There is absolutely not a one size fits all method of getting pregnant or growing your family.
Some families are lucky enough to conceive naturally, some need IVF, some have egg donation as an option, and others choose to adopt.
Fertility issues affect around 15% of couples, and that is rising. Whilst there is no ‘fix all’ solution to conception, there are some ways that you can give your body the best chance by getting into a healthy state.
Here are a few ways to do that.
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat.
In this case, you want to be rich in antioxidants, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folate, and Iron. Folate and Zinc are two of the important ones that you and your partner can both indulge in.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the more nutritious, the better. One study found that eating a bigger healthy breakfast might improve the hormonal effect of PCOS, which is a common cause of infertility. In addition, women who consumed more substantial breakfasts ovulated 30% more than women who are smaller breakfasts.
Of course, it’s not advisable to eat more without considering weight gain. If you are conscious about upping your morning meals, add in some exercise, or take calories from your lunch to eat as breakfast.
Don’t forget fibre. This one is super important because you are looking to keep your blood sugars balanced and rid your body of excess hormones. The more balance you can bring to your body, the better. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans will help you get rid of any extra estrogen. There is a definite link with the impact of fibre on fertility, so keep it in mind.
Yes, you are choosing to change the way you eat, but every little helps. Taking a multivitamin will give you all of those minerals that you might not be getting from your diet. A study found that including vitamin E and vitamin B6 improved the chances of conception.
Overweight people often struggle with getting pregnant. It is often the case that they will take longer to conceive and be advised to lose weight to help with the issue. As with all things though, moderation and balance is key. Gentle exercise such as walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help whereas conversely, excess high-intensity exercise can have negative impacts.
If you are busy trying to eat well, drink enough water, hold down a job, walk the dog, keep yourself clean, tidy the house, and take care of all of your other responsibilities it stands to reason that adding this on top will make it hard to relax.
However, lower stress levels create a more hospitable place. Stress and anxiety can kick in very quickly when you want something so badly. However, using something like the Calm app or Headspace to relax every evening will help combat those stress levels and give you some downtime.