If you are trying for a baby, and things are simply not going to plan, then you most likely will do anything to get things going.
Male and female fertility depend on a number of factors including the right balance of hormones. Some environmental factors will impact the hormone levels in your body and can make a difference in your fertility. While some of the factors affecting fertility cannot be adjusted, it is possible to change a few minor things to help you.
Before scheduling an appointment with an IVF specialist, consider increasing your chances of conceiving with these lifestyle changes. It just might be the thing you need to increase fertility and conceive naturally.
1. Stop smoking.
If you are a smoker and trying to get pregnant, then now is the right time to quit. You shouldn’t wait until you have already conceived and received that pink line. Smoking can disrupt egg maturation, follicle development and ovulation rates. While it can be hard to quit, it can make the difference when trying to fall pregnant. Smoking in men can also impact fertility rates so make a pact to quit together.
2. Stop drinking alcohol and caffeine intake.
Again, many mummies-to-be will wait until they know they are pregnant to stop enjoying their favourite alcoholic beverage but alcohol can also decrease your chances of successfully conceiving. So, as soon as you start trying, reduce your alcohol intake. High levels of alcohol consumption can increase the risk of ovulation dysfunction as well as abnormal development of the endometrial lining. Drinking high levels of alcohol can also drop sperm count in your man, so ditch the drinks.
You should also look into eliminating your caffeine intake by cutting back on soft drinks and coffee. Try herbal tea instead.
3. Add some greens to your diet.
There are all sorts of expensive super foods and super vitamins that claim to promise you will conceive naturally. While some women swear they work, others are not too sure. Before you spend your expected baby bonus on vitamins and herbs promised to deliver a baby, try the simple solution first. Add some good ol’ fashioned fruits, veggies and legumes as well as dairy and low fat meats into your diet. It can pay to go organic if you can afford the extra costs each week.
Trans-fats have been known to impact fertility including processed cereals, pastries, pies, chips, cakes and other good stuff. Furthermore, while fish is great for fertility and during pregnancy, choose smaller fish with lower levels of mercury such as sardines and tuna.
4. Reduce stress.
This one is easier said than done but stress really does impact your fertility and your chances of conceiving. So make a few minor lifestyle changes to help – go to bed a half an hour earlier each night; try to go for a 20-minute walk around the block every day; and look into other ways to reduce your stress without harming your body.
5. Stay away from harmful chemicals.
You’ve probably heard it all before but certain chemicals can really impact your health including your risk of conceiving. So, now is the time to switch to all-natural and low-toxin products. This includes cleaning products, make up, shampoos and even soaps. Look into natural solutions for cleaning and pest control. Baking soda, white vinegar and lemon all do wonders in the cleaning department while citrus and cloves are great for pest control.