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When you’re ready to start a family, it can be frustrating to see negative pregnancy test results over and over. And medical intervention for fertility can be expensive.

The good news is you can increase your fertility naturally by making a few lifestyle changes.

 

7 Ways to Increase Fertility Naturally

1. Eat a Healthy Diet

Good nutrition is one of the best ways to naturally boost fertility.  Certain foods support a healthier uterus and eggs, as well as fertilization, implantation and pregnancy.

Protein helps your body create hormones, enzymes, blood cells and body tissue. Good sources of protein include eggs, poultry, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Antioxidants deactivate the free radicals in your body, which can damage your reproductive system. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Fiber helps balance your blood sugar and can reduce excess hormones. High-fiber foods include beans, leafy greens, lentils and oatmeal.

Drink plenty of water each day, too.

What to avoid:

  • Trans fats, which are found in processed foods, margarine and vegetable oils
    • Replace them with healthy fats, such as avocados, olive oil and chia seeds.
  • Sugary carbs, like white bread and white rice
    • Instead, opt for wheat or whole grain bread and brown rice, plus complex carbs like sweet potatoes, oats and broccoli.

 

2. Be Active

 Moderate amounts of physical activity can boost fertility, lower your risk of complications during pregnancy and speed up your recovery after delivery.

However, too much exercise can have the opposite effect. Lots of strenuous physical activity, like five or more hours of high-intensity exercise per week, can rob your body of the precious nutrients you need to conceive.

 

3. Reduce Stress

Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when it’s stressed. And too much cortisol can interfere with fertility. So, it’s important to reduce your stress levels as much as possible when you’re trying to conceive. Yoga, meditation, hypnosis and therapy are all effective ways to relieve stress.

 

4. Limit Caffeine

One study showed that women who consume 500 milligrams or more of caffeine per day take up to 9.5 months longer to conceive. High caffeine intake is also linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. So, it’s best to limit caffeine when trying to conceive and during pregnancy.

For reference, 8 ounces of coffee has 95 milligrams of caffeine and a 16-ounce bottle of pop has 39 milligrams.

5. Avoid Alcohol

Research shows that women who drink regularly take longer to get pregnant than those who don’t drink. Alcohol has been linked to other infertility issues as well.

It’s best to limit your alcohol intake when trying to conceive. Better yet, avoid it altogether.

 

6. Take Vitamins and Supplements

Women who struggle to conceive may lack certain nutrients, such as vitamins D, B6 and B12. There are many over-the-counter options to boost vitamin intake.

And if you’re not getting enough antioxidants through your diet, you can take a supplement, like vitamins C or E, to strengthen your body’s defenses against free radicals.

Pre-natal vitamins can also boost your fertility due to the folic acid, listed as “folate” on the bottle. Doctors recommend taking 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily.

If your body is already getting enough nutrients, adding more nutrients via pills won’t increase your chances of getting pregnant. In fact, they can actually be harmful to your body. Talk with your doctor before taking a new vitamin or supplement.

 

7. Get Enough Sleep

A good night’s rest helps reduce stress, repair damaged cells and regulate hormones.

So, try to develop a regular sleep routine.

 

Expert Medical Advice in Southgate and Brownstown, Michigan

The doctors at Northline Women’s Health Center can work with you to help you enjoy a successful pregnancy and delivery. Schedule an appointment with our office today.

 

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