How to Help Your Body to Feel Safe to Get Pregnant

Have you been finding yourself lately filling your calendar to the brim and feeling overwhelmed when you look at your to-do list? 

 

Or ending your days feeling depleted and exhausted and waking up the next day with low energy levels? 

 

I know that society pushes us to go go go and you probably often find yourself saying yes to more than you desire. 

 

But I want to ask you: Is living this way really telling your body it’s safe to get pregnant? 

 

When you put your body in a position where your stress levels are high and you don’t take time to rest there’s a lot going on internally that will make it MORE difficult for you to get pregnant. 

 

But I don’t want that to dishearten you. 

 

That’s why I’m sharing with you what you can do so that your body and mind are going to start thinking, “Yes I’m ready to prioritize reproduction.” 

 

In this blog I’m diving into – 

 

  • Why high-stress levels can make it more difficult to get pregnant 
  • Understanding your mind/body connection and how it’s connected to you getting pregnant 
  • 5 ways you can help your body feel safe to get pregnant 

 

 

First, we really need to talk about, 

 

Why high-stress levels can make it more difficult to get pregnant 

 

When your body is under lots of stress your body’s response is going to be to release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. 

 

These hormones are part of the body’s “fight or flight” response, which prepares your body to deal with perceived threats or dangers.

 

High-stress levels can make it more difficult to get pregnant due to the intricate interplay between the brain and the reproductive system. 

 

But staying in “fight or flight” affects your body and mind in several ways such as… 

 

  1. A Disruption of Hormonal Balance: 

 

Chronic stress can disrupt the normal production of reproductive hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This hormonal imbalance can interfere with your ovulation leading to difficulties in conceiving.

 

  1. Impaired Ovulation:

 

Stress can affect the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates your menstrual cycle. High levels of stress hormones can disrupt the signals sent from the hypothalamus to the ovaries, resulting in irregular or absent ovulation, which reduces the chances of conception.

 

  1. Changes in Menstrual Cycles:

 

Stress can cause alterations in the length and regularity of menstrual cycles due to delayed ovulation or low progesterone. Irregular menstrual cycles make it more challenging to predict ovulation accurately, further complicating your conception efforts.

 

  1. Reduced Libido: 

 

High stress levels can lead to a decreased sex drive or libido.  

 

These are just a few examples of what’s going on internally and how it’s impacting you when you are staying in “flight or fight” mode and why looking at the mind/body connection when trying to get pregnant is essential and is often overlooked as a critical part of your trying to conceive journey. 

 

That’s why something that I always work on with my clients is bringing the focus back to YOU. 

 

We don’t just look at your diet or your labs – because there’s so much more happening behind the scenes.  

 

Your body is taking in information constantly and trying to understand its state of survival and safety. 

 

Which leads me to… 

 

 

Why it’s important to understand your mind/body connection and how it’s connected to you getting pregnant 

 

Your brain might hear your desire to get pregnant and be working towards that but it can’t deny the stressors it is perceiving on a regular basis. 

 

That’s why I encourage you to look at and understand the mind/body connection because… 

 

  • You will understand how stress and anxiety can impact your body’s functioning, including reproductive health.

 

When you start practicing stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and deep breathing exercises, you can lower cortisol levels, manage your brain’s ability to activate the fight or flight response, and promote a more conducive environment for conception. 

 

Reduced stress and anxiety levels can positively affect hormonal balance, menstrual regularity, and ovulation, which will all increase your chances of getting pregnant. 

 

  • You will start optimizing your reproductive hormones. 

 

The mind-body connection plays a crucial role in regulating reproductive hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

 

Practices like yoga and meditation have been shown to modulate hormone levels and promote hormonal balance, which is essential for ovulation and fertility.

 

By harnessing the power of the mind-body connection, you can support the optimal functioning of your reproductive system and enhance your chances of conceiving.

 

  • You will put the focus back on enhancing your emotional well-being. 

 

Understanding the mind-body connection involves recognizing the impact of your emotions on your physical health. 

 

Fertility struggles will often lead you to feelings of frustration, sadness, and isolation, which can further exacerbate stress levels and affect fertility. 

 

But when you learn how to manage your emotions, let go of other’s expectations, establish boundaries and regularly practice self-care/self-compassion you can cultivate emotional well-being and resilience – which changes your brain chemistry!

 

So what can you do to help your body get pregnant starting today? 

 

Let’s talk about… 

 

5 ways you can help your body feel safe to get pregnant 

 

So many of us are trying so hard to be perfect on our journeys and sometimes that is exactly what causes more stress in our lives than necessary. 

 

Being able to give yourself grace and being gentle with yourself on your TTC journey can make a really big difference in how your brain perceives what is going on.  

