Having intercourse close to ovulation is one of the most common ways in which couples try to conceive a baby. But, there are many other options and methods to boost fertility naturally. Here are 10 natural ways to boost fertility when trying to conceive.
Maintain Your Weight
Dutch researchers have found that even women with normal cycles will have more difficulties getting pregnant if they are overweight or obese. So stay fit, keep active and healthy to be sure that your BMI is at an average number.
The best source of vitamins and minerals comes from food – dairy products, honey, garlic and ones that are rich in fibres and zinc have been said to boost fertility. Read our list of fabulous fertility foods to find out more.
Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Although the consumption of caffeine has not officially been proven to lessen ones fertility, high caffeine consumption has been linked with lowering the success rates of IVF. So, instead of waiting to get pregnant to cut down on the beans, start now.
Put Out The Fire and Say No to Drugs
There are many reasons, aside from boosting ones fertility, to quit bad habits. When trying to conceive, smoking and other drugs are harmful for the development of sperm and may prematurely age the ovaries.
Too much consumption of alcohol has been found to impair ovulation and sperm production. So keep track on the number of glasses you decide to throw back.
Stress is another factor that can definitely affect fertility for both men and women. Try to relax as much as possible. Take up yoga or try and meditate once in a while if a vacation is out of the picture.
Soak Up Sunshine
Higher levels of vitamin D results in an increase in female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen which may regulate periods as all as improves sperm count for men which increases the chances of conception.
Keep Track of Your Calendar
A woman trying to conceive should consider keeping track of her cycle to know when she is ovulating and when it’s best for her to try and conceive. Don’t obsess over the calendar though, you may stress yourself out. Fortunately for us, there are apps that make the tracking process a whole lot easier.
Water is good for you, period. “If you don’t drink enough water, the reproductive system will lose out as the body ensures that the more vital organs receive what they need first,” says fertility expert Zita West.
Be Sexually Active
One of the most obvious things to do when trying to conceive is to have sex. Sperm lives for days whereas eggs have a 24 hour window which is why regular intercourse can heighten the chances of getting pregnant.
References: www.zitawest.com, www.health.com, www.parents.com, www.mirror.co.uk