There are a surprising amount of factors that can contribute to your success in fertilization. Many of the steps expectant mothers can take to ensure a healthy pregnancy are the same steps that women can take to help their bodies become more fertile. While you might not be pregnant yet, if you are trying to conceive, you will need to create an environment for your body, and for the baby, to thrive.
Reevaluating your current lifestyle is an inexpensive way to adjust your body to having a baby before you spend money on medical visits or procedures. Here are some simple benchmarks to review and ways you can start:
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and remaining active is extremely important even before getting pregnant. You and your partner should make changes to diet and exercise for at least three months before trying to conceive.
A healthy diet is the most natural and easiest way to help fertility. Choosing fresh food over canned can make a big difference when combined with a diet limiting sugar and junk food intake. Did you know that there is a correlation to insulin resistance and PCOS
? Replacing sugar and processed foods with fertility super-foods
like asparagus, wild salmon, eggs, and almonds, to name a few, can make a difference.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide a natural supply of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, all of which contribute to creating a healthier you.
- Up your iron intake (with your doctor’s approval) To ensure that you’re getting exactly what you personally need, meet with a doctor or nutritionist who can test your iron levels, examine your medical history, and determine how much iron would best benefit your health
- Eat the right kinds, and right amounts, of protein. Too much protein, particularly protein that’s high in calories or fat, has been linked to decreased fertility.
- Considering adding a supplement, and other important minerals and vitamins. For more detailed information on how important Folic acid and Iron are, read more here.
- Read more nutritional suggestions for women trying to conceive
Being overweight or underweight can interfere with a woman’s reproductive system. Too much or too little body fat will cause hormone levels to fluctuate, and will not allow for proper ovulation. Check with your doctor first if you fall into any hormonal imbalances.