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If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for some time now, you may be wondering what the deal is. While most cases of infertility are related to medical issues, recent studies have shown that stress can play a huge role in your body’s inability to reproduce. If you’ve been spending your days and evenings stressing out, here are 5 reasons why you may want to slow down and take a few deep breaths.

You’re doubling your risk: Finding yourself in a constant frenzy can actually double your risk of infertility.  When your body responds to stress, your enzyme alpha-amylase levels elevate, causing major issues with reproduction. (via The Chicago Tribune)

You’re doubling your time: Even if your stress levels aren’t causing you to become infertile, they could still be making the time is takes for you to become pregnant much longer. For men, high stress levels can effect the quality of semen, and for women, stress can cause anxiety and depression often leading to a lack of desire to even try to reproduce. (via The Chicago Tribune)

The more you stress, the less healthy you are: In order to conceive, it’s important to be healthy. Unfortunately, experiencing high levels of stress can have a very negative impact on your overall health leading to high blood pressure, high cortisol levels and increased anxiety. All of which can act like a stop sign for reproduction. (via Health US News)

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Negative attitude leads to negative results: It may sound crazy, but stress can actually cause you to think your way into infertility. When we are stressed, everything from the words we use to our body language is both negative and defensive. When you put your mind and body in such a negative state, you leave little room for life to grow. (via Health US News)

You’re stressing your way into exhaustion: Stress can completely drain your body of all energy. From the energy it takes to workout or be with friends, to the energy it takes to make love, when you are stressed you partially shut down from life. When this happens, you immediately begin to live a toxic lifestyle, and this lifestyle can impact your body’s ability to prepare for a child. (via Health US News)

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So if you’ve been struggling to bring a little bundle of joy into this world, remember to try not to stress. Whether you need to add a few yoga classes to your workout schedule, take 15 minutes every morning to meditate or simply need to speak to a counselor about personal issues, do whatever you can to ease the stress.