There is now a proven link between stress and infertility and women are seeking ever more creative ways to deal with their anxiety in order to fall pregnant. One woman from Boston chose to tackle her stress through meditation. Urit Chaimovitz had been trying for two years to have a baby. Despite falling pregnant four times Chaimovitz suffered four miscarriages, each during her second trimester.
She was at her wits end and willing to try anything when she came across a poster for a mindfulness-based programme. She signed up immediately at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health.
“The 10-week sessions included yoga, meditation, and learning behavioral techniques like overcoming negative thoughts.”
Several months after completing the programme she conceived and gave birth to her daughter Romi. Chaimovitz’s story should give women hope that stress can be defeated.
What causes stress?
Stress can be caused by any number of factors including unemployment, a traumatic event, getting married or relocating. However it is not only linked to major life changes. In fact for most of us it happens little by little as our experience of life impacts our world-view. Very often stress develops not so much because of what happens to us but rather due to our perception of what has happened. If we view the world with fear and uncertainty we will live in a constant state of anxiety and stress.
How do I know if I am stressed out? Are you:
- Constantly worried or anxious?
- Struggling to sleep?
- Eating unhealthy foods?
- Battling negative thoughts?
- Uninterested in life?
- Drinking excessively?
- Unable to enjoy yourself?
For women attempting to conceive stress is particularly harmful as it can lead to a lowered sex drive, irregular periods and poor health. The body knows the best time for conception and will avoid periods of stress for obvious reasons.
How can I decrease my stress levels? Some quick tips include:
- Taking care of yourself
- Talking to trusted friends and family members
- Making time to reflect
- Thinking positive thoughts
- Getting adequate rest
- Asking for help
Stress should be taken seriously and dealt with immediately. If you feel stress is hampering your ability to fall pregnant get in touch with one of our Fertility Clinics and get professional advice on how to effectively deal with stress in your life.
By Cindy Harker