Is Stress Keeping You from Getting Pregnant?

is-stress-keeping-you-from-getting-pregnantHave you been trying to get pregnant, but just can’t with no medical explanation of why? Chances are you are suffering from stress – which is common in men and women who are basking on the edge of becoming parents. And why wouldn’t you be stressed? One of the problems with stress and pregnancy is that many women find with each passing week and month where they aren’t pregnant, their focus shifts to thinking something is wrong. Obviously, positive thinking and optimism isn’t the only answer to getting pregnant – but it does increase your chances. Here’s why!

Firstly, when you are stressed or emotionally overloaded your body naturally releases hormones in order to ‘protect’ you. These hormones disrupt the natural hormonal releases that are needed to stay healthy and get pregnant. Essentially, the stress blocks the release of hormones that are conducive to keeping your body in tune. This could lead to a lack of ovulation, disrupted cycles, and even illness. Studies conducted actually proved that a compound found in women with high levels of stress, called alpha-mylase – produced a substantially lower amount of fertility.

In fact, in the study, women with this stress compound found in their saliva had only a 12% chance of conception over a year. These numbers are pretty telling. Obviously, the ripple effect of trying to conceive and not doing so month after month only increase your stress levels. Compound that with day-to-day stressors caused by relationships, work, and money and you have a recipe for conception disaster.

There is hope. You have to be able to recognize your own stress levels. This can be done by paying attention to your thoughts – which always produce a feeling. If you are feeling discouraged, hopeless, frustrated, overwhelmed, exhausted, and over worked, chances are you have some pretty negative thoughts that go along with it.

Learning to manage stress can definitely help you conceive. Try to find activities that you find soothing to you. It could be scheduling a daily walk in nature, journaling, reading, or even better, an exercise class like yoga or Zumba. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you engage in some activity EVERY DAY that helps you to release your stress levels. As it pertains to getting pregnant, do your very best to think positive and remain optimistic. You may find that by changing your mind and reducing your stress, you will be like millions of women who get pregnant the minute they stop trying.

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18 comments

  1. very helpful….important info

  2. I couldn’t get pregnant because I was stressing too much. But once I stopped trying to get pregnant and relaxed, I got pregnant an now we have a beautiful baby boy.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Stress causes a lot of things :/

  4. PrettyBoogs says:

    I believe in this so much! I was in a 4 yr long stressful relationship i suffered a miscarriage and did not get pregnant any other time during. I do also believe that everything happens for a reason. Life has taken me to a beautiful place! I am very happy now.

  5. Aimee says:

    very interesting

  6. Jeanetta says:

    I didn’t know stress could keep women from getting pregnant.

  7. Angela says:

    stress is terrible. learn to relax and have fun!

  8. Alyssa says:

    like I tell my friendds there is no reason to stress out about stuff. Its all just a temporary thing in life,. and it will go away soon. Just think of happy things! 🙂

  9. chanchal says:

    is it true..?then stress is too big problem get away from this monster..

  10. Ashley says:

    maybe stress is my problem, dunno…..

  11. Mama says:

    stress is alot of way to have me become pregnant or not but since i am it is more stress dealing with the situation that i dont want my child to be in. i rather go far away where i can raise my child how i want then people judging me

  12. lhunter says:

    It took me 7 months to get pregnant. I was so stressed out after 2 months of trying. After I got pregnant in August I was still stressed and I had a miscarriage. I got pregnant again in October and I am 33 weeks and 6 days.:)

  13. Deztani says:

    I agree. Even though me & My boyfriend pray & hope for a baby. I would say Our relationship was a little rocky. Now that is getting better. I feel we have better chances of conceiving please pray for us!!
    #Deztani&Sherod

  14. chelsey says:

    wow… i didnt know stress could keep you from concieving.

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