I Can working too hard affect fertility pregnancy?
I see many couples who work very long hours and are permanently exhausted and under considerable strain as a result. As explained earlier in this step, poor sleep, excessive production of stress hormones, lack of exercise (caused by wrorking very long hours), and poor diet are all detrimental to fertility. So I have no doubt that work can also affect a couple’s chances of having a baby, depending on the pressure they are under.
One study showed that women under stress at work had shorter cycles. Their follicular phase was shorter (36), so ovulation was occurring earlier and couples were often not having sex early enough in the cycle to conceive.
If work dominates your life – you don’t take all your holidays, work long hours and at weekends, and make work-related phone calls or check e-mails at home – you need to rethink your work-life balance (92).
How can I make up my mind whether or not to change my job pregnancy?
If you think your job is damaging your health and therefore your chances of conceiving, you need to take stock and see what options are open to you. Ask yourself some of the following questions: