Perhaps I’m stating the obvious here, but one thing I keep hearing from our TTC users is that trying to get pregnant can be STRESSFUL. Everything from getting invited to a friend’s baby shower to seeing a diaper ad on TV can make it worse. What’s more, some doctors say that high levels of stress can negatively impact fertility. So women who are ALREADY stressed are caught in this catch-22 of being told they absolutely can’t stress out, since it will affect their chances of getting pregnant - but the thought that they have already hurt their chances of getting pregnant is inherently stressful. Arghh!!!
Especially if you’ve been trying for a while, being told that all you need to do is ‘relax and just let it happen’ can be downright patronizing. If you’d rather take matters into your own hands, the Fertility Awareness Method is for you.
Tracking your fertility signs CAN increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you know exactly when you’re fertile each cycle, you won’t need to spend all your energy having sex every day (unless you want to, of course). Or, if it turns out that you aren’t ovulating regularly, at least you’ll know this and will be able to take further steps to encourage ovulation rather than being disappointed each month. Or, if you do have perfectly healthy, ovulatory cycles but still aren’t getting pregnant, it might be a sign that your partner should have his fertility tested.
So! When it comes to using FAM to get pregnant, here are some tips for keeping your stress levels at bay:
Of course, it goes without saying that living a healthy lifestyle (through regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a proper diet) can help with stress, as can stress management techniques such as meditation or journaling. And while it may not be a good idea to spend all day on the fertility forums, it can help to have the support of an understanding friend.