Can the way a person was parented affect their fertility pregnancy?

Can the way a person was parented affect their fertility pregnancy?

The majority of people were parented in a way that would not affect their own chances of becoming parents. However, it can happen that some people have or had difficult relationships with one or both parents and this could subconsciously be affecting their chances of getting pregnant. For example, I have seen clients who are no longer on speaking terms with their parents, or who feel constantly undermined by one or both of them; if their parents divorced this can also lead to a psychological blockage at the idea of becoming a parent. On a similarly anecdotal level, but one which I feel is also significant, a lot of the women I see who were adopted seem to think

that they will be unable to have their own child and will end up adopting. If there is no medical foundation for their belief, these women need to consult a professional who can help them to see beyond their anxieties before they start to dominate their emotions and hinder their chances of conceiving.

It may be that your situation is not dissimilar to one of those described above, in which case it is worth considering whether this could be affecting you in ways that you had not previously understood. If this is the case, you need to seek professional help with a suitably trained counsellor or psychotherapist to help clarify some of the issues you might have surrounding parenting. But I always tell clients that they shouldn’t have to dig too deep to find the reasons.

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