In the United States, around 10 percent of women struggle with their fertility. This affects a lot of families and can become heartbreaking for couples. According to Handy, the right diet, exercise, and change in lifestyle may be the few things that will help you to boost your fertility. Here are a few tips to help you boost fertility and increase your chances of getting and staying pregnant:
- Purge the carbs and accept good fats – Women who are diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) have benefited from a low carb diet since it helps to control the insulin level in their body. This doesn’t mean you swap your bread with large slices of vegetables in your sandwich. You need to avoid processed grains like pasta, white rice, and more. Desserts and sugary drinks with a high glycemic index need to be reduced as well.
You also need to avoid food that has trans fats. It may be fried, baked, or processed foods that you are used to from your local fast-food chain. Don’t be lured by low fat either since companies usually replace fat with sugar. Instead, switch to “right” and “good” fats. Swap red meat with fish and consume high-fat dairy.
- Vitamins – There are hundreds, or probably thousands of articles on the internet that tell you about the benefits of vitamin supplements when you are trying to get pregnant. However, taking the wrong vitamin supplements may be very dangerous to women. Vitamin A can even cause complications in pregnancy. It is better to take vitamin supplements after consulting your doctor.
- Exercise and stay fit – If you are overweight, it may increase the insulin levels in your body. With higher insulin levels your ovaries produce more testosterone than necessary. When that happens a woman’s body doesn’t ovulate. While IVF may help to correct this problem, overweight women don’t respond well to fertility medications and IVF treatments. You shouldn’t overdo it either. Underweight women with a low BMI may suffer from a hormonal balance that adversely affects fertility.
- Relax – Stress doesn’t directly affect pregnancy. However, it births behaviors that may lead to unsustainable pregnancy. You may forget to take your medication at the right time and may avoid sex since you are consumed with stress. You need to take a break, rest, relax, and talk with friends and family to fade away the stress.
- Stop smoking and limit drinking – Smokers are much more likely to be infertile compared to women who are non-smokers. This addiction doesn’t just affect your lungs and teeth but also accelerates the death rate of your healthy eggs and triggers menopause quicker than non-smokers. Excessive drinking also has a negative impact on your fertility, and it is important to bring that down to moderate levels.
Handy believes that you should bring about the lifestyle and diet changes mentioned above to increase your chances of getting pregnant and sustain that pregnancy. Take the help of your family and support of your friends to keep down the stress levels as well.