Did you get pregnant when stressed?

posted 3 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

Yes. I got pregnant while going through a very stressful part of life. It likely makes it harder but it definitely can happen.

Post # 3
4374 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

mrssinger321 :  I went through something similar as you… DH and I had been trying since Decemeber this year. I work full time, I defended my Masters in early July, had my thesis edits pretty much completely done before my fertile window of my 9th cycle in mid-July. At this time, I started acupuncture and yoga for fertility to relax a bit more after everything I went through. I had 3 acupuncture sessions throughout my cycle that really helped me, even though I was busy planning a birthday party for my stepson and getting ready for a yard sale. I turned in my thesis to the school this past Monday. No joke… I got my BFP in the middle of all of that…. This Wednesday. My DH was also inconsistently taking his anxiety meds during my FW, which could have helped with sperm level/quality? I don’t know what to attribute my BFP to, but I’ve heard many stories of women getting their BFP with a full menstrual cycle of acupuncture visits.

Studies have shown that stress doesn’t affect fertility too much… Depression is worse.

I hope you can find some ways to relax in the middle of all of this ❤

Post # 4
8176 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

techinically yes.  when i got pregnant with DS it had taken us 2 years, 2 rounds of clomid, 3 iuis, and 2 ivfs.  i was VERY stressed and convinced it was another failure.


plenty of people get pregnant in times of war and other stressful situations so it is possible.


Post # 6
440 posts
Helper bee

mrssinger321 :  I got pregnant the first time on the first try and it ended in a loss. However, it took another 5 cycles to get pregnant again (currently 25 weeks). I was very stressed when I conceived this pregnancy. I was working full-time (about 60 hours a week), finishing my master’s degree, dealing with a very difficult boss, stressed about TTC and dealing with anxiety from the loss.

It’s not ideal to be stressed constantly since it can change the way your body produces hormones and functions, but I don’t think stress will stop you from conceiving. It can take a healthy couple up to 12 months to conceive naturally. If you are under 35, then that is the norm. If you are over 35, they suggested seeking medical advice after 6 months of trying. 

I know it’s frustrating, but your first pregnancy on the first try was likely just pure luck. Finding ways to lessen stress in your life will be good for your overall health, but I wouldn’t worry that it’s hurting your TTC right now.

Post # 7
1747 posts
Bumble bee

mrssinger321 :  Yes, after rounds of fertility teatment and doing IVF #2 I was VERY stressed. And than entire first trimester, for about 14 weeks I had on and off bleeding, so I was extremly panicky, could not sleep, was in constant state of anxiety. It did not help that mom would make comments “to chill as stress is bad for the baby and can cause pre-term labor. I carried to term, thankfully. I don’t buy the whole “will not get pregnant if stressed BS”. Plenty of people get pregnant while going through fertility treatments (which by nature are very stressful), while having stressful events in life, and what about other countries where people are struggling with hunger, having no where to live, and have many more stressor than we do – they are still able to reproduce.

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