Is everyone around you getting pregnant? Don’t despair. There are a lot of easy lifestyle changes you can incorporate into your daily routine to increase your chances of conceiving by year end 2017.
Boost your fertility and enhance the health of your baby with a few simple lifestyle choices. Starting a folic acid supplement regimen will increase your chances of maintaining a pregnancy and reduce the risk of birth defects.
Foods with folic acid:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Fresh fruits
- Dried beans, peas, nuts
- Enriched breads, cereals, other whole grain products
- Ask your fertility specialist to prescribe folic acid as a dietary supplement
Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
Studies show that women over 30 who drank seven or more alcoholic beverages a week were twice as likely not to conceive. Cutting out alcohol altogether while you try for a baby is the best plan because, once you conceive, your cravings for a drink will be diminished.
Watch Your Weight and Get Plenty of Sleep
A healthy adult Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. A 2016 review of studies shows that not getting enough sleep leads women to consume an average of 385 more calories the next day. Too much body weight can make women less fertile.
Caffeine – in coffee, tea, and soda – can have an adverse affect on female fertility. It’s best to cut caffeine out altogether to boost your fertility level and prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Drinking more than 300 mg of caffeine per day – 2 to 3 cups of coffee – has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Eat Healthy Proteins
Eating healthy proteins helps to maintain blood sugar balance. This balance gives your body the even supply of nutrients it needs for producing hormones and supporting a healthy reproductive system.
- Lean red meats
- Soy beans
- Fresh fish, such as salmon, tilapia, cod (no canned tuna because of high mercury levels)
- Beans, legumes, lentils, chickpeas
- Nuts and seeds
What to do if your lifestyle choices don’t work?
It is important to work with a specialist having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific medical and personal needs.
Informative Fertility Specialist
Dr. Laurence Jacobs has the clinical experience necessary to design a customized infertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. Fertility Centers of Illinois has 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located throughout Chicagoland. After you consult with the Doctor, you can choose from any of our 10 locations for ultrasound scans and blood test monitoring. Schedule your initial consultation by clicking the icon below – or – calling 888.325.7389.