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Fertility is a key concern for many couples who are trying to conceive. If you’re hoping to start a family, there are several simple lifestyle changes you can make to increase your chances of success. Try these tweaks for a smoother and quicker conception.
Book More Massages
It may come as a welcome realization to know that luxurious massages are a great way to boost your fertility. Massage increases blood flow and reduces cortisol levels to aid in fertility. Any massage will help, but you can also pursue targeted self-fertility massage if you want an added boost. Massage can also help when you’re trying to conceive simply by helping you unwind and relax. Try to use this time to clear your mind and let go of your worries to get the best results.
Clean Up Your Diet
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A healthy diet will fuel your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to conceive a child. A fertility professional can help you target specific areas where you need to tweak your eating habits. Trans fats are a big enemy of fertility. They inhibit the body’s natural response to insulin, which can lead to irregular ovulation. Vegetable shortening and any foods with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils are major culprits.
You should also strive for a diet with plenty of colorful produce and whole grains. Eat more plant-based protein than animal products. Don’t skimp on your dairy. Full-fat dairy, like whole milk or cheeses and yogurts made with whole milk, will protect you from ovulatory infertility. Skim milk and low-fat dairy products, on the other hand, can harm your fertility.
Smoking inhibits fertility for both men and women. If you and your partner are both culprits, now is the perfect time to work together to quit. Support each other through this challenge with the hope of a new addition to your family to keep you dedicated and inspired.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight or underweight will inhibit your fertility. Speak with your doctor about the best weight for your height and body type. Overweight women struggle with an excess of androgens, insulin, and estrogen, which may stop ovulation or reduce the quality of the egg. Dropping just 5 percent of your total body fat can make a significant difference in your fertility levels if you’re overweight.
Women who are underweight also struggle with healthy ovulation. If the body doesn’t have enough fat to support a pregnancy, it won’t release eggs. Gaining as little as 5 pounds can help you get back on track.
Find yourself a colorful and convenient water bottle and make it your new best friend. Hydrate with water rather than caffeine or alcohol when you’re trying to conceive. This is especially important if you’re using fertility treatments. Alcohol consumption can negatively impact egg retrieval rates, miscarriage rates, and pregnancy rates when using IVF.
Fertility isn’t as mysterious as it can seem. Brushing up on healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way toward improving your chances of successfully growing your family.