Making healthy lifestyle changes now could optimize your ability to conceive and promote natural fertility.
When you are trying to conceive, there are lifestyle changes that Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates recommends to help you optimize natural fertility. For some patients, simply changing certain habits and timing intercourse more carefully can lead to conception. If nothing else, these changes will lead any woman to better health.
In addition to promoting natural fertility, the healthy changes you make now will help prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.
For natural fertility, eliminate risky behaviors, such as smoking.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to give up smoking. According to studies, smoking raises your risk of infertility by up to 66%, and your chance of miscarriage by 70%. Of course, smoking during pregnancy is very unhealthy for your baby, so the time to kick the habit is before conceiving.
In addition, promote natural fertility and good health by limiting alcohol (drinking more than two drinks/day has been shown to negatively impact fertility) and eliminating illegal drugs and/or recreational drugs from your life.
Eat a healthy diet to promote conception and healthy pregnancy.
Studies have shown that a healthy, balanced diet may help improve natural fertility and promote a healthy weight. A good diet will also help prepare your body for pregnancy. Eat whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, as well as foods rich in calcium, folic acid, iron, and Vitamins D and C. In addition, talk to your fertility doctor about taking a multi-vitamin or prenatal vitamin to supplement your healthy diet.
It’s also best to avoid pesticides, too much mercury (which is found in some seafood), and excessive caffeine.
Achieve a healthy weight for a better chance at getting pregnant.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, as many as 12% of infertility cases are caused by women being either under or over their optimal weight. Being under or over weight may cause problems with ovulation, which hinders natural fertility. If you are not at your ideal weight, talk to one of our Dallas fertility doctors about how to achieve your optimal weight, a BMI (body mass index) between 19 and 24.
Exercise is an important part of achieving and/or maintaining your ideal weight and good overall health; however, vigorous exercise has been shown to delay conception. Opt for moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling at a leisurely pace or golfing.
Our Dallas fertility doctors make and keep one simple resolution every year—to help as many people achieve their dream of a family. If you would like to talk to our experienced fertility doctors about natural fertility, contact us at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.