It’s simply a fact. Chronic, unmanaged stress impacts EVERY aspect of health in a negative way. Perhaps nobody hears “just relax” more than the infertile couple, particularly the female partner who is having difficulty conceiving.
Women are not the only ones who need to get their body ready for conception. Men face their own challenges in both becoming fathers and in maintaining their health throughout the early years of parenthood, especially if they are older at the time of conception.
The biological clock is a delicate subject for most. I found this out the hard way when I was in the early stages of launching my website eggsperience.com to help women educate themselves about their fertility at a younger age.
After training for 15 years to become a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, I found myself 34 with no prospects for a long-term relationship and one year away from being the dreaded “advanced maternal age” — that age for a woman when her risk of having a baby with genetic abnormalities (i.e. Down syndrome) starts to increase.
Pregnancy is not a disease, but it is a time of increased physiological stress requiring optimal wellness. As older moms we run the risk of accumulated health problems.