Why Has Baby-Making Become So Damn Difficult?

I'm sure you’ve heard the statistic: 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. It’s pretty dismal...and it’s getting worse. But why?

Because we are maladapted to survive and procreate in our current environment.

As a society, we are simultaneously the "healthiest” that we’ve ever been (e.g., lowest infant mortality rate, fewest communicable diseases, longest lifespan) and yet the most unwell. Today, we have the highest incidence of chronic disease than ever before in our history.

We are living in an environment that has drastically changed over the last century:

The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000 years

23,000 new chemicals have been created since 1976

Stress has increased ~20% on average from 1983 to 2009

We are eating less real food and more food-like substances.

We are inundated with more chemicals than our body knows what to do with.

We are more stressed and stretched than ever before.

Oh yeah, and we are also more sedentary and more socially isolated than previous generations.

Our bodies were designed to procreate in peak conditions; today’s environment is a far cry from those peak conditions.

When our body is deficient in key nutrients (especially nutrients needed to nurture a pregnancy), it shuts down reproductive function.

When our body is stressed (especially if it thinks our environment is unsafe), it shuts down reproductive function.

When our body is toxic (especially if these toxins could poison a growing baby), it shuts down reproductive function.

Our body is so very wise. As disappointing as this may be to hear, if you are having trouble getting pregnant, it’s because your body believes that it’s not a safe or stable environment to bring a baby into the world.

Okay, enough doom and gloom for now.

In addition to being very wise, our bodies are incredibly resilient. Once you identify what’s making you unwell (whether it be toxic food or home care products or relationships), your body can repair itself. It may take time and it may take some detective work, but it’s absolutely possible. Your body is designed to procreate - you just need to convince your body that it’s safe to do so.