Stress and conceiving a baby

Women who had higher levels of a stress-indicative enzyme were 12 per cent less likely to conceive during the fertile period of their cycle (posed)High stress levels can damage a woman's chances of getting pregnant, researchers warn. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life, but for couples coping with infertility and infertility treatments, conceiving a baby can be trying.
The tips and information contained here will help you and your partner remain in that 90 percent group—emerging from your infertility journey with your relationship not only intact but stronger, regardless of what happens in your quest for a child. Plan some dates to spend time together and enjoy yourselves; consider going to see a rom-com or a stand-up comic.
The physical, emotional and financial stress of infertility can, if you're not careful, hurt your relationship with your partner.

Studies show that couples who keep their feelings hidden are much more likely to have problems related to the stress of infertility.
That means going to appointments together, coping with side effects together, grieving together, sharing the news together with friends and family. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that repeating a phrase with a spiritual meaning helped people cope with a variety of problems, including anxiety and insomnia. A Swedish study published in the International Journal of Stress Management found that floating in saltwater triggers the body's relaxation response, which, in turn, helps lower stress hormone levels. And it may be too late to change the few things you might have once controlled, such as trying to conceive when you were younger. Create a personal mantra based on your own beliefs; choose one that makes you feel calm, and repeat it to yourself throughout the day.

After seven weeks, people who regularly relaxed in floating tanks slept better, felt more optimistic and reported having less anxiety, stress and depression.
A study from England's University of Sussex found that reading, listening to music or sipping a cup of tea can ease stress.
It would be easy to turn to one another and shout, "It's your fault!" But the reality is that no matter who plays the blame game, you both lose. The reality is what you're facing today: Having a baby is going to be more difficult for the two of you than for many other couples.

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