- Cut out the junk food. Having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to boost your body's chance of getting pregnant. When your body senses a lack of nutrition over an extended period of time, it actually might stop releasing eggs during the monthly menstrual period. Make sure you're eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats.
- No smoking or drinking! It's a well-known fact that substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs can have a negative effect on the body's fertility; while a glass of wine at dinner won't do your ovaries much harm, you want to make sure that you aren't overdoing it. Plus, if you get pregnant during this time, you'll definitely want to cut out these substances to keep your baby healthy -- so why not start now?
- Feeling stressed out? Look for new ways of managing stress. You can't always control the environmental stressors you encounter at work and at home, but you can control how often you let yourself relax. Whether this means going to yoga class or doing meditation exercises at the office, give yourself time to de-stress.
- Check with your doctor about the side effects of medications you're taking. Even if these medications are treating something that seems completely unrelated to your reproductive system, they could still be affecting your fertility. Medications containing certain hormones, antidepressants, and steroids have all been known to affect fertility in some women.
- Make sure you and your partner are on the same page! It's important to remember that neither partner is "at fault" when it comes to infertility -- and it's incredibly common for couples to have trouble getting pregnant at first. In fact, a young, healthy couple only has a 20-25% of conceiving each month, and one in every eight couples have trouble sustaining a pregnancy. Fertility centers typically recommend giving yourselves a few months before seeking medical treatment.
How can you maximize your chance of getting pregnant before seeking professional help from a fertility clinic? Many couples don't realize that there are several lifestyle changes they can make to increase their fertility, and there are certain preventative ways to address fertility, too. Of course, fertility isn't always treatable via natural remedies and you may need to look into infertility treatments at your local fertility center, but these tips can help you develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to increase your chances of conceiving:
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