Our society paints a picture that getting pregnant is easy and a given, but for several women it is not a walk in the park. If you and your spouse are looking forward to welcome a sweet baby into the world, try applying these nine principles into your daily routine.
1. Watch your weight
Women who are significantly underweight or overweight can increase the time it will take for them to conceive. If you are planning on getting pregnant within the next year, doctors suggest men and women understand the effects weight has on fertility. If the mother is underweight, she is at risk of causing hormone imbalances that effect her ovulation cycle and chances of conceiving.
If the mother is overweight, she increases the risk of pregnancy complications, miscarriage, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, blood clotting and labor complications. Babies born to overweight mothers are also more likely to become obese children and adults.
2. Moderate caffeine consumption
Beat the morning buzz or caffeine addiction by cutting back on your coffee consumption. Research has proven drinking more than five cups of coffee a day-or consuming about 500 milligrams of caffeine-has been linked to lower fertility.
3. Quit smoking
Men and women both should abstain from lighting a cigarette when trying to get pregnant. Smoking directly affects whether a woman’s uterus will be receptive to released egg. Also, smoking damages DNA and can reduce sperm production.
4. Understand your ovulation cycle
Take advantage of your fertile window, or the six days that mark the end of your ovulation cycle. Doctors suggest pregnancy will most likely occur three days before ovulation, and suggest a woman is more fertile before her next ovulation cycle instead of the days following just after.
5. Avoid harmful exposures
Be aware of your exposure to pesticides, certain landscaping and lawn care products; these can affect both a man’s and a woman’s fertility. Stay away from certain solvents and toxins contained in common cleaning products as well.
6. Take prenatal vitamins
Doctors suggest women seeking to have a baby should take prenatal vitamins prior to conception. Prenatals contain higher levels of folic acid and iron as well as many other vitamins and minerals that help promote the development of a healthy baby.
7. Moderate your exercise routine
Think you are interested in having a baby? Do not plan to train for a marathon while you are trying to conceive. Going to exercise extremes can cause stress and problems on your body. Keep your exercise routine constant and predictable.
8. Avoid stress
Relax! It may take time. Stress affects more than your heart rate; it can cause your body unnecessary complications while trying to conceive. Enjoy the journey and get to know your partner in new ways. It will help you as you embark on your fertility journey.
9. Abstain from alcohol
High intake of alcohol should be avoided when trying to get pregnant.
Keeping these guidelines in mind can help you and your spouse bring a beautiful baby into this world. As always, please consult your doctor before changing your diet and exercise routine