Kansas City Fertility Center Offers Resolutions to Support a Healthy Pregnancy in 2016
The new year can be an exciting time for fresh beginnings, and they often start with New Year’s resolutions. For some women, that can include plans to get pregnant.
Living a healthy lifestyle sets the foundation for good reproductive health. For those planning to become pregnant in 2016, Dr. Dan Gehlbach shares resolutions you can make to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.
Take these steps toward a healthy pregnancy in 2016
Stop using birth control. Discontinue use of birth control to allow your hormone levels to re-set. This will also allow you to track your period and learn when ovulation (the time you’re most likely to get pregnant) occurs.
Find out if you need to update your vaccinations. Some illnesses during pregnancy could be harmful to your child. Talk to our Kansas City fertility center or obgyn about any vaccines you may need before pregnancy.
Men should avoid low testosterone treatments. Low T or low testosterone treatments can actually cause a decrease in sperm count, so avoid them when trying to get pregnant.
Adopt a healthy diet. The foods that we eat are the building blocks for our hormones. Focus on eating fresh fruits, vegetables and foods rich in antioxidants, which help protect the egg and sperm from free radicals. Limit consumption of processed food, trans fats and animal protein.
Exercise daily. Excessive body fat can interfere with the production of your reproductive hormones—and increase the risk of complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Getting at least 30 minutes of daily exercise can help you decrease body fat and maintain a healthy body weight.
Stop smoking and limit alcohol consumption. Smoking increases the risks of every aspect of reproductive health for women and men, and both drinking and smoking can make it harder to get pregnant.
Consult with a fertility specialist to determine if you have any undiagnosed problems that could prevent you from getting pregnant. The good news is that 80 percent of those that partner with a fertility specialist will eventually get pregnant.
If you are interested in learning more about how to achieve a healthy pregnancy in 2016, Dr. Gehlbach and the team at our Kansas City fertility center provide cutting-edge, comprehensive care. Dr. Gehlbach has years of proven experience diagnosing and treating both male and female infertility.
Contact our Kansas City fertility center today to make an appointment to discuss your options.