1. Quit smoking
Most people understand that smoking is harmful to health. The habit is especially detrimental during pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of preterm labor and low birth weight. Smoking with a newborn in the house even increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Smoking can be a hard habit to quit, so ask a healthcare provider for help if needed.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
Being both overweight and underweight can affect fertility. In fact, being underweight is a higher risk factor for women having trouble conceiving than being overweight. And the male partner’s weight matters too. Being overweight is associated with conditions like type 2 diabetes, which can have a negative effect on fertility.
3. Get enough rest
Sleep is one of the most commonly overlooked health habits. But simply getting enough sleep can have significant effects on health. People who don’t sleep enough are more likely to be overweight and are even more likely to have conditions like heart disease.
4. Optimize your diet
Certain foods can improve both male and female fertility. Focus on a diet full of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. Not only does eating well improve the chances of getting pregnant, but eating a nutritious diet can lead to a healthier pregnancy.
5. Manage your stress
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Couples can improve mental health by meditating, journaling, or talking through feelings more openly. In many cases, seeing a therapist can help individuals and couples sort through emotions and maintain better mental health. Stress can have an impact on fertility, so taking care of mental health is essential.
6. Move the right amount
Regular exercise is crucial for bone health, cardiovascular health, and even mental health. Creating a healthy exercise plan can set both partners up for success. However, too much high-intensity exercise can have adverse effects on pregnant women. Choose moderate activity options, such as walking, biking, swimming, Pilates, or yoga.
Have a healthy pregnancy
Sometimes couples have trouble getting pregnant naturally. While this can be distressing, there is hope. Many fertility treatment options make pregnancy a possibility. For more information about pregnancy and fertility treatments, speak with a healthcare provider.