What not to do when you are trying to conceive

After a weekend of unimaginable acts, you may be facing serious questions about the world we live in. A recent study conducted by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center followed over 500 women during a 12-month period and found that women with high levels of stress during preconception were less likely to conceive than their less stressed counterparts. Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and author of the upcoming book Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility Now and into Your 40s, Aimee Raupp, says we really need to “chill out” when it comes to conception. Regular physical activity: 20-30 minutes a day of aerobic activity like walking, swimming, biking will lower your cortisol levels.

Ask for help: Feelings of isolation will only lead to agitation and elevated stress hormone levels so reach out, stay connected and lean on others when necessary. If you’re not getting pregnant after six months of trying, you should talk to your primary care physician who might recommend seeing a fertility specialist.
But agonizing over not getting pregnant can be the exact thing that’s keeping you from conceiving. If you’re stressed about not getting pregnant, you can also find some support online through groups like The American Fertility Association, Fertility Ties, and Attain Fertility.

In the meantime, make sure you’re leading a healthy lifestyle and try your best to enjoy the time of preconception. The stress that couples, and women in particular, experience while trying to get pregnant can have a snowball effect on the body, which makes stress management a top priority.

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