If you are planning on getting pregnant this New Year, you must give your fertility health a kick start. Look: This is especially crucial if you are you are planning on undergoing fertility treatment in 2020. Resolve to become proactive in taking better care of your fertility health, both through nutrition and fitness. Nutrition and optimal fertility go hand-in-hand.
Your Fertility Health is Important
A healthy diet and fitness routine will increase your chances of conceiving and help to support a successful pregnancy.
Break bad habits and eat better
- Stop smoking because women who inhale nicotine are more likely to be infertile.
- Recent research suggest vaping harms the lungs and heart. The artificial flavors have a toxic effect on cells.
- Eliminate unhealthy foods in your diet by avoiding processed and fast foods.
- If you are overweight – BMI of 25+ – losing weight will help to increase your fertility.
- Get plenty of sleep to avoid irregular menstrual cycles. A lack of sleep leads to weight gain. Weight gain leads to ovulation problems. You should get at least 8 hours of sleep to increase your fertility.
A diet and fertility study has examined the impact of diet on fertility. Positive dietary effects on fertility for women have been linked to the intake of:
- Folic acid
- Vitamin B12
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Healthy diets – the DASH
Fertility Diet Tips
- Low-sodium canned or frozen veggies
- Herbs and spices instead of salt
- Lemon juice, citrus zest, or hot chilies for extra flavor and no sodium
- Canned fruits packed in juice or water – not syrup
- Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
- Healthy vegetable oils instead of butter
- Half wheat and half white flour
- Puree sweet potatoes, carrots, or cauliflower and keep in freezer for easy use in soups and casseroles
- Instead of alcohol – infuse cranberries, pomegranate arils, or orange slices into sparkling water
- Plant-based foods
- Protein-rich foods
- Healthy fats
- A bit of full-fat dairy products
Nutrition and Fertility
Nutrition plays an essential role in improving the chances of conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Diet matters greatly before pregnancy and solidifies healthy eating habits during pregnancy. Make sure you take your vitamin supplements containing folic acid.
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.
Plan of Action to Get Pregnant
Make an appointment with one of our fertility specialists for a thorough reproductive examination and preliminary assessment of your reproductive health. Why does this matter? Up to 34 percent of infertility cases are due to structural issues with a woman’s reproductive system. Both female and male patients must undergo a complete fertility assessment to evaluate their reproductive health.
The good news! Flagging any potential medical cause of infertility is the quick and cost-effectively help you get pregnant in the New Year. Once the problem is identified, great strides toward a pregnancy can be made through a customized treatment plan.
2020’s Best Customized Fertility Protocols
- Timed Intercourse with medical assistance
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Conventional IVF
- Natural Cycle IVF™
- Needle-Free IVF
- At-HOME IVF
To schedule your initial consultation at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.