Have you been trying to conceive without much luck? Give these five simple lifestyle changes a try.
Be sure to maintain a healthy weight
Most of your bodily functions work best when you maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 19 and 25. This number is not a perfect indicator, as it does not take into account muscle mass. Nevertheless, it is easy to calculate and provides a reasonable sense of whether or not your weight is within the healthy range. If you are significantly overweight, it may throw your reproductive cycles out of rhythm, while women who are underweight may produce too little estrogen or even cease ovulating altogether.
Watch what you eat
Throughout history, women have tried using all sorts of different foods in order to boost their fertility. Most of these have little basis in science and there’s no single food that will guarantee a pregnancy. Nevertheless, most doctors agree that a diet rich in lean proteins, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and dairy products can increase your chances.
Drink water instead of coffee
Some evidence suggests that very high levels of caffeine may decrease your chances of becoming pregnant. Coffee is also a diuretic, which means it will dehydrate you if you drink too much. And when your body is dehydrated, your cervical fluid, which sperm have to swim through to reach the egg, may get thicker. Staying hydrated has all sorts of benefits, so grab an extra glass of H2O. If u are Caffeine addict 1-2 cap/day is ok.
If you haven’t already, quit smoking
Smoking is directly linked to multiple forms of cancer, as well as lung problems including emphysema, and has been proven to dramatically reduce life-expectancy, and it also may decrease your chances of becoming pregnant and can harm the fetus once you do. The negative effects only continue after a child is born, since second-hand smoke can be deadly. So if you are trying to conceive, now is the time to end this dangerous habit.
Your body doesn’t perform well under stress, so it pays to address any sources of anxiety you might have. Studies have consistently shown that when other species of animals are under duress, fertility rates tend to drop precipitously. If you’ve been under a lot of pressure at work lately, consider incorporating yoga, breathing techniques, or meditation into your daily routine.
If the above tips don’t lead to conception, you still have lots of options to explore. Everyone has a different path to starting their family, and the team at Bangkok Hospital Siriroj is here to help you on your journey. Make an appointment at our Women’s Clinic for a consultation.