When people are stressed, they tend to eat in less than healthy ways. Constant stress has been shown to lead to weight gain, and weight gain and obesity have in turn been linked to fertility problems.
Research has long shown a connection between obesity and infertility in women. Even being slightly overweight may affect fertility. And it's not just women that need to watch the scale. Recent research has shown that obesity can negatively impact male fertility as well, leading to lower sperm counts.
Watching your carbohydrate and junk food intake is also advisable. Research on women dealing with PCOS has shown that a low carb diet may improve their symptoms, even without weight loss. The lower-carb diet led to more regular menses and increased fertility potential.
Can't help but reach for the Doritos when deadlines loom and stress is arising? You may want to read this article from Elizabeth Scott, the Guide to Stress, on how to stop emotional eating. (Maybe I should put down this Twix bar and head on over to that article myself. Hmm.)
If you're skinny and don't need to worry about what you eat, think again. Next, we're going to look at the effect too much dieting can have on getting pregnant.