While many people don’t give conception a thought, it just happens for them naturally, for a huge number of women getting pregnant seems to be an endless and frustrating struggle. While we’ll never truly know why the chances of conceiving seem to differ from one person to another, there are several ways in which you can boost your fertility and improve your chances of becoming pregnant…
Watch your weight and eat well
Women who are obese or overweight will find it harder to conceive than those who are a healthy weight. If you are overweight, it’s important to try your best to cut down on unhealthy foods, keep your portion sizes in check and get plenty of exercise. Ensuring you eat a healthy diet, full of fresh fruit and vegetables will make sure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to be the perfect environment to conceive and grow a baby. However, it’s also important to know that being underweight can also adversely affect your fertility, so if you’re very thin, try not to skip meals and ensure you’re eating properly every day.
Keep stress at bay
We know it’s easier said than done, but stress can seriously contribute to infertility. The sheer fact that you’re not able to get pregnant can cause you to feel very stressed, so it’s a vicious circle. So you’re increasing your chances of becoming pregnant if you learn to banish stress from your life. Take time out for yourself, take a walk in the beautiful Cyprus sunshine, learn meditation techniques and ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
Avoid eating out
It’s very hard to eat healthily when you’re eating out or ordering takeaway. When you eat out, you’re also more likely to overindulge in alcohol or caffeine, both of which will reduce your chances of conception. Make the most of cooking healthy meals at home to enjoy as you relax and unwind on an evening. Appreciate this quality time because when you have a little one, these quiet moments will be few and far between for quite a while!
We all know smoking is bad for our health, but it’s also bad for your fertility. Studies show that on average, smokers take an extra two months longer to get pregnant than non-smokers. Stop now before you get pregnant and you won’t risk the chance of discovering you’re several weeks pregnant and feeling guilty because you’ve been smoking and potentially harming your precious unborn child.
Understand your cycle
Learn when in your cycle you have the best chance of becoming pregnant. You’re most fertile during ovulation and for two or three days before. Ovulation occurs around 12 to 14 days before your period starts so if you don’t keep track of your periods, it’s time to start marking the calendar, or download one of the many period and ovulation tracker apps that are available.
Increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D have both been shown to give your fertility levels a boost. You can add extra calcium and vitamin D into your diet by increasing your intake of foods such as milk, cheese, eggs and fish but if in doubt you can take a vitamin supplement to ensure you’re not deficient in any of the important vitamins and minerals that are vital for conception and during pregnancy.
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