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Is Stress Keeping Us From Getting Pregnant?
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If you and your loved one have been trying to
conceive a child, but have unfortunately had
little success, stress levels are often on the
rise for both of you.
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But for some couples, the stress resulting from
the inability to conceive may actually be part of
the reason theyre having difficulty getting
pregnant.
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Anew condition called Pregnancy Stress
Syndromenot only can prevent you from getting
pregnant, but also can create problems and
complications during the pregnancy, most notably,
miscarriages.
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What Is Going on Inside My Body When Im Under
Stress? When faced with excessive stress levels,
the brain signals the adrenal glands to start
producing
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and releasing more stress hormones, especially
adrenalin and cortisol. In other words, your body
is initiating your fight or flight response in
the sympathetic nervous system.
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Since all hormones talk to each other (that is
their job, after all), increased levels of stress
hormones within your body often cause an
imbalance to other hormone systems.
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Together, the adrenal glands, pituitary gland,
and hypothalamus of the brain, evaluate the level
of stress and perceived stressors on your present
state,
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and increase the production of stress hormones to
enhance our survival instincts during
heightened levels of stress.
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While this can be beneficial occasionally in
certain situations, it is when we are in a
constant state of fight or flight, it is
counterproductive to the reproductive system and
being able to conceive a child.
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How Does Stress Prevent Pregnancy? Increased,
prolonged levels of stress results in the bodys
continual release adrenalin and cortisol, and
elevated levels affect the body as follows
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1. Progesterone secretions from the corpus luteum
(which are responsive for maintaining your
uterine lining and sustaining a pregnancy) are
reduced.
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2. The release of estrogen is reduced and impedes
follicle development and health.   3. With
reduced estrogen levels, it also reduces the
thickness of the fertile mucous and endometrium.
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4. The secretion of prolactin is increased and
inhibits ovarian functions, like ovulation.   5.
Reduces immune responses, like the part of the
immune system responsible for preventing
miscarriages.
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6. Reduces secretion of LH (luteinizing hormone),
which is responsible for ovulation.
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7. Reduced conversion of active thyroid hormones,
leading to elevated TSH levels, and subclinical
signs of hypothyroidism (one of the primary
factors in infertility)
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In addition, since increased stress levels reduce
immune responses, other health issues can arise,
which can further impede the ability to conceive.
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What Can I Do? The first thing you need to do is
address and deal with your stress in a healthy
manner.
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Diet First and foremost, a change in dietary
eating patterns and developing a daily exercise
routine helps immensely.
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Far too often, our go-to foods when overly
stressed are those we consider comfort foods,
which are full of unhealthy fats and contain
large amounts of sugar and sodium.
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Eliminating refined sugar and a processed food
reduces the insulin burden on the hormone system,
and the livers need to detoxify chemicals.
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Instead, reach for whole foods, healthy fats like
avocado and nuts, and be sure to reach your
required daily caloric intake healthy fat making
up at least 40 of it.
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Stress Management Others benefit from learning
new techniques and methods to reduce stress and
relax, like getting regular message therapy,
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joining a yoga class, or trying acupuncture. Ive
personally seen acupuncture lower FSH levels (a
sign of ovarian failure) from 19 down to 9 in a
the course of a month.
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Seek Help Lastly, DONTGoogle things! The
Internet is a never-ending black hole of
information, some good, some bad, and some
terrible.
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Youre wasting precious energy adding potentially
incorrect information to your already stressed
state. This is what your Naturopath is for.
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Unsure to build a well rounded health team to not
only help you manage stressors, but to look at
every factor involved that may be reducing your
chances of conception,
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all the while optimizing your chances of success
(theres a LOT you can do to improve sperm egg
quality, ovulation patterns, etc.)
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As an additional resource, consider a
well-rounded book that will provide insight and
empowerment, like Taking Charge of Your
Fertility, by Toni Weschler MPH.
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To determine whether your inability to conceive
is due to heightened stress levels, I encourage
you to consult with a qualified
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and experienced Naturopathic Doctor who has a
focus in hormones and infertility for a detailed
and comprehensive examination.
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To schedule a consultation appointment today,
please feel free to contact Dr. Courtney Holmberg
at 647-351-7282, or visit www.courtneyholmbergnd.c
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