This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.
You may recall when I last discussed the time I knew I was ready to become a mom. What I didn’t mention was that the journey after that was less than easy and rather stressful. Having the discussion and making the decision was the simple part, especially when you’re a little older like we were. For most women the high-stress time comes within the two-week waiting period and can be especially brutal. But before you even get there some other factors come in to play like a man’s stress level and the impact it can have when trying to conceive.
When my husband and I began to try for our first baby, he was thriving at his job. Along with success comes stress though. The first month after taking a test it came up positive. Nervousness and excitement ran through me as I tried to figure out the best way to surprise my husband. Unfortunately a few days later I had what was called a chemical miscarriage. Disappointment and failure were just two of the emotions that coursed through me. While I grieved for something I never really had my husband dealt with the same emotions.
You see, planning a family isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. A person’s health can play a part in fertility though. Some research suggests that stress can create a negative impact on a man’s body so here are a few tips to try when trying to conceive.
Spending more time outdoors has been linked to lower rates of depression and anxiety. Go for a hike, take an evening stroll around the neighborhood, or play a sport.
Spending just a few minutes each morning when you wake up meditating can help relax you for the day ahead.
TAKE A BREAK
TTC can be especially overwhelming and suck the fun out of intimacy. Take a break to get back on track and refocus on your relationship. Sometimes when you give up that’s when conception can happen.
Give each other a massage or go for a couple’s massage. While you’re watching TV at night, reach over and just rub his back or neck. Massaging can relieve the days tension while adding intimacy.
If you’re trying to conceive, have low sperm count or need to control timing in pregnancy try an in-home conception device like Stork OTC. Stork OTC is FDA cleared and available in Target and CVS in the family planning section. The cervical cap technique has a pregnancy rate of up to 20% which is comparable to an IUI of 16-21% while being a fraction of the cost.
So how cervical cap insemination work? The cervical cap is inserted into the cervix in order to bypass the vaginal environment while reducing the risk of sperm loss in the vaginal tract and can be placed for up to 6 hours.
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