Stress and Fertility
Stress And Fertility
It’s not just bad things that cause stress, even good things happening in our lives cause stress. There won’t be a point in life where there won’t be stressed because even good events cause stress, but stress can be reduced so it doesn’t affect us negatively.
Did you know that when you are stressed, your digestive system is turned off? This is because of the hormones released by your body to put you into flight, fight or freeze mode. And those hormones turn off your digestion. Your sympathetic nervous system turns on stress and turns off your digestive system. Your parasympathetic system turns off stress and turns on your digestive system. If you are the world’s healthiest foods and are (stressed) not able to digest and assimilate it, you still won’t feel healthy.
What is Stress? It is a state of mental or emotional strain that comes about from demanding situations.
So, what has this got to do with Fertility?Worrying about inability to get pregnant or stay pregnant can actually be making it harder to do so. Stress affects fertility. When cortisol (one of the stress hormones) levels are increased, priorities inside the body shift to attend to the signals the cortisol is sending. Progesterone is needed to be at elevated levels for conception and in pregnancy, but when cortisol (the hormone our bodies release during stress), is repeatedly released, the body prioritizes it over progesterone.
To help lower stress, try the following;
- Use of Adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs that help your body resist stress. You may want to speak with a naturopath or a fertility coach about what Adaptogens to use that won’t affect your trying to conceive.
- Use Magnesium. Magnesium helps replace the progesterone your body lost to cortisol. Some sources of magnesium are Dark leafy greens, Legumes, Seeds and Nuts.
- Laugh. Have fun. Even in the midst of the challenge that stares you in the face, have fun. The Bible says Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice, Philippians 4:4
- Cut down on Caffeine. High quantity of caffeine can increase stress.
- Practice Deep Breathing. Deep breathing helps activate your parasympathetic nervous system.
This article is meant to serve as a guide only and for information purpose.