If you’re thinking about starting a family, one of the first things you should always ask yourself is, what am I doing to keep my body as healthy as possible? A healthy body is crucial when it comes to successfully conceiving – without a healthy reproductive system, the chances of conceiving are extremely low. And for women, one of the key parts of reproductive health to consider is how healthy – or unhealthy – their eggs are.
Reproduction And Ovum Health
Egg health is one of the cornerstones of healthy fertility and reproduction. Each month, as part of her monthly menstrual cycle a woman will ovulate, typically only releasing one egg – also known as an ovum – to potentially be fertilized by a man’s sperm. Only when a sperm and egg meet and fuse will a potential embryo have the full DNA package it needs to grow into a fetus and then, eventually, a baby.
Unfortunately, if a woman’s eggs are not at an optimal healthy level, she may find that she has difficulties getting pregnant. This is because unhealthy eggs often form with deficiencies of some sort; problems are most likely to develop in the very DNA of the egg or in the egg’s overall structure. And these issues can even interfere with the eggs’ ability to implant in a woman’s uterus.
Ultimately, problems of this nature can prevent an egg from successfully growing into a healthy embryo – thereby preventing a couple from starting their family as they wish to.
Improving Ovum Health
The good news is that simply by taking steps to address natural fertility on a basic level, a woman can give her eggs a little healthy boost – thereby optimizing her chances of getting pregnant.
Here’s what you can do to help ensure that your lifestyle and choices are helping to contribute to better, healthier ovums:
- Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. A healthy diet won’t just make for a healthier you – it will contribute to better egg health, too. A good rule of thumb for women trying to get pregnant, is to eat the same foods recommended for women who are already pregnant. Green and leafy vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and – yes, really – eggs have all been linked to better egg health. On the other hand, trans fats, high amounts of sugar, and alcohol and caffeine have all been linked to a decrease in egg health.
- Make healthier lifestyle choices. Many of the health issues doctors regularly warn us about can also impact fertility and egg health. For example, an elevated BMI has been linked to lower successful pregnancy rates in women, while smoking has been shown to reduce egg quality and increase the chance of miscarriage. And, as always, elevated stress can impact multiple parts of reproduction – including egg health. Fortunately, simply addressing every-day lifestyle factors can quickly address any routine health problems that may be impacting your eggs – and can help you get pregnant sooner.
- Visit the doctor. If, even after taking basic steps in your daily routine to improve your fertility, you are unable to conceive in a year (or in 6 months if you are over the age of 35), you should talk to your doctor about your fertility. Your doctor can carry out exams and tests that will look for medical issues that could impact egg health, such as circulation problems, an abnormal or irregular fertility cycle, or off-balance hormone levels. Most importantly, doctors can carry out an AMH test, or anti-mullerian hormone test, which will help doctors determine the quality and quantity of your eggs. Ultimately, depending on the root causes of your delayed successful conception, testing such as this may be the key to you getting the fertility help you need.
Healthy You, Healthy Ovum – Healthy Baby!
If you are trying to get pregnant, now is the time to begin to make as many healthy choices as possible. If there’s one thing modern fertility medicine knows for sure, it’s that a healthier you makes for healthier ovums – and, of course, healthier ovums contribute to a healthy pregnancy. If you find that you have questions about your lifestyle and fertility, we of course recommend working with a doctor soon to help advance your conception efforts. After all, the sooner you begin to make any lifestyle changes you may need to, the better your chances will be of getting pregnant – and there is no shame in asking for help along the way!