Reducing stress

Unsuccessful attempts at conception can be quite stressful. It can be even more infuriating to be faced with well-wishers who ask you to try to relax. The irony, though, is that relaxation and stress-relief may help increase your chances of pregnancy. At Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, our experienced healthcare professionals understand the frustration you may be feeling. To offset this, we recommend some effective ways to reduce stress while trying to conceive, as detailed below:

  • Breathing exercises – It is astounding how simple inhalation and exhalation exercises can reduce stress when you’re trying to get pregnant. Try taking a series of three deep, steady breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Allow your head to rise with each inhalation and drop your chin to your chest with each exhalation to stretch your neck muscles.

  • Practice visualisation techniques – When you feel stress levels mounting, try take a few minutes out to visualise a calming image. These can range from a serene mountain stroll or a beach siesta, depending on what works for you. Mentally linger there, while taking in the sights, sounds and scents, and you may be amazed by the results.

  • Stretching exercises – Make it a habit of doing a few simple stretching exercises every day, involving your arms, legs, neck, and shoulders. These simple exercises can help make you feel supple and light. A simple routine of 15 minutes per day can contribute to reduce stress and aid conception.

  • Cut the noise – In today’s world, it is common to be constantly surrounded by chatter from electronics. These can include televisions, cell phones, tabs or even computers. Disengaging yourself from this unwanted noise can help you experience a sense of calmness.

  • Treat yourself to some aromatherapy – Look for scents that can soothe you such as lavender, sandalwood or lemongrass. You can also buy some essential oils or candles. Find ways to incorporate them into your daily routine, perhaps by using them in a diffuser or add them to your bath, to help you feel rejuvenated.

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