I recently read an article on Parenting.com with 10 reasons you’re not getting pregnant. I had read so many things on how TO get pregnant while trying but not much about why I wasn’t having any success.
Looking back, here are 5 things I think may have contributed to my infertility issues:
1 – Stress. My job was super stressful and the emotional rollercoaster we were on as we tried to get pregnant was taking a toll on me. I made a tough decision at work to step down from a position (which lessened my stress) and we stopped tracking and obsessively trying to make a baby.
2 – Caffeine consumption. I used to drink way too much Mountain Dew. Who knows how all that sugar and caffeine was affecting my system?
3 – Being overweight/unhealthy. These factors can certainly disrupt your menstrual cycle. I was yo-yoing up and down as I struggled to shed pounds. I also started eating better. I’m still overweight, but I eat better and exercise more regularly unlike before. Heck, I barely ate more than one meal a day back then. I skipped breakfast and often worked through lunch. Meals I did have were all too often fast food.
4 – Smoking. I finally kicked the habit for good when I found out there was a bun in the oven.
5 – Irregular ovulation. This made it hard to figure out when to try since I had no clue when I was ovulating.
I don’t think any one of these things caused my infertility by itself, but I think the combination added to our struggles. If I knew then what I know now – I would have addressed these factors better.
Have you struggled to get pregnant? Do you think any of these things contributed to that?