to become pregnant. This week marks Infertility Awareness Week, and our experts are providing three effective ways to cope with stress if you’re facing infertility. These methods don’t just provide stress relief, but can actually help improve your chance of becoming pregnant.
1. Start practicing yoga
Yoga involves a series of meditation and deep-breathing exercises that can help you reduce and relieve stress naturally. Doing one or two 90-minute yoga sessions per week can help reduce your stress levels by as much as 30 percent, according to a study published in the International Journal of Yoga.
If you’ve never done yoga before, enroll in a beginner’s class and progress from there. When you finally do become pregnant, consider enrolling in a prenatal yoga class so you can stay fit throughout pregnancy.
2. Engage in cardio exercise
Cardio exercises such as running, swimming, cycling, and dancing help improve blood flow and circulation, which contribute to improved fertility health. Plus, cardio exercise helps the neurons in your brain learn how to react to stress in a more healthy way — resulting in a decreased risk for long-term stress. The study, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests engaging in cardio exercise for 30 minutes, five days per week.
3. Dive into a major project
Tackling a major project — whether it’s personal or work-related — can battle stress by helping you feel more responsible and in control of your life. Some couples who face fertility problems tend to feel as if they’ve lost control of their lives due to their inability to become pregnant. But assuming a leadership position at work or in your personal life can naturally help reduce your stress levels.
Ask your boss if you can lead a new high-level work project, or start working on a personal project you’ve been meaning to start — such as writing a book, cleaning out the garage, or sorting old photos into a scrapbook. As long as you don’t feel stressed tackling a project, this should help take your mind off of things and create a positive distraction.
Women’s Care Florida offers evaluation and testing that can help pinpoint the cause of infertility and determine which treatment would be appropriate based on your health history. Contact WCF to schedule an appointment and to learn more about how we can help you take care of you.