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How can I increase my fertility?

There are many things you can change in your life to increase your fertility. Making as many changes as you can to all aspects of your life will have the biggest impact on improving your fertility. It's never about just changing one thing, making lots of little changes has the best results.

Good fertility is a state of mind

  • Be positive and use an affirmation board to visulise 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

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
  • Optimise your diet to include more protein, fish and iron. Eat less gluten and refined sugars

Control your weight

  • Don’t diet. Exercise if you need loose weight. Use the waist-hip ratio to determine if you need to loose weight rather than the BMI score
  • You need at least 22% body fat, so don't loose too much weight

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

Have regular treatment

What to avoid

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

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

Check your medications

Reduce your use of painkillers and SSRIs (always consult with your doctor first) as they damage fertility

Reduce your exposure to harmful pollutants

  • Reduce your exposure to air pollution, chemicals, plastics and heavy metals as they all damage fertility
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