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5 Risk Factors That Could Keep You from Getting Pregnant

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Most women dream of having a family and that includes getting pregnant and having children. But certain risk factors can keep these dreams from coming true for some women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "approximately six percent of married women 15–44 years of age in the United States are unable to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex (infertility) and more than 11 percent of women 15–44 years of age in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status (impaired fecundity)."

While each case of infertility is different, there are some risks that can be managed or controlled if you are trying to get pregnant. For example, the following will increase your risk of infertility:

Excessive Stress

This risk factor played a significant role in many of my friend’s attempts to become pregnant. One woman who is the president of a public relations agency had been trying to become pregnant for more than two years.

After having a heart-to-heart talk with her therapist, she realized her stress level at work was the main obstacle to becoming pregnant. She resigned from her high powered position and began freelancing.

More than 30 days after resigning from her position, she became pregnant. While many of us might not have the luxury of quitting our jobs to become pregnant, managing your level of stress is key. Yoga, exercise or finding a creative outlet can play a role in managing your stress.

But also note, excessive physical stress, like over-exercising, moving, or trauma such as a car accident, can be risk factors against becoming pregnant.

Extreme weight gain or loss

Some women eat their stress while others don’t eat when they become stressed out. Whether you are a stress-eater or a non-eater, it is vital that you learn how to manage your stress. Find a creative outlet or trying something new like a painting, drawing or jewelry making class to manage your stress.

If you are trying to become pregnant, it is important to manage your weight.

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