Emotions and Stress
Why can trying to become pregnant be stressful?
Why should I avoid stress when I'm trying to get pregnant?
How can I learn to reduce stress while I'm trying to get pregnant?
Why can trying to become pregnant be stressful?Worrying about whether or when you will conceive, what being pregnant will mean to you and your relationship, and all the steps you will want to take to increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, can sometimes create stress and anxiety.
Why should I avoid stress when I'm trying to get pregnant?There is no hard evidence to suggest that stress can prevent you from becoming pregnant. However, stress can depress your immune system, raise your blood pressure and alter your hormonal function. Also, it can prevent you and your partner from enjoying this time of anticipation and pleasure.
How can I learn to reduce stress while I'm trying to get pregnant?To learn to relax, we recommend that you first try to:
To help you cope with the stresses in your life that you can't avoid, we recommend:
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