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Diet Tips

Fertility diet tips to increase your chances of getting pregnant

A New Year brings new hope and if you’ve been trying to have a baby then this is a great time to start making some resolutions to help increase your chances of successful pregnancy. Life generally tends to be a bit calmer after the hectic Christmas celebrations, so it’s a little easier to start reflecting on areas in your life that you could change.

To help get you started I’ve listed the seven most important fertility diet tips for increasing your chances of successful pregnancy whilst helping your body get in shape quickly.

Follow these tips as often as you can to improve your chances of successful pregnancy.

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Eliminate Stress

The number one contributing factor to infertility is stress. Avoid it if and where possible, or change the way you approach it. Persistent low-grade stress is the most harmful. Try to take some time out for yourself every day and allow yourself periods where you relax completely and calm your mind down so that you feel at ease. Literally empty your mind of things to do, let it go quiet and just drift. You could do this in the bath or just sitting down somewhere peaceful and without interruptions.

Do this every day and you’ll quickly notice a difference in how you feel. Try some simple meditation or fertility hypnosis CDs too.

Quit Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for us, but when it comes to fertility issues its negative effects are even more profound. Smoke decreases the oxygen level in your blood and so less oxygen is carried to your cells. Without a good supply of oxygen they cannot work properly. If your body doesn’t work at its optimum level then, it follows, you will reduce your fertility success too.

Reduce Alcohol Intake

Ideally, you should stop consuming alcoholic drinks at least two months before actively trying for a baby. There are many issues with alcohol when thinking about improving fertility. One aspect is that it weakens your body’s energy due to it being a poisonous substance. This means that your body has to work extra hard to get rid of the waste from the alcohol and this uses up more energy. The more energy you use, the less energy there is for other functions within the body, and so the reproductive system becomes less efficient.

Avoid Pain Relief Drugs

A recent study at Oxford University has shown that pain relief drugs stop ovulation and therefore reduce the chances of conception. Where possible, move to natural pain relief and use treatments such as acupuncture to treat the cause of the pain.

Stay Warm

Keep your lower back, lower abdomen, legs and feet warm at all times. Wear plenty of clothes so the skin in this area feels warm to touch. This is a powerful principle of Oriental medicine and it works very well. The reason for this is that when the lower abdomen and lower body become colder, the blood cannot circulate as efficiently through this area and the blood supply to the uterus is also impeded. This normally results in pain at the beginning of your period. Keeping these areas warm allows the blood to circulate more freely and more efficiently to the uterus, which increases the success rate of implantation.

Go Organic

Eat organic food where possible, particularly meat, to avoid harmful pesticides and growth hormones that upset your natural hormone balance. Sadly, our food and water today is quite contaminated and many people are not aware that this is a contributing factor towards unexplained infertility. Our bodies absorb the growth hormones in non-organic meat and this causes our own hormone levels to come out of balance. This negatively affects the reproductive system and reduces the chances of pregnancy. Our bodies are simple and need natural and clean foods that are not laden with synthetic, manmade chemicals. Eat organically to redress the balance.

Reduce Carbs

Try to reduce your intake of simple carbohydrates – flour-based foods such as pasta and bread. These products convert to sugar rapidly in the body and cause problems with your blood sugar level, which affects your insulin level. This is linked to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and of course diabetes, along with other issues relating to infertility or conception problems. All vegetables contain carbohydrates (but a complex type which are good for you). Just eat lots of vegetables, particularly green leafy ones and some red and white meat too, for a completely natural and balanced meal.

Editorial Team
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Fertility Road aims to inform and inspire in a way that is direct, honest and empathetic, whilst breaking down the science by being written by top experts from the fertility field.

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