Simple lifestyle changes can give your fertility and chances of falling pregnant a major boost!
For some women, falling pregnant comes effortlessly but others spend months or years tryiny to concieve. Why, you may ask, experts say it can be caused by a number of factors, like when your mother went through menopause and how regular your cycles are, but these factors do not tell them everything, most of it depends on the individual. With all that out of the way, we would like to share with you ways you and your partner can increase chances of getting pregnant with introducing a few changes to your lifestyle.
Down With Your Soda Addiction
A study co-authored by Lauren Wise indicated that women who drink two or more servings of any type of soda a day have about a 16% lower fertility rate than women who don’t drink any.
Soak In Some Sunshine
Sunlight boosts fertility in both women and men by increasing levels of Vitamin D which increases levels of the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen, which regulate periods and make conception more likely. It also boosts sperm count.
Go To Bed Early
Research has shown that women undergoing IVF treatments get the best results when they get seven or eight hours of sleep a night.
Eat More Dairy
One serving of full fat dairy a day reduces the risk of infertility by more than a quarter. Dairy fat helps ovaries work well.
Top Up On Vitamins
Research shows that taking a daily prenatal vitamin that contains key nutrients for conception like folic acid, Vitamin B12 and selenium could double chances of pregnancy.
Imporve Your Oral Health
Did you know that gum disease can add two extra months to the amount of time it takes to become pregnant? Well now you know! Do all you can to keep your mouth clean, that means brush, floss and rinse!
Break the Smoking Habit
Male smokers are more likely to be impotent and have a lower sperm count while female smokers have a 30% lower fertility rate than non-smokers. Smoking can also prevent embryo implantation in the uterus, so do yourself a favour and kick the habit.
Exercise, Just Not Too Much
Thin women who work out vigorously for five hours a week or more are less likely to get pregnant than women who don’t exercise strenuously.
Know Your Ovulation Cycle
The best time to have sex if you’re trying for a baby is when you’re most fertile. In an average of 28-day cycle, it usually falls between day 10 and day 17.
Sex keeps sperm healthy, its quality fails if it’s retained in the body for more than three days, so get your partner and start working!
By Thina Mthembu