Today is National Stress Awareness Day and the concept couldn’t be more linked to fertility. One of the most common things I hear from my infertility clients is that they worry that the stress that they are experiencing as a result of infertility struggles will further contribute to their infertility. Let me start out by reassuring you that there is currently no empirical evidence that this is true. It is appropriate and often unavoidable to experience high levels of stress when going through infertility and assisted reproduction. You do not need to carry the double burden of both going through infertility and then worrying that you are stressing too much about it. Stressed out people have babies all the time!
Now, onto why stress management matters. Stress feels very uncomfortable – wouldn’t you agree? If you’re struggling to conceive, there are often feelings of stigma and social isolation, relationship challenges, and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that you’re dealing with. Stress management techniques can help to alleviate all of these things.
So let’s get to it! What can you start doing today to manage your stress?
In conclusion, feeling stressed will not prevent you from getting pregnant. I can’t emphasize this enough! But feeling stressed is no fun for anyone, and it can tax your resilience during to the long and often arduous process of trying to get pregnant. So take care of yourself by engaging in some stress management techniques. There’s no better day than today!
Click here to read the original blog post that I wrote for Kindbody as the featured blog writer for National Stress Awareness Day, November 3, 2021.
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Dr. Martine Jones (formerly Martine Luntz) is a clinical psychologist who serves clients in North Carolina, Florida, and internationally by providing support for relationship concerns, stress and anxiety, infertility, prenatal and postpartum distress, and life and role changes.