Stress Management When TTC

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VenusdiMilo - July 10

Trying to conceive can be stressful for some couples. Things may not be working out as they thought they would and it can be difficult not to feel disappointed, angry, upset or depressed if this is the case. It is an emotional issue. Some women may be surprised just how strongly the urge to reproduce can hit them. It can become an all consuming exercise, which in itself can start to cause all sorts of stress in your life and relationships if things aren't moving as quickly as you would like. Being aware of your thoughts and emotions is very important. Awareness is the first step to changing anything. By listening to the voices in your head and the feelings in your body you may uncover obstacles, beliefs and negativity that are hindering the conception process. Utilizing effective stress management techniques is essential to maintaining your equilibrium and minimizing the impact of stress on you which in turn will ensure you are relaxed and able to conceive easily. Perversely, a woman under great stress is less likely to conceive easily - which is possibly an old survival technique employed by Mother Nature. Everyone is different and every one of us reacts to situations differently so it’s important to go easy on yourself. What is an effective stress technique for one may not suit another, some suggestions are: 1) regular exercise. 2) good diet - eat when you’re hungry - enjoy your food. 3) time out for meditation or daydreaming. 4) Reduce unnecessary tasks / activities in your schedule. 5) get adequate sleep. 6) journal writing. 7) regular bodywork - massage, acupuncture, reflexology, facial, whatever works for you. 8) have fun. 9) read a good book. 10) watch funny movies. 11) hang out with supportive, positive friends and avoid those who are negative or want to share their horror stories. Try to maintain your usual life without allowing the trying to conceive process overrun your whole life - this can be difficult for some, but is essential to maintaining a positive outlook. Take some time to spoil and nurture yourself in preparation for the spoiling and nurturing you will give to your baby

 

soimpatient - July 10

Thanks Venus! When I read this I thought "gee, most of this is common sense" and then I thought "gee, I had forgotten about most of this"...thanks for the reminder

 

VenusdiMilo - July 10

No Problem!! Good Luck!!

 

kristie h - July 12

I know it is common sence but yeah thanks for the reminder, in other words though let ttc become second nature its great the way you explained it though. Thanks!!

 

sammykjo - July 12

This is my hardest obsticle...keeping stress to a minimum. I am naturally a stressful person. I always have been. I know how much stress does NOT help the process of getting pregnant...its just a matter of being aware of it and trying to apply it. Since this is only the beginning of my second month of ttc, I'm not STRESSING too much over all the extras. I just know when my fertile window is and bd. I can't not think about ttc, but I'm trying not to over think it. After the first month and following everything on here, I feel much more prepared and aware for this month and proceeding months. Hopefully I can relax a little now and let things happen.

 

VenusdiMilo - July 12

**BUMP**

 

sammykjo - July 12

What does BUMP mean?

 

VenusdiMilo - July 12

It means it needs to be on the first page and some people might just want to read it before posting a question b/c a lot of these posts/questions sounds stress related to me.

 

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