You have worked hard to build yourself a good career, now it is time to start a family but however hard you try and no matter how many medical options you try, you are still struggling to conceive. Or you are conceiving but are not carrying your baby to term. There is a possibility that your job might be making a healthy conception more difficult. Here are 4 possible reasons why:
1. You are under enormous stress: Some stress is ok even beneficial because it keeps you on your toes and helps you achieve your goals. But when you are constantly trying to make deadlines, studying for professional exams, trying to get that promotion, you might be under constant stress which has been shown to reduce the chances of conception.
2. You are not eating fertility rich foods: Because you are rushing off to work in the morning, you might skip breakfast or pick something in a hurry. You could also be doing that for lunch or eating the lunch provided by your company. Even when you are eating healthy foods, they might not be suitable for a woman trying to conceive. There is such thing as a preconception friendly diet.
3. You are not catching enough sleep: Between the long ride home and the late nights studying and trying to meet up with deadlines, you get less than 7 hours of sleep every day. Sleep not only helps us to relieve stress but inadequate sleep throws our hormones out of sync and cause hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalances make it difficult for women to ovulate and for the newly fertilised egg to implant in the womb.
4. You are worried about your career: You’ve worked very hard to get to where you are at your career and deep down (maybe even subconsciously) you are worried that getting pregnant and having to take time off might jeopardise your progress. While you might not lose your job, you might be side-tracked for promotions and other forms of career progression. Our minds have incredible power over our bodies and even if you are not very aware of this fear, it can still influence your actions on a subconscious level. For instance, you might not fullheartedly do certain things to help you conceive or procrastinate on those things. Because the mind is also very connected to the body, it can also influence your normal fertility functions.
You are called to have both a healthy family and a highly successful career (Gen 1:28). You don’t have to choose one or the other. God wants you to be successful at both! From the 13th – 23th of November, Cherie Mamma is hosting an online 10-day challenge to help women to optimise their career for success in a way that makes conception much easier. It is free. Find out more here!