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How Stress Affects Pregnancy

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Women wonder how to get pregnant when in stress. It affects pregnancy and messes up ovulation and fertility. Here is how it affects chances of getting pregnant.

Stress hinders one’s health and well-being and you won't even know that how devasting stress can be when it comes to conceiving. Stress can also come in the way of conception for couples who are trying to conceive. It is very important for women to decrease their daily stress levels and hectic life and somewhere need to change their lifestyle before planning for a pregnancy and for smooth conception and a healthy pregnancy for nine months. If you are thinking that how to get pregnant you should also know that getting pregnant is difficult as stress affects pregnancy. Here is how high-stress levels can affect conception vastly:

1. Stress can Lead to Decreased Egg Production:

Stress induces various types of hormonal secretions in the body that leads to an imbalance in the body. Stress directly disrupts the functioning of the hypothalamus, that is a gland which is responsible for the proper functioning and the secretion of various hormones of the endocrine system. This, in turn also affects the hormones that help in the production of ovum or eggs. When stress comes between the ovulation, it is called as stress-induced anovulation.

Stress Affects Pregnancy, How To Get Pregnant

This medical condition leads to late ovulation period in a cycle or no ovulation period at all, hence leading to problems with conception. If you are thinking that how to get pregnant you should also know that getting pregnant is difficult as stress affects pregnancy.

2. Stress Affects Male Fertility: 

If you think that stress creates a problem only with women, not with men, then you are wrong. If you are thinking that how to get pregnant you should also know that getting pregnant is difficult as stress affects pregnancy. Stress not only interferes with female fertility but also creates a problem with the functioning of the male reproductive system. High level of stress both physically or mentally directly results in lower testosterone production, less sperm count/quality and other problems like erectile dysfunction that can make conception difficult for the couple to conceive. 

3. Stress Disturbs the Functioning of the Endocrine System:

Stress doesn’t result in reproductive problems directly. There are various hormonal changes taking place in the body that disturbs the normal functions of the body like irregular sleep, fatigue, weight gain, digestion can indirectly affect the reproductive cycle in a woman and lower the sperm count and motility in the males.

Stress Affects Pregnancy, How To Get Pregnant, Getting Pregnant

Except for the thyroid problems in women can affect pregnancy. If you are thinking that how to get pregnant you should also know that getting pregnant is difficult as stress affects pregnancy.

Finally, you know that how your chances to get pregnant and stress are strongly related to each other you should always look forward to releasing that extra stress and tension from your life. There are so many ways to do that - firstly to maintain a calm lifestyle & secondly eating healthy. Schedule a routine which includes some exercise for yourself which could include walking, running, yoga, and aerobics. You should take out time for your hobbies and needn't overstress at work.

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Dr. Bhavna Banga

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Infertility Specialist, Gynecologist Dr. Bhavna Banga
Noida

Dr. Bhavna Banga is one of the top gynecologists and obstetricians at Max Multi Specialty Centre, Panchsheel Park, Delhi. She has a significant experience in treating patients with different infertility and gynecological health issues which prevent the occurrence of successful pregnancies. Dr. Bhavna completed MBBS from Pune and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Mumbai. She is a crucial member of the department of gynecology at Max Multi Speciality Centre, Delhi. Dr. Bhavna specializes in the gynecological and fertility treatments including Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD), Gynecological Problems, Infertility Treatments, Donor Egg Process as well as Surrogacy Procedures. You can find more details regarding Dr. Bhavna Banga and her expertise at elawoman.com

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  2. How to get pregnant with an irregular period how to get pregnant, Elawoman - 2017
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  4. Environmental and occupational factors affecting female fertility female fertility, Elawoman - 2017

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Zeinth Mehra

I strongly believe in the listed points in this article. Stress doesn't let you have time for yourselves. You cannot manage your thoughts which helps you to take a decision, making you filled with negative thoughts.

Oct. 5, 2018, 7:56 p.m. 4.5

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Deepak Pal

I used to work at night shifts and the work pressure didn't allow me to either sleep or eat. Sleeplessness results in stress and my wife wasn't able to conceive due to it. Now I have abandoned my job and my wife is 3 months pregnant.

April 23, 2018, 11:23 p.m. 4.5

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Shathvik Tanwar

Stress can even affect your monthly cycles. With irregular cycles, it's difficult to determine fertility days and you might find it hard to conceive.

Feb. 8, 2018, 3:40 p.m. 5.0

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Abhishek Sharma

Once I came to know about its ill-effects and how stress affects pregnancy, I started finding ways to be more happy and it did work for me.

Nov. 1, 2017, 1:51 p.m. 5.0

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Jeevika Kohli

Yoga and meditation has a long lasting effect on stress. Morning walk, running and jogging can be done to release toxins from the body. Getting pregnant gets easier if you give your body proper nourishment and exercise well to burn calories.

Nov. 1, 2017, 1 p.m. 4.5

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