Getting pregnant is not always easy. In fact for a couple with no fertility problems, the chance of getting pregnant is just 25% every month. However, anyone can improve their chances of conception simply by following our conception checklist. Just remember, it takes around 3 months for changes to take effect.
Sounds obvious, but it is really is important to be close to your ideal weight when trying for a baby. Being over or under weight can not only lower a woman's chances of conceiving, it can also predispose the baby to birth defects such as cleft palate and diabetes. More Science...
One study led by Dr. Van der Steeg, a medical researcher at the Academic Medical Center in The Netherlands, showed that even women who regularly ovulate experience sub-fertility when their BMI
(body mass index) is in the overweight or obese category. Someone experiencing sub-fertility has a lower than normal chance of becoming pregnant, but unlike women suffering from infertility,
spontaneous pregnancy is still likely.
Smoking - including passive smoking, is associated with prematurity and low birthweights, increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and asthma. Harmful substances from smoke can be stored in fat and take a while to eliminate, meaning smoking should be stopped as soon as possible. More Science...
Research has found that the more cigarettes a woman smokes a day, the longer she will take to get pregnant.
Stop drinking alcohol.
Harmful substances associated with alcohol can be stored in fat and take up to a month to eliminate from the body. Fetal alcohol syndrome can cause serious defects and learning disabilities -- some of which might not show up for several years. More Science...
A study led by Dr Brooke Rossi has determined that couples who share a bottle of wine a week reduce their chances of having a baby through IVF by more than a quarter. Doctors at Harvard
medical school, in Boston, asked 2,574 couples about their drinking habits shortly before they embarked on a course of IVF treatment.
Stop taking recreational drugs.
All recreational drugs have an adverse effect on a developing fetus baby, with cocaine being linked to birth defects when used just before conceiving. Marijuana has been found to stop ovulation and in men, cocaine and marijuana have been found to lower sperm counts. More Science...
Cocaine use tends to affect men more than women, although cocaine use during pregnancy can significantly increase a fetus' risk of birth defects. In men, cocaine use has been found to lower sperm
counts, reduce the sperms' motility and increase the number of abnormal sperm. Using cocaine just before conceiving has also been linked to birth defects in children.
One study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine to determine the impact of nutritional supplementation on female fertility, concluded that nutritional supplements could provide
an alternative or adjunct to conventional fertility therapies.
Reduce caffeine intake.
Health studies suggest that increased amounts of caffeine may lower a woman's chance of conceiving - although evidence is lacking.
One study suggested that fertility is only affected when women drink more than about 300 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is the equivalent to about two 8-ounce cups of drip-brewed coffee, four 8-ounce cups of tea (hot or iced), nine caffeinated sodas, or 15 ounces of dark chocolate. Another study found that fertility was only affected when more than 500mg of caffeine was consumed. More Science...
A recent study performed on mice found that caffeine inhibits the contractions of the muscles in the fallopian tube, so the egg stops getting transported. Even though the research was done on mice, the amount of caffeine that produced the infertility in mice was equivalent to that which is in about a couple cups of coffee for humans. But much more research is needed to determine how much caffeine is necessary to impair fertility in humans. [ x ]
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