Boosting Your Fertility
If you’re trying for a baby it can help to have your body in optimum health and ready for a baby. Although fertility is a complex area, there are some ways in which you can take practical steps to boost your fertility and increase the chance of becoming pregnant. Here’s how.
Eat WellA healthy diet is essential, as it provides your body with all the essential nutrients it needs. Try and include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, as well as a good balance of protein and carbohydrates. If you’re eating healthily, it’s not usually necessary to take a vitamin supplement, but if you wish to, look out for varieties specially aimed at pregnant women. These won’t have vitamin A in them, as it’s been linked to developmental abnormalities in babies.
Pregnant women are advised to avoid certain foods and some experts suggest it may be worth avoiding the suspect products whilst you’re trying to conceive too. Items to avoid include:
- Raw or undercooked meats, as they can carry listeria.
- Liver or products which contain liver, such as pates, as they’re high in vitamin A.
- Soft ripened cheeses and blue veined cheeses, as they carry a risk of listeria.
- Products containing raw or undercooked eggs, as they up the risk of salmonella.
- Unpasteurised milk from sheep, cows or goats.
- Raw shellfish.
Take Folic AcidThe one key supplement that women trying to conceive are recommended to take, as well as when they’re pregnant, is folic acid. The recommended daily dose is 400mcg or 0.4mg, and experts advise taking it as soon as you start to try for a baby. It significantly reduces the risk of having a child with spina bifida, so is very valuable.
Manage Your Weight and Get ExerciseYour fertility can be affected by weight, both being under and over-weight, so if you’re serious about trying for baby, sorting out any weight issues would be worthwhile. Your partner’s weight can play a part in their fertility too, so encourage them to join you in any weight deduction or increasing.
Exercise is another lifestyle factor that can play a crucial role. Keeping yourself fit and healthy by having regular exercise will give your body a better chance of conceiving. It’s good to have a minimum of three 20 minute sessions of exercise each week.