Trying to get pregnant is an exciting time. Your entire life is about to change when baby arrives. Yet this time can also feel extremely scary and frustrating too – especially if you’re finding it difficult to conceive. Find out a few ways to ensure your body is ready for baby. Since these offenders affect both men and women, both partners should be careful when partaking in these activities.
One of the biggest causes of infertility is obesity and being underweight. Women with an unhealthy BMI are more likely to experience issues with infertility. If you’re overweight, your body cannot absorb the proper nutrients it needs to become pregnant. Similarly, if you’re underweight, you’re not taking in the proper nutrients. Women who are overweight and underweight also do not take to IVF treatments as successfully as women who maintain a healthy BMI. Men also need to be aware of their eating habits as many infertility issues are linked to healthy BMIs in men too. The bottom line? Make sure you and your partner are prepping your bodies for baby, and your likelihood of conception will increase.
Move Around – Just Not Too Much
Exercise not only helps keep off the extra pounds and builds muscle, but it can also help maintain a healthy BMI. Yet too much exercise can also be a bad thing. Women who hit the gym every day can actually create an unhealthy condition for conception. Many women who work out this much can negatively affect their menstrual cycles and negatively affect their hormones. To ensure your body stays healthy, take a brisk walk for 20 minutes a day and no more than three times a week. Men should also limit exercise to three times a week and nix strenuous exercises to ensure a high sperm count.
Say Goodbye to Coffee
High amounts of caffeine are linked to infertility, so try to limit your caffeine consumption to less than 50 milligrams per day. This means that you need to look at the caffeine content in all of your foods because not just coffee contains caffeine. Chocolate, sodas and ice cream can all contain caffeine too. It’s also important to look at the caffeine content of your coffee; a lot of coffee contain extremely high amounts of caffeine. Double check the number before partaking. Since caffeine can also affect the sperm counts in males, even men need to watch their caffeine intake while trying to get pregnant.
Give Up the Wine
Give up the wine, and all other alcohol. Drinking to excess can lead to infertility in both men and women. Try to limit your alcohol consumption to only one drink a day, and try to cut alcohol from your diet altogether if possible. The less you drink, the more likely your body will be able to conceive and the easier IVF will take. Men should also limit alcohol consumption as alcohol can affect sperm counts. Many couples find that consuming one drink a day can help reduce stress and make their bodies more susceptible to pregnancy. Try not to go overboard.
Nicotine is also one of the biggest offenders of infertility. It’s important to abstain from all nicotine products while trying to get pregnant. This means that you should not smoke cigarettes, chew snuff or use a nicotine patch during this time. Men should also abstain from nicotine since the drug has been known to decrease sperm counts too. Electronic cigarettes should not be used as a substitute either; while there isn’t a lot of data regarding electronic cigarettes, they are suspected to be linked to infertility.
Cut Out Recreational Drugs
There’s not a lot of ‘hard data’ on how recreational drugs affect fertility in both men and women; yet, both men and women who partake in recreational drugs have been known to experience higher fertility issues than people who abstain. Men experience problems with premature ejaculation when smoking large quantities of marijuana; women find difficulties conceiving and responding positively to IVF treatments. To ensure your body has the optimal conditions for pregnancy, steer clear of all types of recreational drugs including marijuana. Talk to your doctor to make sure your prescription medications are not causing infertility either.
Turn Off Electronics
While the link between electronics and infertility hasn’t been proven, many men and women experience higher levels of infertility during increased cell phone usage times. Many scientists and doctors believe there is a link between the electromagnetic radiation emitted by your cellphone and other electronics and infertility. These electronics can have a negative effect on reproductive organs including female organs like the ovaries and uterus. These electronics can also have a negative effect on male reproductive organs like the testicles and sperm counts. Keep your electronics away from your pockets and areas that have direct contact with your reproductive organs.
Getting pregnant doesn’t need to be such a stressful affair. Make small changes to your daily habits to ensure your bodies are in prime condition to create a life. Some of these tips are probably not a huge surprise to most parents-to-be; yet, some of these tips might come as a surprise. One of the biggest concerns during conception and IVF is stress, so above all: Don’t over think it. Try to remove as much stress from your life as possible, and everything else will fall into place.