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Your Bad Mood May Be Keeping You From Getting Pregnant

Fertility CounselingYour bad mood can lead to serious fertility challenges. Your body’s reproductive system is on smart alert for harmful mood levels. It knows when it’s not a good time for you to have a baby. Fertility counseling for women who want to get pregnant can decrease stress, anxiety and depression, leading to significantly higher pregnancy rates.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Women suffering under stress – anxiety and/or depression – can experience up to 29 percent longer wait for pregnancy than women who manage their mood. Women with infertility report elevated levels of anxiety and depression, so it is clear that infertility causes stress.

Fertility Counseling for Stress Anxiety Depression

Women suffering from stress – anxiety – depression:

  • Have less sex
  • Are prone to drinking alcohol
  • Are likely to smoke
  • Maintain a poor diet and drink too much caffeine
  • Are less active and unmotivated

Babies born to women who are stressed – anxious or depressed can be:

  • Born premature
  • Have a low birth rate
  • Have developmental disabilities
  • Have potential birth defects

A Balanced Healthy Life

Before and during pregnancy, it is essential for you to find a balanced, healthy lifestyle and avoid unnecessary stress or daunting depression.

  • Manage your feelings to reduce episodes of stress, anxiety – and/or – depression
  • Promote your mindfulness
  • Elevate your optimism
  • Increase your whole-body wellness

Regular Exercise

One to five hours per week of low-impact exercise can lower stress levels and increase happiness.

  • Stretch
  • Walk
  • Yoga
  • Swim – Water Aerobics

Nutrition and Fertility

Nutrition plays an essential role in improving the chances of conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Diet matters greatly before pregnancy and solidifies healthy eating habits during pregnancy. Women who are trying to get pregnant are encourage to avoid processed foods with high sugar content. Choose natural grains, fatty acids from Omega-3s, and organic fish. Make sure you take your vitamin supplements containing folic acid.

A Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)

Women who are obese have three times the trouble getting pregnant than their counterparts within a healthy weight. Being overweight when pregnant also increases a woman’s chance of miscarrying. A healthy body weight and diet is essential to increasing your chances of becoming pregnant. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) to keep your reproductive cycle in balance. A BMI of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. Anything above 24 or below 19 may be hindering your chances of ovulation and conception.

Plan of Action to Get Pregnant

Make an appointment with one of our fertility specialists for a thorough reproductive examination and preliminary assessment of your reproductive health. Up to 34 percent of infertility cases are due to structural issues with a woman’s reproductive system. Both female and male patients must undergo a complete fertility assessment to evaluate their reproductive health.

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To schedule your initial consultation at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.
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