When you are trying to get pregnant, you often feel like you would make any change to your lifestyle that might possibly make it easier or faster for you to get pregnant. One of the big questions many couples ask is about their diet and lifestyle. Can small changes to your daily routine make it more likely for you to conceive? Does it matter what you eat or how much exercise you do?
We all know that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise make for better general health and fitness, and this is just as true for couples trying to conceive as it is for everyone else. However, there are certain things you can do that may increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Exercise regularly ? regular exercise lowers stress levels, it makes it easier for you to sleep, it helps you maintain a healthy weight and it provides valuable you-time. Gentle exercise that helps you relax can be the best kind when you are trying to conceive. Women shouldn?t opt for an exercise regime that is extreme or much more vigorous than they are used to or they may interfere with their cycle.
Eat well ? drastic diets can interfere with your cycle, losing too much weight too fast can make you miss a period or stop them temporarily, and being overweight can have the same effect. A balanced diet with plenty of fresh ingredients such as fruit and vegetables can help you lose excess weight gently. A plentiful supply of vitamins and minerals is best to optimise your health for conception.
Psychological Preparation ? this means relaxing, cutting out on stressful aspects of your life and making time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Being stressed and tense can affect the woman’s monthly cycle, and it can be a cause of erectile dysfunction in men. Couples who are stressed have less sex and tension can cause relationship problems, so make time for each other so that you are united in your attempts to conceive rather than conflicted.
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Be smoke-free ? both partners in a couple can improve their fertility by quitting smoking. Giving up cigarettes improves the chances of getting pregnant in a fairly short space of time ? a few months will mean a higher sperm count for the man and a healthier reproductive system for a woman, as well as a better environment for an unborn baby ? not to mention a better start when it arrives.
Alcohol ? women who drink less typically conceive faster. By cutting down on alcohol, you could increase your chances of getting pregnant, and as you will be advised to cut down when you conceive, it is a small price to pay. Excess alcohol can also cause erectile dysfunction in men.
Men should avoid heat ? keep the testicles cool for best sperm production; avoid saunas, Jacuzzis and long drives and choose looser underwear.
Small changes to your day-to-day life can make a difference to your ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy, just remember that what you put into your body has an impact on your fertility, and focus on healthy changes and time spent being close with your partner.