Many couples, who have been trying to conceive for months together and are unsuccessful, dread going to the doctor to seek treatment. Sometimes that’s the only option left but often, there are things that they can do increase their chances of conceiving. Here are some natural ways to improve fertility:
- Eat a nourishing, balanced diet
Staying well-nourished and eating a healthy, balanced diet increases your odds of conceiving. Deficiencies in nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D can cause delay in menstrual cycles and affect ovulation. Make sure your diet is rich in these nutrients. Protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs and beans should be a part of your regular diet. Ask your doctor if you need to take any nutritional supplements on a daily basis.
- Make lifestyle changes
According to several researches, alcohol consumption has been linked to decreased ability to get pregnant. Alcohol has been found to alter estrogen levels, which may interfere with egg implantation. An occasional drink or two doesn’t really cause too much harm as regular consumption does. Also, if you’re trying to get pregnant, cutting down on caffeine is also a good idea. Limit your daily intake to 200 mg of caffeine per day – that’s about one or two cups of coffee.
- Watch your weight
Excess body fat can lead to overproduction of certain hormones that can affect ovulation. It may cause changes in your ovulation cycle, causing you to ovulate less frequently and decreasing your chances to get pregnant. Even too little body fat can adversely affect your ovulation. Maintain the right weight by exercising regularly – but don’t overdo it. Talk to our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more about steps to increase fertility naturally.
- Reduce stress
Increased levels of stress may also affect reproductive hormones and fertility in both men and women. If you experience high levels of stress in your work life or at home, take steps to ensure that you are able to relax and take time out for yourself. Try meditation; indulge in your favourite hobby, or anything that helps you manage your stress levels effectively.
- Take advantage of the fertile window
The fertile window is the six-days that end on the day of ovulation. Taking advantage of the fertile window can boost your chances of pregnancy. Pregnancy is most likely to occur with intercourse within the three days before ovulation.
- Try to eat organic
Exposure to pesticide, especially agricultural pesticides can have a negative impact on both the male and female fertility. Wash your food thoroughly before you eat or better still; try to eat pesticide-free organic foods as far as possible.
- Reduce your screen time
According to a study in the journal Fertility and Sterility, watching too much TV or using iPad can affect your fertility. Artificial light can affect your circadian rhythm and in turn, your fertility. Therefore, turn off the screens one or two hours before going to bed and do something relaxing, which will help you sleep more soundly. Remember: Quality of sleep is as important as quantity of sleep.
To know more about how to improve your fertility, get in touch with our team at KIMS Cuddles.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance