I don’t know about you guys, but I would classify myself as a Type A personality. It’s good news and bad. Type A is a total go-getter, everything they set out to do, they achieve. They are resourceful individuals that make things happen.
The downside though, is that they tend to have naturally high-stress levels and that means high-stress hormone levels, which are not what you need when you’re trying to get pregnant.
If you recognise the following personality traits in your life, then you may need to consider making some lifestyle adjustments to retain balance in your life and your hormones:
- You are super focused and addicted to accomplishing goals
- You have tons of hobbies
- Sometimes you struggle to relax
- You are always multitasking
- You have more to-do lists than you can shake a stick at
- Wasting time feels like a crime
- There’s something in your life that’s organised by colour or in alphabetical order
- Everything feels like a competition
- In your relationships, you can’t just let things happen
- Sometimes you find it hard to take a step back from work
You get the picture……
There’s nothing wrong with making the most of every moment and living life to the full; I’m with you sister!
However, if you’re trying to conceive you may need to recognise that without balancing out your stress hormones you could be inadvertently disrupting your reproductive hormones, thus making your body feel like it isn’t safe to fall pregnant.
Also, ask yourself the question, is there space in your life right now for a baby to fit into? If not, then you may need to make space, and that can be hard for a type A.
Here are my recommendations:
- Make time every day for calming, relaxing activity like Thai Chi, meditation, yoga and deep breathing. There are so many great apps now that can help you with deep breathing; I recommend trying ‘Breath Ball’
- Significantly limit or ideally cut out completely all caffeine, alcohol and sugar from your diet
- Eat smaller more frequent meals to stabilise blood sugar levels
- Get 8 hours of sleep each night
- Chew your food slowly
- Never skip meals
- Take breaks each workday to walk or stretch
- Reduce your workload
- Suppose someone asks of you something; if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a big fat NO. And if you struggle to say no, say let me think about it and get back to you. Then say no later! I give you full permission to not feel guilty about saying no to anything you don’t want to do.
Small things can make a big difference! Let me know how you get on.