I am always asked for my top fertility tips and it’s a question I find hard to answer. Why? Because there are so many, and I could talk about it for hours. Also the advice I give is very individual and dependent on your own fertility journey. So my tips for one lady will differ for the next. However if you put a gun to my head to choose 8 fertility tips that will make a huge difference to optimising your ability to conceive….then these would be them.
Get to know your body.
Out of all my fertility tips, this is without doubt the place to start. There is so much you can find out about your menstrual cycle and ovulation by observing your natural fertility indicators. Your natural fertility indicators are your temperature, cervical mucus and the position of your cervix (optional indicator) and how these all change throughout the menstrual cycle to indicate when you are becoming fertile and when you ovulate.
Everyone knows that you shouldn’t smoke when you are pregnant but few women realise the impact that smoking can have on your fertility. The shocking facts are that smoking ages your ovaries by 10 years and smoking can adversely affect the ease in which the egg travels don the fallopian tubes to meet the sperm. Men can’t get away with smoking when trying to conceive either; men who smoke have a 30-70% lower sperm count than men who do. The good news for men is that 3 months after stopping smoking the quality of their sperm will be greatly improved.
Consider your weight.
Are you overweight, underweight or about right? If you are overweight it is very likely that your hormone balance will be affected. You may find that your cycles are irregular and in some circumstances you may not be ovulating regularly. If you are underweight then the delicate balance of your hormones can be severely compromised and you may have stopped your periods and not be ovulating at all. Check that you have the correct body mass index for your height and weight here http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx
Do you need supplements?
I am a firm believer that if you are eating a healthy balanced diet then you don’t need to take a bottle load of supplements. However there are two that you absolutely should be taking – Folic Acid and Vitamin D. Folic acid helps to prevent against neural tube defects such as spina bifida. In the UK many women are Vitamin D deficient, vitamin D helps to prevent against a baby being born with brittle bones but importantly Vitamin D has fertility inducing properties. There are other supplements that I recommend for specific conditions such as PCOS, and of which I have seen huge benefits for regulating cycles and helping women conceive. If you would like information supplements for specific conditions – get in touch.
Reduce your alcohol content.
In an ideal world it would be preferable not to drink alcohol at all when trying to conceive. However for some couples this may not be possible and there is clear evidence of the relaxation benefits to having an occasional glass of wine at the end of a busy and stressful week. I advise women not to drink more than 4 units of alcohol a week (a couple of glasses of wine) and men no more than 6. Spirits are a big ‘no no’ and lager is toxic to sperm so if anything a glass of red wine is always best.
Get your vital tests done.
You don’t have to have been trying to conceive for ages before you can ask your Doctor to do some initial tests. At anytime you can ask for a blood test to check your fertility and your partner can ask for a sperm test. It’s best to be armed with all the vital information and then you can take action if needed. Ask your doctor for a full hormone panel and get your thyroid checked also. There are other blood tests that you should get checked too but these are the first level your doctor will do for you.
Get a sexual health screen.
Certain sexually transmitted infections can impact on your fertility and it’s a good idea to get your sexual health checked. If necessarily infections such as Chlamydia can be treated before they affect your ability to conceive.
Be pregnancy ready.
In the above 7 fertility tips, I’ve talked about all the things you can do to optimise your fertility. Getting pregnancy ready encompasses all of these but also encourages you to consider all lifestyle aspects such as exercise, stress, sleep and your exposure to toxins. Why not find out more about how you can make positive steps to improve your fertility and get pregnancy ready by signing up for my 30 Days to Boost Your Fertility online programme. At the minute it’s at a hugely discounted price, so don’t delay take 30 days to do all you can to boost your fertility to make 2018 the year you two become three!