When you’re looking to get pregnant, it’s almost impossible to predict how long it will take.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to tip the odds in your favor.
Fertility problems have become a serious issue for many.
This is demonstrated by the fact that 10% to 15% of couples encounter this problem.
Many variables can affect fertility, such as age, lifestyle, or biology.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to improve fertility.
From diet to exercise to monitoring your ovulation cycle, this guide will help you get your mind and body in the best possible shape for conception.
1. Know when you ovulate
Keeping a close eye on your ovulation cycle can increase your chances of conceiving.
A menstrual diary and an ovulation calculator can help you to find out when ovulation will occur, especially if you don’t have regular periods.
Generally, ovulation happens about eleven days after your period started - so that’s a good place to start.
Another indicator can be your body temperature, as it increases due to hormonal changes occurring during ovulation.
Try using a basal body temperature to help track down your ovulation day, or pick up an ovulation test kit.
2. Reduce stress levels
Stress and anxiety can reduce your chances of getting pregnant, so it’s important to keep it under control.
There are many ways to handle stress.
Other women swear by techniques like reflexology and acupuncture.
Regardless of the method you choose, you should always remember that it’s important to take out time for yourself.
3. Get active
Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Sedentary lifestyles are connected to infertility, so it’s important to move around and exercise regularly.
Having said that, it’s important that you exercise in moderation, as too much exercise can be counterproductive, too.
4. Reduce alcohol consumption
It’s been confirmed that alcohol consumption can negatively impact fertility, but it’s unclear just how much will do so.
Even if your consumption is moderate, you might want to further reduce your intake of alcohol while you are trying to conceive - just in case!
5. Cut caffeine
For years it’s been thought that caffeine can negatively affect fertility.
But recent studies were unable to find a clear connection between the two.
However, we just don’t know enough at this point, so limiting your coffee intake to one cup per day might be a good idea.
6. Go organic
It’s been proven that organic food has a higher nutritional density (and a lower level of pesticides) than non-organic food.
There are also other factors; for example, some metals (such as cadmium) found in pesticides have been connected to male infertility.
7. Eat healthy food
A balanced diet not only affects your overall health – it affects your ability to conceive.
If you’re facing fertility issues, it’s recommended that you eat as healthy as possible.
This means including as many (or all) food groups in your diet.
Here are some things to consider:
- Keep your carb intake low and reduce the intake of refined carbs (they cause insulin and sugar spikes).
- Increase fiber consumption; it’ll help keep hormone and sugar levels balanced.
- Cut out as much trans fats as possible.
- Include foods rich in antioxidants as they may improve fertility for both men and women.
8. Use diverse protein sources
Proteins are a key part of any diet, however, that doesn’t mean your protein has to come from meat.
There are plenty of vegetable protein sources, some of which have been proven to reduce the risk of struggling to conceive (e.g., beans and seeds).
9. Start a supplement program
Along with good food, you might want to consider including multivitamins and prenatal supplements in your diet.
While they are not a substitute for eating nutritious food, they will provide a daily source of nutrients to your body
Essentially, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are key to having a healthy body and reproductive system.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you must make changes all at once!
Start small and go from there. Good luck!
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