How To Get Pregnant Fast: Step 5 – : Lifestyle Tips To Boost Fertility

How To Get Pregnant Fast: Step 5 – : Lifestyle Tips To Boost Fertility

by Dr Emma Gray - 30th July, 2018

How to Get Pregnant Fast

This is the 5th blog in the series How to Get Pregnant Fast. In this article I am going to show you how to boost your fertility through lifestyle.

This blog will give you the key facts and highlights, for more details check out the book I have written to accompany this series: How To Get Pregnant Fast by Dr Emma Gray

Moderation is key, anything extreme (too much or too little) is likely to upset the natural balance of your fertility.

The Work-Life Balance

Finding a work-life balance is particularly important if you are trying to conceive because a lack of equilibrium here can lead to a whole range of problems from anxiety, depression and anger to physical health problems, all of which will have a negative impact on your fertility.

The best way to find a balance is to weigh up what you NEED to do against what you WANT to do. A good place to start is to depict your various time commitments in a pie chart and ask yourself if you are happy with what you see?

Weight & Exercise

Many women in the underweight and obese categories will not have a problem becoming pregnant. However, having a body weight outside of the normal range (Body Mass Index {BMI} 19-25) can disrupt your hormones which increases your chances of having problems with ovulation.

If your BMI is either less than 18 or greater than 29 you may need a combination of nutritional and psychological support to bring your weight back within the normal range.

Exercise

Moderation again is key. Regular workouts may improve reproductive function. On the other hand too much exercise can lower fertility. Mostly because there have been no controlled studies, follow the Department of Health’s advice regarding exercise:

Also, this is not the time to start a rigorous exercise programme if this is not what your body is used to, even if your BMI or body fat percentage stays the same the stress can have a negative effect on fertility.

Alcohol, Smoking and Sleeping

There are three exceptions to the moderation rule, alcohol, smoking and sleeping.

1. Alcohol

Studies on alcohol and fertility have produced mixed findings. The book that accompanies this series goes into more detail but, in summary, drinking more than 6 units per week can have a negative impact on women’s fertility.

The Department of Health advises that women trying to get pregnant should avoid alcohol altogether. If you choose to drink, the recommendations for women are to drink no more than 1-2 units, once or twice a week.

For Men, keep in mind that drinking more than three to four units of alcohol a day can damage sperm.

2. Smoking

Both active and passive smoking affects fertility. Smokers take longer to conceive than non-smokers and are more likely to have fertility problems.  So, if you are serious about getting pregnant fast, stop smoking. The good news is that most of the negative effects of smoking on fertility are reversed a year after stopping smoking.

3. Sleep

An adequate amount of sleep is necessary to balance a number of fertility hormones. So, to protect your fertility get a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night. To boost your fertility aim for 8-9 hours.

Good luck on your fertility journey!


Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleague once described me as natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.


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