One thing is true when it comes to meditation and other stress reduction and mind body techniques: they help to get you into the moment and in doing so, out of your head. And as you know, stress is one of the most challenging obstacles a person can face when it comes to overall health and well being. Now, a recent study is claiming that stress can have a profound effect on a woman’s ability to bear children.
In this recent NY Times post, Tara Parker-Pope discuss a new report published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. In it, researchers are raising questions about how stress can affect instances of infertility. According to Parker-Pope, the research project studied how relaxation techniques helped to make a woman’s body more hospitable for pregnancy.
“It’s not that it’s all in your mind,’’ Dr. Domar said. “If you’re really stressed out and depressed, the body seems to sense that’s not a good time to get pregnant. There’s something about practicing relaxation techniques or being with other women who understand what you’re going through, probably a combination of everything, that makes a difference. It isn’t just about relaxing.”
The mind-body program includes an exercise called “cognitive restructuring,” in which women are asked to share recurring negative thoughts. Common thoughts include “I’m never going to be happy unless I have a baby,’’ or “It’s my fault for waiting too long.”
Read more on using relaxation techniques like meditation and cognitive restructuring to promote fertility here.