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How Holiday Alcohol Consumption Affects Your Fertility

Freeze Eggs Women 2019The Holiday Season is underway and you must continue to be proactive about increasing your fertility health through the New Year. Making strategic food and drink decisions is imperative when you are trying to get pregnant. Heavy alcohol consumption negatively affects your fertility – both short and long term.

Alcohol and Fertility

Our fertility specialists recommend avoiding alcohol when you are trying to get pregnant. If you do imbibe during the Holiday Season – do so in moderation. According to 2017 Study published in the Fertility Research and Practice journal, alcohol presents a risk of fetal loss and stillbirth. The authors of the study advised women to avoid alcohol when trying to get pregnant.

Navigating Holiday Season party food and drink is easy when you are focused on your fertility health. We have some patient-friendly eating and drinking tips that will not compromise your fertility health during the Holiday Season.

  • Don’t skip meals – eat healthy before attending gatherings to avoid being ravenous at meal or party food time
  • Bring along a healthy hors d’oeuvre or side dish
  • Smartly indulge with small portions
  • Keep hydrated with water between moderate alcoholic beverage consumption
  • Decline leftovers or politely take them when offered and discard
  • Be active by taking a walk or having a dance after mealtime

Fertility Boosting Foods

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Chestnuts
  • Vegetable soup

Fertility Super-Foods

Rather than relying on concentrated supplements, it is better to eat nutrient-rich foods. Remember: Taking a folic acid supplement when you are trying to get pregnant is recommended.

If you eat as many nutrient-rich foods as possible – Super Foods – you have best chance of boosting your fertility.

Sunflower Seeds and Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Supplementation with vitamin E has been shown to boost male fertility. Specifically, it’s been shown to boost sperm count and motility, and improve DNA fragmentation.

Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit and Orange Juice

Grapefruit juice and orange juice are very high in the polyamine putrescine, which may improve egg and semen health. Putrescine helps both egg and sperm cells maintain their chromosomal integrity.

Mature Cheeses

Mature cheeses are high in polyamines which play an important role in keeping the reproductive system healthy – specifically egg quality in women 35 and older. Polyamines are proteins found in plant and animal products. They are also naturally occurring in humans.

Full-Fat Yogurt and Ice Cream

A Harvard study found that women who ate full-fat dairy products were less likely to experience ovulation problems than women who ate primarily low-fat dairy products. Full-fat products included whole milk, ice cream, cream cheese, and other cheese.

Cooked Tomatoes

Cooked tomatoes are high in the nutrient lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

Lentils and Beans

Beans and lentils are a good source of protein, and research has found that women who get more of their protein from plant-based sources instead of animal sources are less likely to experience ovulation problems. Lentils contain high levels of the polyamine spermidine, which may help sperm fertilize the egg.

A Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)

A healthy body weight and diet is essential to increasing your chances of becoming pregnant. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) to keep your reproductive cycle in balance. A BMI of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. Anything above 24 or below 19 may be hindering your chances of ovulation and conception.

More Helpful Resources to Boost Your Fertility

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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