Experts agree that your lifestyle plays a rather important role in your fertility; poor lifestyle choices can make it difficult to have children, whether you are planning on having a child soon or even in the distant future. As a result, potential parents will want to make a few simple lifestyle changes that can help increase your fertility and giving you that bundle of joy you’ve been dreaming about. Here are five ways to increase your fertility naturally.
Balance calories with your workout
According to a recent study, women who work out are 17 percent less fertile than their lazy counterparts. Apparently, the vast majority of women who work out do not balance their exercise with enough calories, which will make you not produce the necessary hormones for pregnancy. If you have a regular period and you exercise regularly, you have nothing to fear and your diet is just fine; however, if you exercise daily yet have an irregular period, you may wish to add some calories to your diet and don’t forget to visit your doctor for advice about how your diet can affect your cycle.
Put out the cigarette
Smoking not only destroy your lungs, throat and mouth, but the little tobacco sticks also kill your eggs. If you intend to have children, it is best to quit smoking before you attempt to conceive. If the lung cancer, yellow teeth, stinky breath and an empty wallet isn’t enough to convince you to kick the habit, then the fact that you will struggle to get pregnant should do the job. Discuss a quit smoking plan with your doctor; he may be able to improve your chances of tossing the cigs.
Keep your weight in check
Fertility is related to your Body Mass Index (BMI). Ideally, according to some recent studies, your Body Mass Index should be anywhere between 20 and 26 for maximum fertility; anything outside of this range may cause irregular menstrual cycles. With a BMI higher than 26, the luteinizing hormone is inhibited, causing less frequent ovulation. In fact, women with a BMI over 26 will also have complications after they have successfully conceived, so discuss your ideal body weight with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.
This should please some women out there: all-fat dairy can help you conceive, according to a recent study by Harvard School of Public Health. That means ice cream, sundaes, milk shakes and cheese are on the good list, so don’t feel the need to hold back on your favorite snacks.
Limit your caffeine
Caffeine is not a good friend of fertilization; in fact, caffeine will increase your menstrual flow, making it much more difficult for implantation of your eggs. Caffeine will also increase your chances of having a miscarriage, so do your best to limit your caffeine intake to about a cup of coffee a day. If you are a regular coffee drinker, switch to decaf for the other cups you can’t refuse to pour in your mouth.