10 tips for fertility
Stressful everyday life can eat away at fertility. Here's how to up your chances of falling pregnant.
Eat greens and yellows: Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, especially dark green and yellow that will boost your beta-carotene or vitamin A, and vitamin C intake.
Pump iron!: Fill your body's iron reserves, because when you’re expecting, your body has difficulty maintaining its iron stores as your baby taps your mineral resources.
Exercise: This will not only keep you fit for the actual task of making a baby, but will strengthen your cardiovascular system, as pregnancy puts a huge strain on the heart.
Take your vitamins: Getting all the nutrients you need for boosting your fertility from food alone is difficult, so increase your chances by taking a prenatal vitamin or regular multivitamin. Ask your pharmacist for the best option available to you.
Don't stress: When your body is stressed the chances of falling pregnant significantly drop. Make sure you're relaxed and focused on remaining that way.
AVOID Smoking: A study found that women who smoke, take longer to conceive, and also found that their chances to conceive are reduced by up to 40%.
AVOID Drinking alcohol: Researchers looked at couples trying to have their first child and they found that a woman’s ability to get pregnant decreased as more alcohol was consumed.
AVOID Drinking coffee: Caffeine (found in coffee, Ceylon tea and cola drinks) constricts blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the uterus and potentially making it harder for an egg to grab hold.
AVOID Too many refined carbohydrates: These include white bread, pasta and white rice. The refining process strips key nutrients from grains and a woman trying to conceive should pack her diet with as many nutrient-rich foods as possible.
AVOID Fad diets: Avoid any diet that excludes an entire food group or puts too much emphasis on one type of food.