5 Natural ways to boost your fertility for getting pregnant

by Dr Amin Gorgy, Fertility Consultant, The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy, www.fertility-academy.co.uk

1. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

Boost your fertility

Although this is easier said than done, you must try to avoid high stress levels when trying to get pregnant. According to a study in the Journal of Human Reproduction, stress increases the risk of infertility, so try to reduce stress as much as possible to help increase your chances of conception.

Depending on your lifestyle, there are many ways in which you could reduce stress. If you have a high-pressure job, try delegating some of your workload while trying for a baby. Even smaller lifestyle changes, such as including a yoga workout in your daily routine, can help to decrease stress levels.

Lots of women also like to try acupuncture for fertility at dr-surya.com, which includes stress relief and traditionally helps facilitate conception. For instance, this approach can help to increase the blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, leading to a more fertile environment for conception.

Many women become stressed when trying for a baby or experiencing infertility issues. It’s important to realise that you are not alone in your struggle. Talking to other women who have gone through or are currently going through the same situation, whether through a support group or someone you know, can be therapeutic and help ease your frustrations.

2. Eat a large meal at breakfast

Healthy breakfast

Foodies will be pleased to know that consuming most of your daily calories at breakfast can lead to a more regulated ovulation cycle and improved fertility.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Science conducted research using a sample of 60 women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Those who ate a large breakfast, a smaller meal at lunch and their smallest meal at dinner experienced an increased ovulation rate and higher fertility levels.

Although this is a tiny sample size – and therefore, conclusions drawn from the research are limited – I believe it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet so your body can be in the best health for pregnancy.

It’s also vital that your partner is undertaking a vitamin-rich diet, as research in the Fertility and Sterility journal suggests that men who consume essential nutrients such as folic acid and zinc can increase sperm count.

3. Maintain a steady exercise regime

Women's exercise

It is well-researched that the correct amount and type of exercise for your age, weight and ability will help increase fitness. When it comes to fertility and getting pregnant, a good level of physical fitness is key in creating a nurturing environment for your baby to develop.

Not only that, but exercise is known to have a positive effect on mood, and a better mood goes hand in hand with a less stressed mental state, which, as mentioned earlier, is better for the chances of getting pregnant. Conversely, excessive exercise can lead to issues such as amenorrhea, which is the absence of menstrual periods.

Suppose your body is used to a certain amount of exercise, and you are eating a suitable diet to accompany your fitness regime. In that case, you shouldn’t need to worry about adjusting this area of your lifestyle for better chances of conception unless your doctor advises otherwise.

4. Stop smoking

Quit smoking

Smoking significantly increases the time it takes to get pregnant, and even passive smoking has a detrimental effect on both the male and female reproductive system, so it is best to avoid situations where you may be tempted to smoke or likely to intake large amounts of passive smoke.

5. Cut back on alcohol

Reduce alcohol intake

Consuming alcohol can reduce the chance of conception for women by over 50%. Even a moderate alcohol intake of five drinks or less per week may contribute to the risk of certain types of infertility. In men, excessive alcohol consumption interferes with hormone levels, affecting sperm quality and production.

Five natural ways to boost your fertility

2 thoughts on “5 Natural ways to boost your fertility for getting pregnant”

  1. Katharine Gailard
    I’m a speaker and annual exhibitor at the Fertility Show in London, regular BBC radio guest, specialised natural fertility coach, reflexologist and emotional coach. Over the last 15 years, I have developed the skills and knowledge that have led me to write the Mama Be programme for natural fertility. We were never taught all we need to know about preconception health and increasing our chances of pregnancy. The 360 whole person approach I take is unique and THE alternative to ivf.

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