Ready for Pregnancy - Tips for improving your fertility
Planning to have a baby can be exciting. It can also be an anxious time for both parents-to-be, who are making plans for a huge change in their lives.
That’s why as part of its #ReadyforPregnancy campaign, Frimley Health and Care have put together some tips on helping mums and dads maximise their chances of being fertile.
Dr Anne Deans, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Chief of Service Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Frimley Health says:
“Some people get pregnant quickly, but for others it can take longer. There’s lots to learn about the risk factors behind infertility and how to avoid them.
“Around one in seven couples may have difficulty becoming pregnant. It’s a good idea to seek help if you have not conceived after a year of trying“.
“Stopping smoking is one of the best things a woman and her partner can do to protect the health of their baby through pregnancy and beyond. Smoking has also been linked to increased miscarriage risk, stillbirth and infant mortality.
“If you are overweight, the best way to protect your health and your baby’s wellbeing is to lose weight before you become pregnant. By reaching a healthy weight, you increase your chances of conceiving naturally and reduce the chance of problems associated with being overweight in pregnancy”
Frimley & Wexham Maternity Voices Partnership Co-chair Kate Hargreaves says:
“Taking regular exercise and being active can boost fertility levels in both men and women, plus if you work-out together, it can be more fun. Being active before and during pregnancy can also reduce your risk of having problems in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia.
“It’s also worth making sure you include ‘fertility superfoods’ including bananas, oranges, carrots, asparagus, garlic, almonds and tomatoes. Make them a regular part of your diet to increase your chances of conceiving naturally”.
Eating certain foods can boost fertility, and there’s a lot both you and your partner can do to improve your diet and increase your chances of conceiving. Fertility superfoods include bananas, oranges, carrots, asparagus, garlic, almonds and tomatoes. Make them a regular part of your diet to increase your chances of conceiving naturally.
Stress can have a huge impact on fertility and it can also lower libido. Make sure you find time to do whatever it is that helps you to relax; before, during and after pregnancy
Drink more water
If you don’t drink enough water, it can affect your fertility. Water creates plump egg follicles and a strong blood supply to the womb lining. Plus your reproductive system loses out as the body ensures your vital organs receive what they need first. Keep a reusable bottle nearby at all times, and keep it regularly topped up.
Reducing or cutting out alcohol
If you are trying to conceive, reduce or eliminate alcohol altogether, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.