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If you've thought about trying to get pregnant, or are ready to get pregnant, these are some steps you could take to increase your chances of conceiving.
Change your diet
- Eating healthier is very important to keeping your immune system up and giving your body the right vitamins and proteins it will need to sustain a living person. Lowering the consumption caffeinated products will help your chances of conception as well.
- Part of eating healthier is making sure you are taking in folic acids, found in leafy greens. This is a B vitamin that can help in preventing birth defects.
- Be aware of high-mercury fish (marlin, orange roughy, tilefish, swordfish, and bigeye tuna). High levels of mercury in blood have linked to fertility issues in men and women.
Medications and supplements
- Zinc is great for both partners. In females it helps ovulation and fertility and for males it helps with semen and testosterone production.
- Multivitamins are good for people who are not even trying to get pregnant. They are a great source to get the necessary vitamins you lack.
- Omega 3 free fatty acids have been associated with improved embryo quality.
- Iron will help keep the oxygen flowing to your tissues and organs so they will function properly. You can get iron through a multivitamin but also through food like red meat, tofu and dark leafy greens.
- Calcium will help get your body prepared for the baby you will have inside of you.
- Vitamin B6 will come in handy if you take it before you get pregnant, it will curb some of the pregnancy symptoms.
- Antioxidants are great for you even if you are not looking to get pregnant. They can be taken through a supplement or by consuming foods like oranges, strawberries, almonds and sunflower seeds.
Smoking and drinking
- We've all been told that smoking and drinking can cause birth defects and is overall bad for your health. Quitting smoking well before you start to conceive will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Women who smoke while conceiving can have a higher chance of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. Research has shown that men who smoke have a lower sperm count and mobility and more sperm abnormalities.
- Having more than two drinks a day has been linked to irregular periods, lack of ovulation and abnormal progesterone and estrogen levels. Excessive drinking in men has also shown a reduction in sperm quality.
- Maintaining a good weight is ideal to conception and a healthy pregnancy. Talk with your doctor on how to lose or maintain a healthy weight.
- Simple exercises are enough to keep you going. Keeping a regular work out schedule can help cut down the time for women to get pregnant. This exercise can be as simple as walking, cycling and even tasks around the home like gardening are good forms of exercise.
- There is a limit to exercising and it should be avoided. Some athletes have worked out to the point where it interferes with their menstrual cycle. You can still work out how you have always done, just don't push the limits too far.
Keeping a level head
- Maintaining stress is hard even for people who are not trying to get pregnant. Monitoring your stress levels can help decrease the chance of becoming infertile.
- If stress is really getting to you and you feel that it is affecting your chances of getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about ways to cope.
- Studies have shown that alternative medicines and exercises like yoga can help reduce stress and shortened the time it took for infertility patients to get pregnant.
Before you begin to conceive you should speak with your doctor about the right steps to take for your body and your lifestyle.