Lifestyle Choices

Reducing stress
Stress in the body can initiate a “fight or flight” response. Unfortunately, the pace and habits of our western culture have most of us locked into a constant and low-grade state of agitation. It is well documented that the body’s response to stress is to reduce blood flow to non-emergency organs (i.e. the ovaries, uterus and testes) and to release hormones that can have a cascade of negative effects on the reproductive systems of both men and women. It is of utmost importance, therefore, to integrate stress reduction techniques into your life. There are many options to chose from - exercise, massage, guided-imagery CDs, yoga, Qi-gong breathing, spending time in nature – pick the ones that you are most drawn to and do them regularly. related article

Less is more
Many of us are caught in a cycle of being extremely busy. We multi-task, we over extend ourselves and we are generally in the constant pursuit of more. How often do we hear the saying “I wish there were more hours in the day so that I could get more done”? The only thing that most of us need more of in our lives is down time! Try reducing your commitments and saying no to extra projects. Schedule a block in your day for an appointment with just yourself on a regular basis.

Proper rest
Be sure to recharge your body, mind and spirit with adequate rest. If you are having trouble sleeping, spend the last hour or two of the day slowing down and unwind from your day with a book or a bath rather than the heightened stimulation of TV.

It feels good to get your body moving! Along with an endorphin response, exercise also stimulates an increase of blood flow throughout your body. A moderate amount of exercise like cardio, strength training, tai chi and yoga is wonderful. Women with either low or high body fat may have difficulty in achieving a successful pregnancy; talk with your health care provider for more details if you feel you are in either one of these categories.

Emotional support
The heart ache of struggling to conceive can be overwhelming and it is a very big emotional load to carry all on your own. Reach out to a good friend or family member for support; seek the guidance of a counselor or spiritual advisor; or connect with other people who are going through the same emotional turmoil as you are through an infertility support group (IAAC). You are not alone.

Another effective way to release any anger, sadness or frustration you may be feeling is to write in a journal. Getting all the chatter and whirling of your thoughts out of your mind and onto paper has the amazing therapeutic effect of releasing some of the power of those thoughts; it can help facilitate clarity and healing.

Spending time daily to internally reflect and be thankful for all of the good aspects of your life brings a profound sense of well-being and gratitude. Even if it’s just five minutes a day, before you get out of bed in the morning or before you go to sleep at night, take a few moments to be still and mindful each day.

The following is a list of helpful books we have in our lending library at our office:

  • The Infertility Cure ~ Randine Lewis
  • Fertility and Conception ~ Zita West
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility ~ Toni Weschler


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