Knitting and your fertility…

120px-Flat_knittingWhy am I writing a blog post about knitting? Well, yesterday I went to a session run by Wool and the Gang at the Royal Festival Hall with my friend Jane to knit a bag. I am not a good knitter, but I do find it oddly relaxing and it was very satisfying to watch my bag grow as we sat chatting. We were talking about the benefits of  knitting and I learnt that it is apparently sometimes known as the “new yoga” because it is so good for you and that there have been research studies showing what a calming effect it can have.

This paper published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy found “a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy” and concluded that knitting has “significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to wellbeing and quality of life”.

Could knitting help with fertility?

When you’re trying to conceive, there are all kinds of people keen to sell you all kinds of relaxation therapies and treatments – but maybe there’s a far more simple way to help yourself feel calmer during a treatment cycle. If knitting really does have the benefits that research suggests, it’s ideal for IVF/ICSI. It’s not expensive, it’s creative and you can take it with you anywhere – all that sitting around in the clinic waiting room won’t seem as annoying if you’re making progress on a jumper at the same time…

I know it might sound a bit granny-ish but apparently Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne and Lily Allen are all knitters so you’ll be in glamorous company. Of course, knitting isn’t going to get you pregnant, but it might just help you feel more relaxed during your treatment cycle which can only ever be a good thing.

Maybe we should start knitting at some of our fertility groups and see how well it works…

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