Never did I think I would enter my thirties childless. There was a plan in place: college, career, marriage, meet Sylvester Stallone, write bestselling health books, babies and then my 30th birthday.
As the saying goes, my life hasn’t gone as planned and that’s okay. Fact is, I’m not alone.
In early April of this year, both Time Magazine and The Huffington Post reported that the 2014 U.S. Census shows that an all-time high percentage of American women are childless.
At present, 47.6 percent of women — or nearly half — who are ages 15 to 44 in the United States do not have kids. That is the highest percentage since this stat has been assessed starting in 1976. Looking at my own cohort, 28.9 percent of women 30-34 are childless.
Right now, I’m building my empire, but there is a lot I can do to support my fertility down the road, when I’m ready to build my legacy. Best of all, everything that supports my reproductive health also makes me happier, healthier and fit enough to star as Sylvester Stallone’s daughter in a movie someday.
Fact: Stress kills. It kills quality of life, people, and even chances of reproduction. According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra of the HeartMD Institute, acute stress is behind 75 percent to 95 percent of all visits to primary care providers and the leading cause of sudden death.
Stress wreaks havoc on the every single system in the human body. It negatively affects sleep and messes with hormones. What messes with sleep and hormones, messes with fertility.
Stress management techniques include: counseling, meditation, yoga, exercise, sleep, and overall lifestyle changes aimed at improving quality of life.
Cut Back on Caffeine
In addition to helping with stress reduction, limiting caffeine intake can help support fertility.