 

Remember there is no “perfect” path to follow when it comes to getting pregnant. 

 

And if you are ready to start helping your body feel safe to get pregnant start here – 

 

  1. Put the focus on reducing your stress levels 

 

Start regularly engaging in stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or tai chi to lower your stress hormones like cortisol and promote a sense of calmness and relaxation.

 

In my practice, we focus specifically on MBSR techniques like a body scan meditation that helps to change your brain’s threshold to activate the stress response! 

 

  1. Create a Supportive Environment for Yourself

 

I encourage you to surround yourself with supportive and understanding family members and friends who can provide emotional support throughout your fertility journey.

 

Share your feelings and concerns with your partner, family members, friends, or a support group. Feeling supported and validated can help alleviate stress and anxiety, making your body feel safer to conceive.

 

I talk a lot with my clients about having “containers” of people in their lives and making sure that they have a container of people in their lives that they feel comfortable talking with about their struggles.

 

This is why I  create community platforms for my group programs so women can be surrounded by other TTC’ers who just get it. 

 

  1. Prioritize Your Self-Care

 

This is a huge part of my work with my clients.

 

I want you to take time to prioritize self-care and nurture your physical and emotional well-being. 

 

Set aside time in your calendar every week (or day if possible) to engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as taking leisurely walks, indulging in hobbies, getting regular massages, or practicing self-compassion.

 

By prioritizing self-care, you signal to your body that it is safe to relax and focus on reproductive health.

 

  1. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

 

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can create a supportive environment for conception.

 

I want you to put the focus on eating a balanced diet rich in fertility-boosting nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. 

 

Speaking of eating and creating a balanced diet did you know I have a boosting ovulation meal plate guide? 

 

It can be so confusing to put together all the info on the internet on how to eat to support your fertility. 

 

This guide will help you learn how to eat for ovulation, including foods to support fertility, and how to put them together to make it all work for your benefit! Download your free guide here. 

 

Also if you’re looking for more information about how what you eat is directly influencing your ovulation read this blog post for everything you need to know!

 

  1. Consider Professional Support

 

If you’re experiencing challenges with fertility, seeking guidance from a fertility specialist is one of the best things you can do. 

 

We assess your reproductive health, identify any underlying issues, and recommend appropriate interventions. 

 

Knowing that you have expert support and guidance can alleviate anxiety and instill confidence in your body’s ability to conceive.

 

Working with a fertility specialist means that you can get the answers you’re not finding right now, that you will know how to optimize your fertility, and you will have the help you need to pregnant without feeling overwhelmed.

 

If you’re curious to learn more about what that would look like I invite you to check out my 1:1 coaching! 

 

However, if you’re not ready to work with a professional but you still want expert advice and guidance this is one of the main reasons that I created the Advanced Ovulation Academy. 

 

 

The Advanced Ovulation Academy will teach you how to give your body exactly what it’s missing so it can feel confident in getting pregnant!

 

Go here to learn more about the Advanced Ovulation Academy! 

 

Ovulating on time, consistently & robustly sets the stage for everything to follow including proper implantation, embryonic development, and hormone production through the first trimester (we need to give the corpus luteum the credit it deserves!!!)

 

My clients come to me knowing they need to ovulate consistently but they think that in order to achieve this they need to restrict certain foods or try out medication when that’s simply not the case. 

 

I’m going to help you get pregnant by being fully nourished and fertile. 

 

This course will have everything you need from covering… 

 

  • Learning how to put the focus on YOU. We are going to get you to a place where your body recognizes this and identifies there’s enough space in your life to care for you AND grow a baby.

 

  • Getting to know your cycle, for real this time! Learn how everything works and how it relates to you getting pregnant, how to know if and when you’re ovulating, and what the major factors are contributing to poor ovulation.

 

  • Learn how to eat to support regular ovulation, foods that are important to include in your diet, and how to prioritize the 4 Pillars of Balancing Fertility. 

 

  • Finding the right supplements to optimize ovulation, picking out the right testing for you, and what to do when you’re still not pregnant.

 

This is for you if – 

 

  • You are fully committed to supporting your body to get pregnant

 

  • You are ready to make changes to how you eat for the rest of your cycling days

 

  • You are ready to get serious about how your lifestyle is affecting your ability to conceive

 

  • You desire to be pregnant but know that your state of health & fertility comes first

 

I know you want to feel confident in ovulation every cycle and know you are making the right changes to help you get pregnant without it taking over your every thought process.

 

So strap on your heels babe, I’m about to take you on a journey to advanced ovulation in a way you never thought was possible: through BALANCE and LOVE.

 

Go here to learn more about the Advanced Ovulation Academy! 

 

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