1. Think about what you can add
Sometimes, trying to make diet changes can be daunting. Instead of focusing on restriction, try to think about what to add to a diet. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. Tips like eating the rainbow or filling half of each plate with veggies can help people add more fruits and vegetables to the diet.
2. Tweak your exercise
Many people have the motto that more is always better with exercise. But not so with getting pregnant. In fact, high-intensity activity can harm female fertility. Opt instead for lower-impact movements, like swimming, yoga, walking, Pilates, or biking. While some couples may be advised to lose weight to improve fertility, being underweight is just as harmful to fertility as being overweight.
3. Focus on your mental health
Although the idea that stress leads to infertility may be a bit of a wives tale, there is no doubt that mental health can impact physical health. Besides lowering cortisol levels, the body’s stress hormone, positive mental health can also improve sleep, an often-overlooked yet crucial health habit. Set aside time for journaling, talking with loved ones, or meditating to reduce stress and improve mental health.
4. Catch your Zzz’s
Speaking of sleep, getting 7-8 hours each night can significantly improve both partners’ health. Not sleeping enough is directly linked to a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, and stroke.
5. Time out sex
Although simply having sex regularly may be the most straightforward approach to trying to get pregnant, having sex during ovulation is ideal. Not all women have predictable menstrual cycles, so timing can get tricky for some. In general, women usually ovulate on day 14 of a menstrual cycle. Because this calculation is not always exact, couples should have sex within a few days of the predicted day of ovulation to get pregnant more quickly.
Increasing your chances of success
If a couple is still struggling to get pregnant after making all the necessary changes, seeing a fertility specialist may be the next step. These experts can help couples identify any issues and provide treatment options. For more information, schedule an appointment with a fertility clinic.
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