You and your partner have made the life-changing decision to start trying to get pregnant! That is a huge step that cannot at all be taken lightly. You will have to start making some serious lifestyle changes. Once you have made a decision to bring a baby of your own into the world, it is no longer about you- it's about your baby that you are planning to create! And that starts with ditching bad habits and start new good ones before you even start trying to conceive. Let's take a look at which eight habits to break in order to increase your fertility:
Exercise is crucial in order to help keep your body healthy and your circulation going. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, that will hurt your chances of conceiving because your body needs to move in order to get things moving and circulating. However on the flip side, if you get too much exercise like doing an intense workout for hours each day or running marathons, that will stress your body out as well. Additionally, that will hurt your chances of getting pregnant at the end.
You will want to find a happy medium by taking a brisk walk for a half hour for five days a week which is the right amount of exercise to get in order to help your chances of conceiving. If you are living a sedentary lifestyle, then you need to move more! If you are a workout fanatic, then you need to scale back and slow down.
If you are eating too much sugar which doesn't only mean candy, but refined carb type of foods like white bread, white pasta, white rice, sugary cereals, potato chips and so on then that is hurting your chances of conceiving. The same goes for fast food which is not only loaded with refined carbs but with trans fats which are not at all good for you. If you eat too much sugar and junk food you will keep your blood sugar levels and insulin levels high, and it will prevent you from properly ovulating- and the same thing goes for your partner as he will not produce high-quality swimmers while being on a junk food diet.
You can enjoy a treat which falls into this category once a week but for the rest of the time, stick with foods that are fertility friendly- and eat those foods instead of junk!
You will also need to take folic acid and a prenatal vitamin as well before conceiving!
If you have a BMI that is under 18 but also over 30 (aiming for 25 is better but not essential), then you must make those weight adjustments if you are wanting to get pregnant in the nearer future. If you conceive while you are underweight, then you may be at a higher risk of miscarrying and the same goes if you conceive if you are obese. Being pregnant while you are obese will also increase your odds of experiencing pregnancy complications as well. If you are at either extreme you will also likely struggle with conceiving due to not ovulating regularly.
Therefore, what you will need to do is talk to a dietician or nutritionist that specializes in fertility and have an assessment made to see where your optimal weight is. Being mildly overweight (having a BMI of 26 or 27) is acceptable as well but you will need to be more cautious about your pregnancy weight gain to avoid complications.
If you drink five cups of coffee a day, then you need to stop and only stick to one cup a day and no more than that if you are serious about getting pregnant. Too much caffeine will not only inhibit your chances of conceiving but if you do, it can be detrimental to your unborn baby. Having one cup of coffee a day is safe, so stick with that.
If you are wanting to conceive, you need to stop smoking, drinking or doing drugs now because not only will your fertility be affected but it will harm your unborn baby if you do get pregnant. If you are addicted then you need to get help with breaking your addiction before you even start trying to conceive.
Stress is part of life, and you know it! It cannot be avoided. That means it needs to be better managed or else if you are under a lot of stress, then you will have a difficult time conceiving since fertility is negatively affected due to high levels of stress. Look into meditation, yoga, and be sure to unwind after any kind of day at work whether it was difficult or not by doing an activity that you enjoy.
if you stay up too late and you have to get up for work early in the morning then you are not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep or not getting enough hours of sleep will have a negative impact on your fertility. Therefore, it is time to get into a better sleep habit and that starts with going to bed early instead of staying up late.
This is actually the first thing that any couple that is looking to conceive must do in order to have an assessment to see if your health is in working order to get the green light from your doctor. However, plenty of people are afraid to go to the doctor and keep delaying their much-needed checkups. If you are looking to get pregnant then you cannot at all delay that. If you have issues with your health, it is better to have it tackled before you start trying to achieve a conception and later find out that you have not been successful because you had an issue with your health that was correctable.
If you are serious about getting pregnant, you need to make adjustments to your lifestyle in order to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy! Good luck!