Babies are cute!… for the most part… and, many of us want to have them. However, conception can sometimes take longer than we expect. When this happens, people often start to worry about what’s wrong, or why things aren’t going the way they’d hoped.
Don’t worry. Be happy. There are plenty of things you can do to boost your baby-making skills – but getting stressed is most certainly not one of them. Emotional health is just as important as physical health when it comes to fertility.
As I discussed last week, stress reduces the efficiency of an otherwise healthy body – including hormone function and fertility. It’s a kind of genetic protective mechanism; if the body is experiencing stress, it probably won’t feel that now is a good time to conceive and raise a healthy baby.
Aim to remove sources of stress where possible, or learn ways of managing it better. Activities like yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, exercise or counselling can all help to unwind. Without this time out, all the worries involved in having a career, balancing finances, looking after children, trying to make a baby – and the rest – can drain the energy and vitality that is needed to conceive. Strong emotions such as fear, worry and frustration may also place an extra burden on your health.
Slowing down the pace of life, and nurturing your body, may just be the fertility boost you need.
Plus, it’s more fun.