How can I boost my fertility?Getting pregnant isn’t easy, but there are things you (and your partner) can do to boost your fertility and your chances of conceiving each cycle? Having regular intercourse will certainly help, but there are a variety of other ways to help your body get to its most fertile state.
Total healthYour general health and fertility health are more closely related than you might think: fertility is just one component of your total body health, after all. Increase your chances of conceiving and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy by keeping your general health strong. Be sure to get enough sleep, stay active, and maintain a healthy diet.
Your body rebuilds and recovers while you’re sleeping, so getting enough rest is very important to maintain the timing of your menstrual cycle. In addition, your body produces the hormone leptin while you are asleep. Leptin helps regulate your cycle and ensure that you ovulate and menstruate. Getting enough sleep will also help to prevent or manage stress, which can seriously hamper fertility. Ovia starts you out with a sleep goal of 8 hours each night.
Another key piece of your general health is physical activity. Staying active is important for keeping your body strong (which you’ll need when you’re supporting a baby during pregnancy) and managing your weight. Regular exercise can help you manage stress, which can often affect your cycle. Women who are trying to conceive should make sure to stay active, whether that’s by walking, lifting weights, doing yoga, or anything else. We recommend getting at least 30 minutes of activity each day.
The human body is a well-oiled machine, and like all machines, it needs the highest-quality fuel possible to run at its best. Processed and fried foods, alcohol, and low-fat dairy products, among others, can have a considerable negative effect on your fertility. You need lots of folate, Vitamin C, and other healthy nutrients to keep your ovulation as regular as possible. Keeping to a diet high in fruits, leafy greens, and lean proteins (salmon, eggs, chicken, etc.) is sure to get your body as fertile as possible and prepare you for pregnancy.
Having both too high and too low a weight has a considerable effect on fertility. Women who are overweight may notice irregular ovulations and are more likely to experience the condition of infertility known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Those who are significantly underweight also face a more difficult road to pregnancy, as it can seriously affect your hormonal balance and cycle regularity.
Getting and keeping yourself at a healthy weight with the help of proper sleep, activity, and nutrition is a great way to help boost your fertility and chances of conceiving.
Both partners matter!
In cases of infertility, both partners are often equally likely to contribute to difficulties conceiving. For example, approximately ⅓ of cases of infertility affect the woman only, while ⅓ affect the man only, and the other ⅓ have unknown causes. The very same things that can help or harm your fertility can also affect your partner’s. On the negative side, being overweight or overly stressed, smoking and drinking alcohol, and using drugs can hurt fertility; on the positive side, getting proper sleep, activity, and nutrition can boost fertility. Getting pregnant is a game for two, so it’s important that both you and your partner keep yourselves as healthy and fit as possible as you try to conceive.
Keeping your general health strong is a vital but often overlooked part of conceiving. All of the sex positions, oil-based lubricants, and fertility dances in the world won’t help you get pregnant if your general health is not where it should be.