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You Want Your Own Child, OK? …But Stress and Anxiety Can Jeopardise Your Chances

19-Sep-2014.By: Elsie Solomon - Osho

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Tade and Feyisayo’s wedding ceremony was off the hook. Every bride/groom-to-be that attended will wish the same kind for themselves, they had so many wedding gifts, there was so much love in the air, especially from the new couple. The wedding hall was full to the brim; many well-wishers prayed and congratulated the new couple. Customarily, it is very typical of a new bride to desire to get pregnant soon after the wedding ceremony; but five out of 10 times it doesn’t always turn out as expected.


Now it is the seventh month of marriage and Feyisayo is not finding it funny anymore. No sign of pregnancy. Agitation sets in and many other ill feelings made their way in too. Feyisayo is bitter. Nothing matters to her anymore; not even her dear Tade could please her with anything in the world. All she desired is a child; to make matters worse she let different side-talks of being barren get to her. The combination of all this disrupted her hormones from functioning as supposed; forgetting that hormones are key to female fertility.


Seven months have turned to “7 years”, not even a single sign of her long awaited dream. Now Tade is concerned; this is getting out of hands. And so the stress, anxiety and depression continued for this couple. As the desperation to get pregnant persists, the less possible it becomes for a woman to conceive of a baby and the man likewise.


Let us take a look at the possible causes of infertility.


The hormonal balance of human body is so delicate and constantly in flux. There are common hormones associated with female fertility, such as- Estrogens, Progesterone, Follicle-stimulating Hormone, Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone, and Luteinizing Hormone. The male folk are not left out in this, Androgens – or male hormones – also play a role.


Many publications have rolled out talking about infertility and the various causative factors. Results from different researches point at stress as a lead factor of infertility- (that’s aside those with special medical issues). The truth of the matter is that stress plays a strong role, reasons being that it affects the hormones that are supposed to secrete different glands that will aid the effect of making a woman pregnant. Stress reduces the potency of these hormones and makes it less active.


There is a strange pathway between fertility and stress, Allen Morgan, MD, director of Shore Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Lakewood, N.J. believes hormones like cortisol or epinephrine -- which rise and often remain high during times of chronic stress -- play a key role. It’s also possible that reducing stress will enhance proteins within the uterine lining that are involved in implantation. She says that stress reduction may increase blood flow to the uterus, which also affects conception.


There are countless testimonies of women that reduced the stress they go through and in no time they had their babies. Years back this issues of infertility was not as pronounced as in this times, because, the body of women/men are still the same- but their stress levels aren’t. Doctors even say the stress of actually undergoing infertility treatments can be so great it can stop even the most successful procedures from working.


Talk to the doctor; go for tests to know how to resolve this. Stop trying too hard because it will add more stress. Just relax and it will happen. Nevertheless don't relax because you think it's going to help you get pregnant; But do relax just because it feels good, because it's comfortable, and because when you do feel good, you're healthier overall, and that can never be a bad thing for conception."


It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. Your marriage is seriously endangered because there is no baby. All your friends have theirs, you want yours. Mother-in-law is breathing down your neck; you fear she might even attempt another wife for her son. It seems like your whole world is fallen apart.


Hey! …take it easy, your world is not falling apart; you have more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation for managing stress. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.


A way to start is by putting up a positive mental attitude. How you think can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being. Each time you think a negative thought about yourself or your situation, your body reacts as if it were in the throes of a tension-filled situation. If you see good things about yourself, you are more likely to feel good; the reverse is also true. Eliminate words such as "always," "never," "should," and "must." These are tell-tale marks of self-defeating thoughts.


Focus on the positive. When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life, including your own positive qualities and gifts. This simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle. You can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health.


Exercise regularly. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Nothing beats aerobic exercise for releasing pent-up stress and tension.


Eat a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress and prepare you for fertility, so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day.


Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary "highs" caffeine and sugar provide often end in with a crash in mood and energy. By reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks in your diet, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll sleep better.


Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary. More also, it could even jeopardise your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t avoid or mask the issue at hand; deal with problems head on and with a clear mind.


Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.


Last Updated: 30-Jun-2016 07:39 PM

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