If you’re struggling to get pregnant, you’re not alone. 1 in 7 couples in the UK have difficulties conceiving. There are, however, a number of things that you can do to help your fertility, so here are my top 5 tips
Top 5 tips
- Eat a healthy diet. Being over or underweight affects fertility. Eating a healthy, balanced diet (plenty of fruit & veg, less junk, drinking water) helps your body be in optimum condition to conceive. Don’t forget to take folic acid for when the magic happens…
- Avoid alcohol & caffeine. Alcohol restricts fertility levels. Caffeine is thought to restrict the growth of a developing baby – so limit the coffee. Women have a 40% lower chance of getting pregnant if they smoke (BMA) – another good reason to stop.
- Exercise. Whilst excessive exercise can lead to problems with your menstrual cycle and ovulation, regular exercise in order to have a fit, healthy body is a good idea. Exercise is also a great stress-buster (see point 4). So less ultra-marathon training, but more gentle runs.
- Avoid stress. I know that being told “just relax and it will happen” is possibly one of the most annoying phrases you can hear when you’re trying to get pregnant. But avoiding stress is important: it is thought to interfere with hormones affecting ovulation. In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that your emotional state can have a significant impact on your health. So try and find something that helps you switch off – and try not to spend every waking moment thinking about it. (Yes, I know it’s hard. Been there. Done it. But it’s worth the effort)
- Sex. You need to be having regular sex – especially in the days leading up to ovulation. Sperm have a lifespan of about 5 days, an egg has a lifespan of 12-24 hours. So you should aim to have plenty of sperm ready and waiting! If you’re wondering when you ovulate, look for an egg-white like discharge mid-cycle. Oh, and you’re allowed to have sex when you’re not about to ovulate too: ask anyone who has struggled to get pregnant and they’ll tell you that baby-sex isn’t always that much fun – better to enjoy yourself throughout the month 😉
I struggled for years (4 to be precise) to get pregnant. It was, finally, acupuncture that tipped the balance. So I know it works! If you’d like to know more, and if acupuncture could help you, do get in touch.