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Preparing your body for Pregnancy

Preparation is often the key to success when trying to conceive as well as optimizing the chances of fertility treatment success.
The more we know about the holistic nature of the body, and mind-body connection – the more we observe that preparing for pregnancy is a beneficial step before trying to conceive (TTC).

Schedule a preconception appointment with a fertility specialist

If you haven’t done so already, it may be helpful to schedule a preconception appointment with a gynecologist and let him/her know you are ready to get pregnant.
During the appointment, your personal medical history and reproductive history will be closely evaluated. The physician will look for any red flags indicating infertility factors or concerns such as irregular or painful periods, and pelvic discomfort.  If asked about your sexual and reproductive history, it is best to be honest with your physician. Failure to mention details could mean miss the opportunity to identify, change, or correct any underlying conditions that may threaten your fertility.

Refrain from smoking and drinking

There are numerous reasons to quit smoking (and this includes marijuana) that go beyond the desire to get pregnant. Smoking correlates with multiple fertility issues, starting with difficulty conceiving to challenges carrying a healthy, full-term, normal-weight baby.
It has been documented that overconsuming alcohol may have effects on your ability to conceive – and the line between “moderate” and “too much” is different for every person.  Thus, “alcoholic abstinence” may be recommended to boost your fertility outcome if you and your partner are thinking of starting or growing your family.

Focus on your BMI

There is a direct link between women’s body mass index (BMI) and fertility rates. Those with a BMI below or above the 20 – 25 range have higher infertility rates (“normal” weight BMI range is 18.5 – 25).
When the female body has lower fat stores it may cause hormone imbalances that can hinder ovulation. Being overweight/obese may lead to insulin resistance and hormone imbalances. Men who are obese also have higher infertility rates.

Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet

It may be a good idea to prioritizes foods that fight inflammation.  This can reduce symptoms and impact of underlying health issues and optimizes reproductive function.
Cut out processed foods and try to ensure you are getting your nutrient needs met via the foods you eat.  When grocery shopping, look out for food products that promote preservatives, chemicals, hormones, and antibiotic-free meats and produce, which lowers your exposure to environmental factors known to negatively impact fertility in men and women.

Make light exercise a part of your day

Now may be a good time to implement light to moderate exercise for 30-minutes per day, five days a week. Doing so may reduce insulin resistance, promote weight loss, and develop positive heart health.
Here are some ways to integrate exercise into your daily routine such as:
• Walk or bike to run errands or to get around town if possible
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator
• Park further away from your destination to get some extra steps in
• Yoga

 

Following these key points, when preparing your body for pregnancy, may help you get pregnant faster. It will also support your fertility plan if you need to go the fertility treatment route.
Is it taking you longer than you planned to conceive? Visit our webpage, Fertility Assessment, to learn more.