Did you know that even mild stressors can affect your fertility and decrease your chances of conceiving? To protect your fertility and even give it a boost, here are 3 lifestyle changes you can start doing today:
1. Get the Right Amount of Exercise
Being your healthiest weight creates a fertility-promoting environment for the woman and better sperm production for the man, which can increase your chances of conceiving.
But remember not to overdo your exercise routine when trying to achieve your ideal weight. For women, vigorous exercise can disrupt your cycle and cause you to miss your periods.
According to Dr. William Schoolcraft, MD, founder and medical director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine in Denver and author of If at First You Don't Conceive,” intense exercise sessions cause the body to break down the proteins in muscles, producing ammonia, a pregnancy-inhibiting chemical.”
So go on gym dates and motivate one another to reach your weight goals while also keeping a watchful eye that you’re not putting too much pressure on yourselves.
2. Eat Well Together
Studies have shown that folic acid or the synthetic form of folate can improve ovulation. It’s recommended that women take between 400 and 800 mcg each day to reduce their chances of miscarriage and men who consume high levels of folic acid can lower their risk of sperm abnormalities. A study funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy found “a link between high levels of the nutrient in men’s diets and the genetic quality of their sperm.”
So encourage each other to eat well. Take daily supplements to complement your diets that are high in folate, iron, vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and adequate in protein. Avoid foods that could have a negative effect on fertility like trans-fat which has been found to decrease the body’s ability to react to insulin.
3. Help Each Other Kick Bad Habits
Did you know that alcohol can have an adverse effect on both your reproductive systems by affecting the menstrual cycle and lowering testosterone levels and sperm quality?
And according to Dr. Geetha Venkat, director of the Harley Street Fertility Clinic, “Smokers are more likely to have fertility problems and a heavy smoker’s risk of fertility problems is increased even more. When you smoke, more than 7,000 chemicals spread through your body, which hinder ovulation, damage eggs and sperm motility.”
Remember that you’re in this together and that you can both benefit from giving your fertility a boost by exercising and eating right and motivating each other to kick bad habits. And because you know your partner is right by your side supporting you through these lifestyle changes, your stress levels are significantly decreased which is also an excellent way to improve your fertility.