If you’re struggling to conceive, simple lifestyle changes can help improve your chances. Creating the healthiest environment for conception and pregnancy is the ultimate goal.
Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and choosing to eat the right foods is a great key to fertility. In addition to diet, lifestyle choices have a major input in optimising your fertility.
Here is a list we’ve put together of lifestyle changes and dietary choices to optimise your fertility.
1. Healthy Diet
Adopting a healthy diet is one of the best life changes you can make to improve fertility. While there’s no specific ‘fertility diet’ to follow, there are suggestions that can help you improve your diet for fertility.
Consuming animal products may cause obesity as well as a range of other health issues. Eating a plant based diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of other diseases while supplying the body with all the important nutrients that we need. Eating a well planned plant based diet promotes overall health and therefore may improve fertility.
Add fibre to your meals and reduce your carbs and sugar intake. Try to avoid trans-fats which are associated with a high risk of infertility. Soy is also good for female fertility. It is advised to reduce your caffeine consumption to no more than two cups a day, the less the better. Make sure to avoid highly processed foods and hydrogenated oils. Include beans in your diet and eat dark leafy greens to improve ovulation and make healthy sperms.
2. Prenatal Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins or multivitamins are formulated to provide your body with nutrients needed for optimal hormone function, egg development and fetal development. They contain folate, Vitamins A and D, iron, B6 and B12. These are key components of a healthy pregnancy.
Eating healthy and exercising go well together for good health and well-being. A woman’s body weight is linked to the potential of infertility. Moderate exercise can reduce your risk of infertility and improve sperm quality. The sperm quality is significant in ensuring conception. Make sure that the exercise is not extreme as it increases the risk of infertility.
4. Stop Smoking
Smoking increases your chance for infertility greatly. It is known to reduce the viability of your healthy eggs and even cause menopause earlier. It also increases your risk for a miscarriage and causes birth defects.
5. Avoid Excessive Alcohol Intake
Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol reduces your fertility. It affects conception and implantation—and the impact is on both men and women.
While it doesn’t prevent pregnancy, it can lead to certain behaviours that affect your ability to conceive. To relieve stress try acupuncture, yoga, meditation and other mind-body therapies.
7. Oral Health
Gum disease, cavities and periodontitis affect your fertility. These bacterial infections may negatively affect the success of some fertility treatments. Make sure you maintain oral health to prevent infections from interfering with your fertility treatments.
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