How Cortisol and Progesterone Can Affect the Pregnancy

Progesterone is a huge factor when trying to get pregnant. The body’s progesterone level must stay elevated after conceiving for the pregnancy to be successful. Progesterone is essentially the key to fertility because it is a hormone that is produced in the ovaries and vital to have a positive pregnancy.  A good way to know if your progesterone levels are where they need to be is to chart your cycle. If your basal body temperature rises, then that means your progesterone levels are where they need to be. If the temperature goes back down, then your progesterone level has dropped and either your cycle has ended or a miscarriage has occurred. One of the best ways to track your cycle is to get a fertility tracker. A fertility tracker will help take the stress away when trying to decide when the appropriate time to conceive is. 

When the body is stressed out it produces cortisol to help cope and respond to the stress you are under. Cortisol and progesterone are made from the same ingredients in your body and when stressed, your body will prioritize and make cortisol instead of progesterone. When this happens, your body’s last instinct is to get pregnant and instead it wants to defend itself from any harm that stress can have it on. With everything in today’s world, it is understandable if a person says they are stressed out, especially with bills needing to be paid, having a rough work week, and the added stress of even thinking about getting pregnant. 

Luckily, there are ways to remind your brain that the normal everyday stress you are under isn’t the worst thing in the world and you can manage it. Meditation and yoga are great ways to help calm the body’s natural stress triggers. Yoga also helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is the system that calms the body down by slowing down the heart rate. Meditation can activate the vagus nerve and has cognitive benefits. Essentially, meditation will help slow your mind down and realize what is going on in the present moment, doing that will help regulate your stress and the hormones that go along with it.  

Magnesium is an essential ingredient in cortisol and progesterone and fueling your body with more is great to help your progesterone level, which is lost to cortisol. There are many ways to get magnesium into your system, one of the easiest is taking magnesium supplements but you can find foods that are rich in it, such as, leafy greens, fish, nuts, and seeds. Epsom salt baths can also help your body regain the magnesium it lost. Talking to a professional also helps your stress in numerous ways. A therapist can help locate what the root of your stress really is and give you tools on how to control it. 

With these tips it doesn’t mean that you’re going to automatically get pregnant or that some of the biggest obstacles are out of the way but it also doesn’t mean that it will be impossible to get pregnant if you are stressed out, instead it is a few tools to help calm your nerves and lead your body in the right direction that it needs to be in when you are attempting to conceive.  Take some of these tips into consideration that next time you are feeling overly stress and see which one works the best for you, it may be one or it may be all.