Learn how you can increase your fertility and get pregnant On this page Overview Ovulation Hormone tests Optimising your diet Controlling weight Prenatal supplements Optimising your lifestyle Work-life balance Exercise Medications Pollution Mind, body & spirit Treatment Self-help book 1. Overview There are many things you can change in your life to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Making as many changes as you can to all aspects of your life will have the biggest impact on improving your fertility. Firstly, stop taking any birth control medication. 2. Watch out for ovulation It's important to watch and discover the subtle sign and symptoms that your body gives off during your fertile window. For example, there are several symptoms of ovulation, when you're releasing an egg and should be trying to conceive. These include Twinges Cervical mucus Bloating Increased appetite Increase libido Tiredness Cravings for sugar Lower back pain Some of these symptoms, such as tiredness, craving for sugar and lower back pain n highlight fertility problems. 3. Have your hormone levels tested It's very useful to have your fertility hormone levels tested by your doctor or at a private lab and receive medical advice. Men can also have their semen tested including their sperm count to assess their fertility. 4. Optimise your diet Drink no more than two glasses of alcohol a week. Red wine is better for blood. Some people say don't drink any alcohol at all when trying for a baby. I don't agree. Drinking some alcohol a week is good for the body and reduces stress. Of course, when you become pregnant, don't drink any alcohol Optimise your diet to include more protein, fish and iron. Eat less gluten and refined sugars Stop your caffeine intake, for both men and women 5. Control your weight It's important to maintain a healthy weight for optimal fertility. Don’t diet. Exercise if you need lose body weight. Use the waist-hip ratio to determine if you need to lose weight rather than the body mass index (BMI) score You need at least 22% body fat, so don't lose too much weight so to ensure a healthy pregnancy 6. Take a prenatal vitamin It's important to take a good quality prenatal supplement that has a broad range of vitamins and minerals including folic acid every day. 7. Optimise your lifestyle Don’t have a bath after you ovulate. Have a shower instead as heat around the abdomen can cause an embryo to dislodge from your uterus wall Don’t lift anything heavy Don’t smoke Reduce your use of technology, i.e. cell phones, tablets, laptops as these drain your energy making you weak, which damages your fertility Sleep around 10pm and for 7-8 hours. Don't sleep later than 10pm as this weakens you Slow down your pace of life. Going too fast uses a lot of energy that could otherwise be used for your fertility Wear the right clothes and footwear for the season you are in, for example thermals in winter as this will aid blood flow around your body and therefore the regulation of your fertility hormones 8. Don't work long hours Don’t work night shifts as this greatly damages fertility Don't work more than 40 hours a week as this too greatly damages fertility I advise against taking your basal body temperature every day as this causes stress, which affects your hormones 9. Don't exercise to much Exercise 2-3 times a week, but no more as too much exercise damages fertility Practice qi gong or yoga 10. Check your medications Reduce your use of painkillers and SSRIs (always consult with your doctor first) as they damage fertility 11. Reduce your exposure to harmful pollutants Reduce your exposure to air pollution, chemicals, plastics and heavy metals as they all damage fertility 12. Good fertility is a state of mind Be positive and use an affirmation board to visualise your new baby Listen to your body. It knows best. Often we are in our minds and not listening to our body, which can mean we don't listen to our body telling us to slow down and take a break Practice mindfulness or meditation. This will help reduce anxiety and stress, which greatly impacts on fertility Reduce your stress and have fun as this too helps reduce anxiety and stress, thereby improving your fertility 13. How my treatment can help you Im a fertility expert and author of several self-help books dealing with fertility. My tailor-made treatment is good at boosting fertility in both men and women. Watch the video below to see how. 14. My Fertility Guide Learn more on how to increase male and female fertility by reading my new book, My Fertility Guide. Available on Amazon.