If you have experienced fertility problems in the past, the run up to Christmas may not be the best time to begin trying again. However, that is mainly due to the added stress most of us would be familiar with during the first three weeks of December. If at all possible, try to take a couple of evenings each week to take a light walk – or run if you’re one of the lucky ones with enough energy – just to escape the ever-looming list of things to be done. An hour to ourselves to recharge can do so much for stress levels. Though overall results are inconclusive, in that the opposite has shown to be be true on a smaller level, many research scientists and experts have shown that Cortisol can have quite a negative impact on a woman\’s ability to conceive.

What Can You Do?
When Christmas can no longer be avoided, and it seems everywhere you turn there’s a bauble or tinsel, you start totting up in your head the ball park figure of the cost of Christmas. What do you get? Stress, that’s what. It’s even worse this year because now you’ve got baby brain too. Stop. Right. There! You are a human woman. You may physically be able to get all the shopping done in one go, the Christmas tree decorated, go to the usual Christmas drinks with work, family and friends all while keeping one eye on your cycle. Before you know it though you’re wound it like an 8 day Clock. Stress is no longer playing a minor, cameo role. No, it’s just got its big break as a major player! You can choose to what’s possible, and give yourself a break. Leave the baby making idea aside for now. Enjoy Christmas.

What Will Happen if You Don’t Run Yourself Ragged?
Well for a start, heightened stress levels won’t help issues relating to fertility at Christmas or any other time of the year so calm down. Your partner, your loved ones and your friends will get the real you. Fun, laughter and love are all the things we want over Christmas. Do yourself a favour, relax. If you have experienced fertility problems in the past, the run up to Christmas may not be the best time to begin trying again.

 

Author Rita Galimberti Femplus Clinic

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