If you’re answer to that question is a resounding: “yes”, then you may be shooting yourself in the foot!
The more stressed you are the less likely it is that your body will be in a receptive state for conception. And yes, trying for a baby is an emotional roller coaster, but there are things you can do to even out the peaks and troughs.
Stress is a very pervasive condition: it affects all of us – mind, body, emotions and behaviour. It can have a very detrimental effect on the body – and hormones can be especially sensitive to stress chemicals. If we’re stressed we don’t think clearly and we can be impatient, short-tempered and over-emotional – not good for the people around us!
Here are 7 tips to reduce your stress levels and improve your chances of getting pregnant:
- Relax – listen to a relaxation CD, this will put your mind and body into a neutral state and allow you to release tension and re-balance your hormones (and it feels great).
- Breathe – take long slow breaths and you will get relaxed very quickly. This helps re-oxygenate the blood and gives the body a boost at a cellular level.
- Live in the moment – don’t think too far ahead and enjoy the now and your tension will just peel away. Thinking about what could have been or what might be can create stress and (negative thoughts about the past or the future) can be disempowering.
- Be grateful – every day, think of 5 things that you are grateful for – it will help you keep things in perspective.
- Know what you want from the future, but don’t get too attached to it. Detachment is one of the universal principles of getting what you want. If you hold on too tightly to your dreams and desires, you choke the life from them.
- Go for a treatment – book a relaxing treatment of reflexology, massage, or whatever you fancy. Treat yourself and let someone else take the responsibility for getting you relaxed, it’s bliss.
- Have a Plan B – decide what your life will be like if you don’t get pregnant. You don’t need to plan in too much detail, but do have an acceptable alternative in place. You’ll find that having a Plan B will take the pressure off and let you can allow yourself to be more relaxed than if you put all your eggs in one basket. (Pardon the pun!)
The less stress you put yourself under, the better chance you give yourself of getting pregnant and the more comfortable the process will be for you.
Give some of these tips a try and let me know how you get on.