Adjust daily diet
By eating a diet that is rich in antioxidants, women can increase fertility. Antioxidants such as folate and zinc not only improve fertility. Antioxidants also eliminate free radicals which can harm a woman’s egg cells. Antioxidants can be found in foods such as grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. These foods are rich in beta-carotene, folate, lutein, and vitamins C and E.
Say no to stress
Stress is bad for everyone, but women with high levels of stress can double the risk of infertility. Women who are feeling the effects of stress should take time out to breathe deeply and try some relaxation exercises. At the end of the day, women should always do something to unwind like take a hot bath.
One of the many benefits of exercise is improving fertility. Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle can actually increase the risk of infertility. Even as little as one hour of exercise per week can reduce the risk of infertility.
Cut out caffeine
Many women are not aware of the fact that caffeine can negatively affect female fertility. One study indicated that consuming more than 500mg of caffeine per day can cause women to take up to 9.5 months longer than normal to conceive. A high caffeine intake prior to pregnancy can also increase the risk of miscarriage.
Maintain a healthy weight
Weight plays a very influential role in infertility. Being either underweight or overweight can increase the risk of infertility. Body mass can affect fertility because the amount of body fat a woman has stored affects menstrual functions.
Moderate physical activity combined with a healthy weight can have a positive effect on fertility. However, exercise in moderation as excessive exercising can also increase the risk of infertility in certain women. This is because too much exercise can shift the body’s energy balance and have negative effects on the reproductive system.
Using tobacco products can reduce fertility in men and women. Women who smoke have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancies which occurs when an embryo implants in one of the fallopian tubes. Smoking also reduces the quality and number of sperm and is linked to a higher risk of miscarriage.
Start improving fertility now
Women who are trying to start a family can begin improving fertility straight away with a few simple lifestyle changes. Make a start with diet and exercise for the best results.