Stress and pregnancy planning
Avoid stress at all costs. One of the major factors to be considered when planning for a baby is to try to ensure that the woman remains as stress-free as possible.
Women can often find that their periods are interrupted, or stop completely, when they are subjected to extreme levels of stress. This is a major contributing factor in the disruption of the menstrual cycle and can sometimes cause you to miss your period. When this happens, your timeline for conception is further delayed.
Fear and worry, which are often present when trying to get pregnant, cause the body to release adrenalin into the body. This in turn causes physiological responses, such as muscle tension, causing the person to be more stressed. When attempting to get pregnant, it is therefore important that there is no surge in hormone levels and that levels are kept as normal as possible.
A few changes to your daily routine should ensure that your body is in the best condition to conceive.
Following a healthy diet is essential when trying to get pregnant and will help lower your stress levels by giving you the correct vitamins and minerals. It is important to remember that if you feel healthy and well, you will be able to give your baby a healthy start in life. Check with your doctor or dietary consultant to find out which foods can help you obtain all the essential nutrients your body needs to get pregnant. Doing this is a much better strategy than simply relying on pills. You should spend time planning your weekly meals to decrease stress. Planning head also allows you to make sure you have the necessary foods for an optimum diet.
Relaxation and meditation will also help keep stress levels down. Meditation classes, yoga, taking aromatic baths and listening to calming music are just a few ways you can relax. It’s important to find the one that suits you best and practice it regularly when trying to to get pregnant.
Making lists is also useful when trying to decrease stress. It is satisfying to tick off items after they’ve been completed and it also ensures that nothing is missed. Once this becomes a normal routine for you, you will see that some of the things you used to worry about aren’t that important after all.
You must remember that conception is dependent on a large list of factors and that sometimes it takes a while for pregnancy to happen. Do your best to remain calm and relaxed if you find it hasn’t happened that month. Being calm will improve your chances of conceiving during your next cycle.
- Avoid unnecessary tasks which may ease your conscience but nevertheless increase your workload
- Revise your diary and schedule quality relaxation time for yourself
- Set your priorities and work through them in order
- Don't get obsessed by interim results
- Keep a To-Do list
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Create and isolate "islands of tranquillity" for yourself and your relationships