The Mind-Body Connection
Imagine someone you find really attractive is caressing and kissing you, you might start to notice a warmth or tingling sensation in your body…..
So now that I have your attention, and without getting all hot and heavy, this is an example of how our mind and body is in constant communication. Every thought you have, creates a chemical change in the body. Another example is when something scares us and you feel your ‘stomach drop’.
Again, this is where our brain detects a threat (or a perceived threat) to our survival, so our bodies go in to ‘survival mode’ bringing about what is known as our ‘fight or flight response’
And our fight or flight response is that inbuilt response that creates a set of changes in our bodies to give us the best chance of either staying and fighting or fleeing the situation.
What are these changes in our body?
Once our fight/flight response is triggered;
- our heart starts pumping like crazy to send oxygen-enriched blood to the arm and leg muscles
- our breathing becomes fast and shallow
- our blood pressure goes through the roof
- stress hormones saturate the bloodstream like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol
- our muscles tense up and our non-vital systems such as immune, digestive and reproductive systems temporarily shut down – to allow ourselves the best chance of survival.
What happens to our body with the prolonged stress of infertility?
When it comes to the prolonged stress we experience during infertility and treatment, those intense feelings and emotions month after month, affect our body and our health. We probably don’t experience the full adrenaline rush of our fight/flight response being triggered, but the research shows we are in a constant state of heightened stress. We most likely experience muscle tension and the constant circulation of stress hormones. This can somewhat suppress our non-vital systems, including the reproductive system.
Have you ever noticed when you are waiting for your period to arrive so you can start some sort of treatment, like an IVF cycle…..and it doesn’t arrive on the day you expect? This happened to me several times. If I wasn’t doing any treatment, my period would be there like clockwork. It used to drive me crazy!
When we are exposed to this prolonged stress, our body’s natural balance of hormones has been disturbed and it has an effect on our cycle and the rest of our body’s systems.
Becoming more balanced in our thoughts and emotions, can help us feel more in control. Calming our mind and therefore our body, reducing the stress of infertility and treatment, can help give ourselves the best chance for a healthy pregnancy.
How do we keep calm during infertility and treatment?
Well, this is where I come in. My name is Donna Barnekow and I’m a Midwife who experienced years of infertility and many IVF cycles. This lead me to do further research and study to create The Conceiving Mind.
The Conceiving Mind has 2 approaches to help with learning what to expect during infertility and treatment, giving you a sense of control and some support during every step of the way. These include:
- A Face to Face Program held in Melbourne with a small supportive group of women, tailored for IVF. It is ran over 2 evening sessions of 2.5 hours.
The program includes a 20 minute phone consultation with me, a workbook and six MP3 tracks, all tailored to work alongside your IVF cycle. It costs $385.oo.
- An At-Home Package consisting of an Ebook and three MP3s which can be used for a natural cycle, OI, IUI or IVF. The package costs $39.99
Both of my approaches give you the science and research behind The Conceiving Mind, practical tips and techniques to use throughout your cycle, the 2-week wait and early pregnancy.
If you have any questions or you’d like some more information, please get in touch via email.