Lifestyle has a major impact on our general health, including our fertility. The things we eat and the way in which we cope with stressful situations have a long-term impact on our health. Therefore, trying to eat a healthy and balanced diet along with keeping active will be a positive step in improving fertility performance. At the Reproductive Health Group we believe that being healthy before starting fertility treatment helps to achieve a successful pregnancy outcome. Our consultants’ team works very closely with leading nutritional therapist and expert in stress management, Celia Cooper, who practises at the UK first integrated fertility hospital, Centre for Reproductive Health, Daresbury Park.
Our fertility is affected by many factors. We have no influence on some of them, including for instance on some diseases. Hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorders, endometriosis or fallopian tube obstruction in women are barriers to conceiving a child, which have to be overcome with the help of fertility treatment. However, we have an influence on many other things. If you are planning to start a family, take to heart the following guidelines:
Keeping to a healthy weight
You will feel better and be healthier if you can achieve a healthy weight. Bear in mind that any deviations from normal weight may have a negative impact on fertility. Excessive dieting is also not beneficial to our health. Inappropriate body weight results in ovulatory disturbance and lower quality of semen, which impairs chances of pregnancy.
Choose foods that will nourish you
Make a list of the things that you eat during the entire week. Think about what might be helpful to cut out of your diet and what healthier meals and snacks you could eat instead. Choosing foods rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals and healthy fats will be helpful. Taking a good quality fertility supplement containing vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin D, selenium, zinc, vitamin B and vitamin C is important too. Fertility vitamin products for women will contain folic acid, which prevents nervous system defects in the fetus.
A good night’s sleep
Try to have a good sleep routine and this will help you feel rested even during busy times. Sleep effectively regenerates your body and helps reduce stress. When you are tired it is also more tempting to reach for those sugary quick fixes or caffeinated drinks, sending our blood sugar levels up and down throughout the day.
High stress may make it more difficult to conceive a child. Finding the right techniques for you to help you unwind is important. It might be yoga, going for a walk, gardening or cooking. Whatever is right for you, try to make time to fit them into your diary.
Regular exercise not only makes you less prone to diseases but also improves performance and strengthens your immune system. It helps you maintain a healthy weight and can help reduce stress. Finding something you enjoy doing with a partner or friends, makes it more likely for you to commit to.
Refined sugars, alcohol and caffeine are best kept to a minimum or cut out completely for optimum health. Cut down gradually and you will find that your habits have changed. Once you start to feel better for the changes they will be easier to stick to.
Women’s fertility decreases significantly after the age of 35. Women over the age of 40 have even smaller chances of getting pregnant. Men’s fertility also decreases with age, as their sperm cells age very much like the entire body. The older the reproductive cells, the smaller the chances of fertilisation. Even though you look and feel great, you may have difficulty conceiving.
Therefore, take care of yourself and try to make sure that your lifestyle does not prevent you from fulfilling your biggest dreams. If you are experiencing difficulties seek professional advice for the appropriate tests and treatment. You can organise an appointment with our experienced team by clicking here.