When you’re hoping to start a family, maintaining a healthy weight and following the right diet can increase your chances of becoming pregnant the natural way. Some long-term fertility treatments can cause side-effects as outlined here. Follow these tips to boost your fertility by natural means.
Eat the Right Proteins
Replacing at least some of your weekly portions of beef, pork and poultry with protein from pulses, nuts and beans can significantly reduce infertility. Avoid raw fish in dishes such as sushi, and fish that may be high in mercury. Instead, enjoy salmon or canned tuna (but not albacore) that are high in healthy Omega 3.
Cut Out Bad Carbs
Cut down on foods with bad carbs such as cakes, cookies, white bread and white rice. These easily digested foods cause a spike in blood sugar levels resulting in an increased production of insulin that inhibits ovulation. Instead, choose food with good carbs such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain products that are digested more slowly.
Eliminate Trans Fats
Avoid trans fats found in shop-bought snacks, fries and some margarine as they create a resistance against insulin, causing your pancreas to keep pumping out more. Choose healthy unsaturated fats such as those found in nuts, avocados and vegetable oils.
Include High-Fat Dairy
Although low-fat dairy items are a good source of calcium and protein, they may decrease fertility levels, so make sure you include some high-fat dairy products such as whole milk or full-fat yogurt in your daily diet.
Drink plenty of water as it helps maintain cervical fluid at the right consistency to support the sperm on its way to the egg. Avoid sugary drinks that are full of calories, and alcoholic or caffeine-filled drinks such as coffee that can create a cervical mucus that is a hostile environment for sperm.
Choose Your Herbs Carefully
Avoid some herbal teas that contain extracts from plants such as St. John’s wort or ginseng as these may cause problems with fertility. However, the magical herb shatavari, a relative of the asparagus, regulates estrogen, supports the production of a hormone known to trigger ovulation and boosts the production of healthy cervical mucus.
Eat Your Veggies
Green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage contain di-indolylmethane that helps control the production of estrogen. Leafy vegetables, carrots and sweet potato also contain beta-carotene that can prevent early miscarriage.
Pop Some Pills
A healthy diet gives you most of the vitamins and minerals you need for daily health but physicians recommend taking multivitamins containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid to help reduce infertility.
Stand by Your Man
It takes two to make a baby, so make sure your partner’s sperm are fighting fit by encouraging him to follow a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight.
Strike a Pose
Keeping a healthy BMI of between 18.5 to 24 increases your chances of becoming pregnant. Daily exercise of 30 to 60 minutes is an ideal way of managing weight and certain [yoga poses] can increase fertility levels.