Even if infertility stress doesn’t decrease your pregnancy chances, it sure takes the fun out of trying to get pregnant! These tips for overcoming the stress of fertility treatments, ovulation monitoring, temperature charting, and scheduled romps in the hay are from doctors and research studies.
Before the tips, a quip:
“I gained 60 pounds, and I’m proud of it,” said Kate Hudson. “Why do I need to watch my weight when I’m pregnant? I could eat whatever the hell I want to eat.”
Doesn’t that just make you want to get pregnant faster? It does me! One of the best ways to overcome the stress of trying to get pregnant is visualization with relaxing music. Heartstrings: Visualizations for Pregnancy is a wonderful CD that includes affirmations for a healthy pregnancy. And, here are five practical food-based tips for overcoming the stress of fertility treatments and conceiving a baby…
Increasing Pregnancy Chances – 5 Tips for Overcoming Infertility Stress
1. Eat nutritious green foods. “Your body functions more efficiently if your liver is free of toxins, heavy metals and fatty infiltrations,” says Dr Julia Hunter, who founded Skin Fitness Plus. “The healthier you are, the happier you are – and the better you’ll handle stress.” Broccoli, sea greens, spinach and arugula are liver-cleansing foods that don’t guarantee pregnancy success, but will keep you healthy.
2. Don’t forget your milk products – indulge in goat or sheep dairy. Full-fat dairy products can help you get pregnant, so make sure you’re drinking milk and eating chease. And, the calcium and tryptophan in different types of dairy calm frayed nerves. “Goat or sheep dairy is easier on your digestion and better for your skin than cow dairy,” says Dr Hunter. Try sheep’s milk cheese, goat butter, or feta cheese.
4. Eat honey, not refined white sugar. To overcome infertility stress, avoid refined white products as much as possible – and eat more honey! “The glucose in honey is absorbed quickly and provides an immediate energy boost, and the fructose is absorbed slowly, offering sustained energy,” says Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. “Honey consists of 52% glucose, 48% fructose. They are individual energy units, so the glucose is used first, providing an immediate energy boost, and the remaining fructose absorbs more slowly for the sustained energy.” Honey also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that strengthen your immune and digestive systems.
5. Smell the lemons. Citrus fragrances increase your serotonin and norepinephrine levels, alleviate stress, and boost feelings of well-being. Dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on your dryer sheets or a handkerchief, and enjoy the scent throughout the day. The scent will keep your mood stabilized and balanced, which will help you overcome the stress of fertility treatments, temperature charting, and ovulation monitoring.
If you have any thoughts or questions on these tips for overcoming infertility stress, please comment below…