They say, there’s nothing more beautiful than giving birth. They also say that once you hold your own baby, your life changes completely. But you know what science says? It says that you must change your habits if you want to get pregnant.
If you too are planning one, these fertility-boosting tips can be great for your health and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Check them out:
Go easy on caffeine and alcohol for better fertility
It’s time to maintain some distance from caffeine, including coffee and destructive colas. And yes, you’ve got to kiss those alcoholic nights goodbye too if you’re trying to get pregnant. According to a study conducted at the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Kommunehospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, consumption of caffeine and alcohol can reduce your chances of conceiving.
Eat a big breakfast
Kickstarting your day with a heavy breakfast and reducing the portion sizes in subsequent meals is highly recommended to lose or maintain weight. But doing so is particularly beneficial when it comes to boosting fertility, especially in women suffering from hormonal imbalances and conditions like PCOS.
A research conducted at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in Israel showed that the timing of caloric intake has a major impact on insulin resistance in women suffering from PCOS. In simpler words, consuming major calories of the day early in the morning can help increase the ovulation rate, thereby, increasing pregnancy chances.
Cut down on refined carbs and trans fats if you want to conceive
You can love the processed pastas and sugary drinks with all your heart, but if you love the prospect of having a baby more–you’ve got to cut down these refined carbs from your diet.
This is because:
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston found that refined carbs can increase the risk of ovulatory infertility.
In fact, trans fats present in fried food, processed baked goods, and hydrogenated vegetable oil too were found to cause infertility in women as per another study conducted at Harvard.
Try these fertility foods to increase your chances of getting pregnant
Several studies have proven the fertility boosting powers of protein, high-fat dairy, iron, and fibre. So, make sure to include them in your diet if you’re planning a baby.
Don’t take stress–for your unborn baby’s sake
While mild exercise to keep your blood circulation going can up your chances, taking stress—physically, emotionally or mentally can wreak havoc on your fertility apart from your health in general.
Mind your post-sex activities
As romantic as taking a hot shower together after sexual intercourse sounds, avoid it. Anything that raises your body temperature considerably—especially after sex—is your fertility’s enemy. Yes, this also includes any high-intensity physical activity.
Watch your weight if you want to get pregnant
Ladies, you’re anyway going to gain weight during pregnancy. That doesn’t mean you stop being weight-conscious from the time you start planning the pregnancy.
Medical science has proven time and again that weight and fat gain can lead to secretion of certain hormones that can disrupt ovulation.
You really don’t want that, right? So maintain a healthy body weight for a quicker and a healthy pregnancy.