Stress, nutrition and wanting to conceive

Nutrition and stress both affect womans ability to conceive. PIcture cresdit: Dany Tedmore

Nutrition and stress both affect womans ability to conceive. PIcture cresdit: Dany Tedmore

Many of you already know that this month I've started working with a clinic, which focusses on stress resilience, helping clients to counteract the negative effects of stress on their health.

Chronic stress can affect our health in various negative ways. But a recent study with 400 women has proven something that nutritional therapists have known for a long time; stress can also affect our ability to conceive.

The study found that women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory window, were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month than other, less stressful months.

"The results imply that women who wish to conceive may increase their chances by taking active steps towards stress reduction such as exercising, enrolling in a stress management program or talking to a health professional." says Kira Taylor, Ph.D., one of the researchers of the study.

Can nutrition help in stress? Absolutely. Together with my clients we ensure that any dietary stressors are removed, and nutrients which support the body's own ability to respond to stress are available and enjoyed every day. We also work on lifestyle changes to optimise person's stress management (=release) techniques and ensure sufficient rest. Moving forward, if the environment which provides the stress is unlikely to change, I often work with cognitive hypnotherapist Cheyne Towers from Highgate Hypnosis, who provides tools to initiate change in behavioural and thought patterns. After all, we are often less likely to be able to change our environment, but we all have the power to change how we relate to it.

S. Akhter, M. Marcus, R.A. Kerber, M. Kong, K.C. Taylor. The Impact of Periconceptional Maternal Stress on Fecundability. Annals of Epidemiology, 2016; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.07.015

Research Source : Science Daily