TTC & Stress- What We Know- Fertility Support
This is a great week to try a new way to get pregnant. Well, not exactly. Fertile Yoga and Support Groups geared to fertility and infertility won't get you pregnant. Well, that's not exactly true either.
Well then, what is true?
We Know That TTC Can Be Stressful
One thing that we do know about the connection between trying to conceive(TTC) and stress is that frequently, the longer it takes to become pregnant, the more stress we feel. There's no good evidence the other way around, by the way. While stress doesn't play a positive part in becoming pregnant, neither does it act as definitively as say, birth control. Many women have felt lots of stress and become pregnant and vice versa.
We Know That Relieving Stress Can Be Helpful
One other thing that we do know is that reducing the stress we feel as we are trying to conceive enhances our lives. Makes it easier to think clearly. Lessening stress, even for a short time, can be calming and relaxing. Alleviating stress can make fertility treatment cycles feel less and easier to understand.
Simply put, getting out from under the weight of worry, upset, resentment and sadness, even for a short while, can help you live your life more fully while you are TTC. Alleviating those feelings, and those of isolation as well, can soothe all sorts of physiological responses, including affecting your pulse rate and hormone levels.
We Know That Fertile Yoga & Support Groups Relieve Stress
Fertile Yoga is free. It's a gentle, restorative practice, specifically designed for people trying to conceive and in fertility treatment. It's been around for over eight years and has the support of a Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut's (RMACT) six board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists (fertility specialists).
Make this your week to try something new, even if it's outside your comfort zone. It may be just what you need.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.