Thursday, August 6, 2009

Myth: Just relax and you'll get pregnant

If you haven't had anyone pass along this little gem yet, consider yourself blessed. It's one of most pervasive fertility myths out there. Although it's true that a lot of stress can cause your reproductive system to shut down (it's part of the "fight or flight" survival mechanism we all possess), there's no firm evidence that moderate amounts of stress (that is, the running-to-the-bathroom-to-see-if-you're-pregnant-yet kind of stress) affects your chances of conceiving.

Of course, this implies that only totally relaxed would-be-mamas can count on hitting the reproductive jackpot——something that would dramatically reduce the number of babies born each year. So this is one conception worry you can, well, relax about!

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