Women today are multifaceted. Their education and careers are of the utmost importance. For many women, travel and cultural experiences are also a priority.
Eventually, though, many women get married or find a life partner and their thoughts turn to reproduction. This urge to deliver a bundle of joy is embedded in our DNA to facilitate survival of the species. The “baby blues” is a state often brought on by visiting friends and relatives who are pregnant or have babies.
Does Baby Exposure Boost Fertility?
When it comes to fertility, Mother Nature isn’t very concerned about our career or world experience aspirations. She thinks the perfect time to bring a baby into the world is after a few menstrual cycles for women or nocturnal emissions for men.
Obviously, becoming parents at 14 or 15 is frowned upon in our society, but waiting until our 30s brings with it a new set of fertility problems for both men and women. While there are a number of natural approaches to overcome fertility issues some oddities and old wives tales for overcoming infertility for example; is increasing your exposure to babies the answer?
A Boost for Women
The primary cause of infertility in women is eggs not being released from the ovaries. These eggs are often referred to as “old eggs” and if they don’t make it downstream, fertilization will not take place, no matter how virile your partner. You don’t need to be in your 40s to experience old eggs. Women in their 30s—especially with hectic schedules and high-pressure jobs—are often victims of this condition.
We have all heard stories about couples who go through years of temperature taking, chart making, fertility counseling and more, to finally give up and either adopt or invest thousands for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Often, the next chapter of this family saga is that after Mom and Dad adopt their new bundle or have refinanced their house for IVF, they find themselves with baby number two or sometimes even babies two and three on the way a few months later.
Some would suggest that being around babies jump-starts the hormonal process and boosts fertility, though there is no hardcore scientific research supporting this theory.
Spending time with your friend or sister and her newborn may or may not impact fertility, but women do have a way of picking up on each other’s hormones. Many women report living or working with other women of childbearing age and find themselves on the same menstrual cycle after a couple of months.
A Boost for Men
Men have always been wired to be the providers, so they don’t quite have the “baby blues” at the same level as their female counterparts, though observing their partner holding a newborn may indeed spark some parenting interest.
Many men have heard to wear boxers instead of briefs when it comes to encouraging men’s fertility, but men face other challenges as well. Technology in the way of cell phones and laptops have been shown to decrease sperm count. While relaxation is fundamentally good, spending too much time in a sauna or hot tub also hurts sperm production.
Research indicates that fertile women are less stressed than infertile women. The jury is still out on whether stress causes infertility or infertility brings on anxiety, but stress is certainly not helping the situation. This discussion of stress brings us back to the couple with the IVF or an adopted baby who suddenly find themselves pregnant. Finally having their new infant on the scene is sure to bring on exhaustion, but also a huge sigh of relief that the process is over.
Regardless of whether or not you are trying to boost fertility, it is never a bad idea to employ stress reduction techniques into your routine. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing and just time to forget about your rigorous routine are all ways to alleviate stress.
Other Considerations Before Conceiving
Babies bring on physical, emotional and financial challenges. Both potential parents will want to address these considerations before conceiving. Women should watch caffeine and alcohol consumption, eat a healthy diet, strive for an ideal weight and take supplements such as folic acid and vitamin A.
Of course, there are conditions that make conception impossible, but promising research continues for those running out of time on their biological clock.