Is Stress the Reason You Can’t Conceive?


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — A new study from the University of Louisville has confirmed that women’s high stress levels reduce their probability of conception by up to 45 percent. Here are some ways to de-stress your everyday life, and tips to increase your chance of conceiving.

The first step to increasing your odds of conceiving is to avoid stress. Of course this isn’t always possible, so it’s important to practice relaxation techniques to counteract the stressors. Mindful meditation is a key aspect; you can also drink green tea or eat mood-boosting foods such as pretzels or chocolate. Just be sure to watch your portion size, 100 calorie packs work well in this situation. You may also want to try creating a specific space in your home for relaxation. Retreat there, and listen to soothing music. You could make this your bathroom, and take a hot bath with salts and soaps to ease your tension. Exercising daily before unwinding, can also boost endorphins and reduce stress. Women’s health magazine also has some good tips to increase your chance of conception. You can take prenatal vitamins, and use smart phone health apps like “clue,” which will allow you to track your cycle and prompt you with feedback as to when your fertility window is about to begin. You may also want to cut back on caffeine; several studies have shown it can increase the amount of time it takes to conceive. And go easy on the alcohol; you don’t need to abstain, but stick with no more than two servings per day.

While you should exercise regularly, be sure not to over exert yourself. Training for a marathon will result in increased stressors, which can be problematic for your conception.

Contributors to this news report include: Gabriella Battistiol, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.

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