February 27, 2018

How can I change my Lifestyle to Enhance my Fertility?

One in seven couples struggle to conceive naturally, which is approximately 3.5 million in the UK. In many cases, the reason why couples may be struggling to get pregnant is unexplained. If you are wanting to have children but are finding it difficult to conceive, there are a range of simple lifestyle changes you could make to improve your chances of a live birth.

Say No to Alcohol

pregnant lifestyleEven small amounts of alcohol can affect the menstrual cycle and reduce the chance of conceiving in healthy people. Alcohol can also lower the testosterone levels and sperm quality and quantity in men. Men who are trying for children should opt for 3-4 units of alcohol a day at most, whereas women should have no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week.

Don’t Worry about Fertile Times

Women who are trying for a baby can quickly become obsessed about their most fertile times of the month. In fact, those who are concerned about their struggles with becoming pregnant should be having sexual intercourse every two to three days. Couples who limit their sexual intercourse to the days when their luteinising hormone is at its peak could significantly lessen their chances.

Eat Organically

Eating fresh and organic foods can mean your body will absorb the key antioxidants and nutrients it needs for trying to conceive. Non-organic foods tend to contain more pesticides, which have a negative impact on fertility. Zinc can help to improve the health and maturity of eggs, and can be found in turkey, chicken breast and nuts. Selenium is food for sperm health, formation and testosterone and is found in nuts, fish, eggs and mushrooms.

Quit Smoking

Smoking can affect your health in many ways, including your ability to conceive. Those who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems, and those who smoke heavily are likely to face an increase of fertility problems. Cigarettes release more than 7,000 chemicals throughout the body, which can delay ovulation, damage eggs and reduce sperm motility.

Reduce Stress

When a person is stressed, it can temporarily stop ovulation and disrupt hormone levels. For many people, stress is inevitable, but it can be combatted with the liked of deep breathing, yoga, meditation, massages and regular walks. Taking regular breaks from your working day or heading on holiday can also do wonders for your fertility levels.

At Nurture Fertility, we know it’s completely normal for couples to have doubts after a few months without success; for a lot of couples, it can take up to a year or more to conceive naturally. If you’re worried, we can help conduct an assessment to see if there is anything preventing you from getting pregnant.

For more information, you can contact a member of the Nurture Fertility team by calling us on 0115 896 1900 or via our contact page.