New research has shown that extreme weather worsens depression in pregnant women and leaves them more anxious and distressed. Climate change is a growing concern in the wake of severe storms, floods, and wildfires. These extreme weather conditions may cause pregnant mothers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Pregnant Women and Stress
Pregnant women already suffering from depression are more inclined to pass on trauma from an extreme weather experience to their unborn babies. Studies have shown that climate change presents an exponentially greater danger for children born to mothers suffering from prenatal depression (Infant Mental Health Journal as cited by Popular Science). Prenatal depression increases the risk for infants to suffer distress.
Stress can negatively affect your ability to get pregnant. You must be proactive in combatting the stress brought on by infertility. Become well-informed about how to alleviate your stress. Prepare – Relax – Breathe.
Stress Reducing Tools
Decreasing stress by using proven tools will increase blood flow to reproductive organs – improving fertility.
Stress and a Woman’s Fertility
A woman my not ovulate and be prone to skipping periods if she is suffering from a lot of stress and lack of sleep. This makes it difficult to conceive a baby. Stress works at the level of the hypothalamus – the area of the brain controlling a woman’s monthly cycle. Stress can also prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus.
Stress and a Man’s Fertility
Reducing stress is also an important aspect to promoting a man’s fertility.
- Stress adversely impacts a man’s sexual function
- Stress adversely affects a man’s sperm quality
Identifying and Decreasing Stressors
The amount of stress a woman experiences while undergoing fertility treatment may be determinative of her pregnancy success or failure. Research has shown that high levels of stress adversely affects a woman’s ability to conceive.
Identifying, decreasing, and eventually eliminating key stressors in your life will definitely help to promote fertility.
- Identify stressors
- Modify stressors
- Eliminate stressors
An increase in fertility for many couples can be attributed to:
- Improved diet
- Overall increase in quality of lifestyle
Coping With Infertility
Studies have shown that women undergoing IVF with high anxiety had fewer eggs retrieved and fewer embryos implanting successfully. Stress has been linked to an egg’s ability to be fertilized and an embryo’s ability to implant in a woman’s uterine lining. Lessening stress levels will help to increased pregnancy success rates.
Other Helpful Stress Management Tools
- Avoid taking on new responsibilities
- Journal your thoughts and concerns
- Get more quality sleep
- Experience intimacy without sex
- Have sex for fun and not just baby making
- Seek help from a therapist or joint a support group
Caring and Compassionate Fertility Care Team
A caring and compassionate fertility care team will help you to proactively cope with stress before, during and after treatment. Fertility treatment no longer has to be a huge source of stress.
It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.