What if there was a way to systematically approach your time to optimize your biological chemistry and leave you feeling accomplished both mentally and physically? When it comes to goal setting and TTC sometimes the best bet is to focus on overall health and wellbeing and see what positive fertility impact follows. Here’s a step-by-step guide for making personal milestones and how those tasks, once achieved, can act as the catalyst for a rewarding life, before and even after an eventual pregnancy.
Goals and the Effect They Have on Your Body
When setting out to achieve a certain set of goals or criteria, we often neglect the physical role that accomplishment has on the body. Sure, there are many pieces of data that illustrate how important it is to complete our to-do list, mostly from a dopamine and chemical level. But what can those same milestones, once achieved, do to revolutionize our body and increase the likelihood we can conceive a child?
For starters, the act of completing something that we set out to do, or previously planned into our schedule, can have a drastic ability to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. Stress is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest killers of fertility in women regardless of their age. Studies have shown that when a woman is stressed in her life, both personal and in her career, it can reduce the odds of her conceiving by a drastic margin. By having a positive attitude and regularly knocking off things from our responsibility list, we can reduce the amount of anxiety we experience and lower the amount of stress in given situations.
Furthermore doing what we say we’re going to do, (i.e. becoming a non-procrastinator), and competing against others has been shown to slightly increase testosterone levels in women. Before you worry about becoming too masculine due to these testosterone levels, it’s important to note the role that testosterone plays in the ability to become pregnant. Testosterone, just like in men, elevates sexual appetite and increases the amount of time that we want to be romantic with our partner. From a logical standpoint, this increases our odds at conceiving a baby and becoming pregnant in the months to come. Who would’ve thought tackling our goals would provide so much?
Habitual Self Love and Care
Many men and women, throughout their hectic lives and never-ending work schedules, find themselves neglecting personal care and treatment as their days increase in complexity and responsibility. If you’re reading along, ask yourself this: when was the last time you had a day for yourself? If you’re like most of us, even on your days off you find a few minutes to squeeze in work and various errands. Failure to take care of our internal and external mechanisms can change our biological makeup and our ability to birth new life in our upcoming years. When you think of taking a day to rest or recover from a busy, chaotic schedule, think of it as an investment for your future family.
The best way to start any self-care routine is by looking at the bedroom. Scientists and healthcare physicians now believe that roughly 1/3 of our lives are spent in slumber. Our ability, our inability in some instances, to get a good night’s rest can have drastic repercussions on our health, and more importantly, our fertility. After a night of restful and restorative sleep, our body produces certain hormones and chemicals that are responsible for our body’s ability to repair and grow stronger. One such chemical, Luteinizing, is responsible for regulation of your menstrual cycle and ability to become pregnant. When you go for extended periods of time without an adequate sleep schedule, you reduce the amount of Luteinizing in your system and thus reduce your odds at starting a family.
Although there are numerous factors that tie into our ability to create life, our habits and completed tasks are closely related. For those women and families out there looking to expand their love, take a close inspection at the regular tasks and routines that you follow on any given day. Are you making sure that your health, and the people around you, are aligned with your fertility goals?