FREE FERTILITY SEMINAR!
Know someone that’s trying to conceive? Come listen to Dr Gehlbach speak about protecting your fertility future at North Kansas City Hospital, Thursday, Oct. 11th at 6 to 7 p.m
AND bring a friend!
Protect Your Fertility With These Five Tactics
For many couples, trying to get pregnant for the first time can be very stressful—especially if it isn’t happening as quickly as
expected. First, get yourself healthy by eliminating unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and poor eating habits. recent study in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests that the following strategies might help you and your partner conceive more quickly.
Plan ahead for fertility.
Women generally become less fertile after age 35 and men after age 45. Although it might take longer, pregnancy is still an option. When planning your family, talk to your doctor and weigh the pros and cons of waiting.
Step on the scale.
In this study, women on both ends of the scale—those who were underweight or obese—had a much more difficult time conceiving than women of normal weight. But it’s not only up to women. According to other studies, it’s important for women and men to eat a balanced diet and focus on weight issues before trying to get pregnant.
Kick the habit
Quitting smoking can protect the fertility of both men and women, so couples are advised to stop smoking.
Put down the alcohol.
Excessive drinking may affect the quality and quantity of sperm. It also has been linked to higher miscarriage rates. Both women and men who are trying to have a baby should abstain from alcohol while trying to conceive.
Curb those coffee and tea breaks.
In this study, women who drank seven or more cups of caffeinated coffee or tea daily had more difficulty getting pregnant than those who drank fewer cups or none at all. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health advises women who are thinking about becoming pregnant to limit or avoid caffeine. Be aware that some medications may keep you and your partner from getting pregnant. For example, men who take medicine for ulcers, psoriasis or high blood pressure might face a higher risk for fertility problems