How stress influences the ability to conceive
Stress is a condition in which the body spends all its energy resources to cope with the stressful situation, maintain the vital activity of the body and search for balance. When a woman who wants to become a mother does not get pregnant for a year, gradually all thoughts and emotions become negative, which in turn contributes to the development of chronic stress. Irritation, anger, apathy, guilt, increased anxiety become part of a woman's life. At the same time, the work of the nervous system, which participates in all processes occurring in the body, is disrupted.
In order for pregnancy to occur, certain sex hormones must be produced in the first and second phases of the menstrual cycle. Under their guidance, ovulation occurs, that is, the release of the egg from the follicle into the pelvic cavity, fertilization, successful attachment (implantation) of the embryo to the mucous membrane of the uterus and further growth of the fetus.
During chronic stress, there are:
• increased levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and decreased levels of the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Progesterone is needed for successful implantation of the embryo, its reliable "fixation" in the uterine cavity and further development;
• metabolic disorders;
• lack of ovulation;
• significant changes in the immune system.
Ways to deal with stress:
In the period of conception of a child, it is necessary to rule out diseases of the reproductive system in both partners. And if there are no violations, give yourself time and minimize the level of stress.
And this means:
• adjust the sleep mode.
• eat a balanced diet — exclude alcohol, fast food, fatty, fried food from the diet.
• walk in the fresh air every day to saturate brain cells with oxygen.
• normalize the level of vitamin D, E, B12, iron, ascorbic acid, folic acid.
• move — walk, run, swim, walk 10,000 steps.
• if possible, exclude taking antibiotics, painkillers and other drugs.
• relax — do yoga, meditate.
• eliminate bad habits.
In the case of chronic stress, the body tries to preserve vital activity, turns off all secondary tasks. In this case, the reproductive function, unfortunately, is not a priority. Only basic needs are preserved - the ability to breathe, eat, sleep, hear, etc. If you cannot cope with stress on your own, you should contact a psychologist to understand yourself or support your partner and avoid the development of psychological infertility in the future.
Less stress and more positivity for everyone!