How can I Increase my Chances of Getting Pregnant Naturally?
There are many things you can do on your own to naturally increase your chance for conception. Here are a few of top methods I tell my patients to follow:
Don’t put it off
Over the past decade, females are progressively taking more time focus on their professional lives before building a family. Due to this, many are not trying to conceive until well into their thirties. As females we are born with a certain number of eggs and then lose them as we age; and we lose them more rapidly after turning 35 years old. The quality changes drastically too. If you are under 35 then take a year to try; however if you’re 35 or older you’ll want to seek help after trying to conceive for 6 months. Your fertility may be in great shape, but a few simple tests will give you information about how aggressive to be.
How important is it to be a healthy weight? A BMI of 19-24 is normal. A BMI of less than 19 or greater than 30 can cause irregular cycles and irregular ovulation. With obesity, pregnancy rates and success rates with IVF are both decreased. Miscarriages, risk for gestational diabetes and hypertension (pre-eclampsia) are also increased. See your health care provider to determine the healthiest, most effective way for you to attain a healthy weight for conception.
Focus on foods high in antioxidants. A “Mediterranean diet” is a good example. Increase seafood, fruits and vegetables. Limit your intake of red meat and saturated fats. Avoid foods that are overcooked, charred grilled, BBQ. Avoid overheating foods by boiling and microwaving. These foods can induce oxidative stress. Caffeine is okay to consume, however limit to two (8 oz) drinks a day.