The Whys and Hows of Self-Care While Undergoing Fertility Treatment
Fertility treatment can be emotionally trying, and the associated stress you’re experiencing can be counterproductive. Happily, there are several things you can do to promote your well-being and ease you through this challenging time, and Taube Pilates Training is here to help. Read on for the whys and hows of self-care that will not just get you through this experience, but help you to thrive.
Destressing is a Must
First off, know that stress could be contributing to your situation—but as Psychology Today explains, probably not in the same way you might think. While stress can be disruptive to the reproductive cycle, that tends to be self-limiting, and is not typically the cause of true fertility concerns. On the other hand, that stress can trigger behaviors that are not conducive to conception. For example, substance abuse is a common coping mechanism, but it can interfere with fertility. Therefore, avoid smoking and minimise alcohol consumption.
Additionally, bad vibes in the home can be a source of stress. These vibes can come in the form of clutter, excessive complaining, and criticism. If you're faced with any of these situations on a regular basis, you'll do well to banish those bad vibes and allow more positivity to enter the home. You can do this by maintaining a clean home and performing a house cleanse with a solution of sage, selenite, sea salt, lemons, and white vinegar.
Work It Out
Exercising is a great way to lower stress levels, and as Shape explains, it can potentially raise your fertility levels, too. The key is to aim for a moderate level of exercise, as overdoing it can actually inhibit fertility levels. You don’t want to be sedentary, but on the flip side, it’s possible to go too far with a hardcore fitness plan.
Rather than opting for intense, 90 minutes gym sessions 6 days per week, stick to a less vigorous regimen. Aim for 30 to 45 minutes of exercise once per day. Find something that you enjoy doing, such as pilates (which can also be beneficial during pregnancy and postnatal), yoga, dancing or hiking with your dog. The important thing is to stay active and get your heart rate up for a little while every day, and pick something that is pleasurable so you look forward to doing it.
Eating a nutritious diet is an important part of self-care, and what you eat can even play a role in your fertility. Animal proteins and trans fat, for instance, could contribute negatively to conceiving, while a fiber-rich, lean meat- and vegetable-based diet can be a boon. Also, make sure you consume sufficient amounts of iron and folic acid. Along those lines, consider exploring some natural fertility aids, like probiotics and CoQ10, and of course, take your fertility medications as directed.
You might be surprised to hear that your mindset can have an impact on your fertility, but as Huffington Post explains, a positive mindset can actually make a big difference. It seems negative thought patterns can influence not only your behavior, but your body—right down to your cells. And what’s more, a negative mindset triggers more stress, anxiety, and depression, creating a slippery slope.
Kindling brighter energy isn’t as hard as it might seem. If you’re struggling with staying positive, try doing some meditation exercises, adding acupuncture to your wellness plan, and even adding a little aromatherapy. By staying hopeful and embracing mood lifting self-care measures, you can maintain a mindset that will work for you, rather than against you.
Lastly, don’t feel like you’re alone in your challenge. Having others to turn to, bounce ideas off, or just lean on when bad days pop up can make a world of difference in how you feel and in staying strong and positive. Connect with a support network that understands what you’re facing and can lift you up along the way. Even if you have an understanding partner, it helps to reach out to others whose circumstances are similar to yours, and who can lend an ear or share information that relates to what you’re doing.
Throughout your fertility journey, make sure you include self-care. Keep stress low, nurture your body and mind, and don’t go it alone. The above tips and resources, along with a caring support network, can help make the journey less stressful and more manageable.