Controlling Stress

To much stress can contribute to missed periods. Irregular menstrual cycles make conceiving difficult. That’s why learning to manage stress is so important for women who are trying to get pregnant.

The uncertainty of infertility creates stress in and of itself in addition to the stress that already exists in day-to-day activities. With the help of DVIF&; G’s team of physicians, therapists, and nutritionists, you can learn to control the stress in your life. Here are tips to get you started:

• Make a commitment to be good to yourself by eating a well-balanced diet and getting enough sleep.

• Exercise on a regular basis with the permission of your doctor. Regular exercise has been proven to relieve stress. It also can help protect the cardiovascular and immune systems from the consequences of stressful events. Good choices are swimming, walking, or cycling.

• Know your limits and learn to be flexible. This is key to solving problems in a calm, rational manner.

• Try to inperpret stressful situations such as being stuck in traffic when you’re late for a meeting as challenges, not as threats. Then determine what you can control. Sometimes the only thing you will be able to control in a stressful situation is the way you respond, but that’s a start.