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Positive Steps Toward Pregnancy Success by the End of 2017

acupuncture.jpgEveryone is getting pregnant naturally this year, but it just hasn’t happened to you. Infertility rates are on the rise – especially for those women who chose education and career over family planning during their prime reproductive years. Don’t despair: There are a lot of easy lifestyle changes you can incorporate into your daily routine to increase your chances of conceiving before the end of 2017. Look! This summer, New Hope Fertility NYC launched its in-house acupuncture therapy treatment programOur acupuncturists are specially trained in acupuncture therapy with a focus on treating women’s infertility. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes for Health have found that acupuncture is a viable and accepted method of treating female infertility.

  • Enhances IVF success rates
  • Reduces stress during IVF treatment
  • Enhance ovarian function
  • Increase blood supply to reproductive organs – especially the uterus

Steps to Pregnancy Success by the end of 2017

Boost your fertility and enhance health with a few simple lifestyle choices. Starting a folic acid supplement regimen will increase your chances of conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy while reducing the risk of birth defects.

Foods with folic acid:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Dried beans, peas, nuts
  • Enriched breads, cereals, other whole grain products
  • Ask your fertility specialist to prescribe folic acid as a dietary supplement

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

Studies show that women over 30 who drank seven or more alcoholic beverages a week were twice as likely not to conceive. Cutting out alcohol altogether while you try for a baby is the best plan because, once you conceive, your cravings for a drink will be diminished. If you don’t abstain completely from alcohol, opt for only three glasses of red wine per week – sorry, no chardonnay.

  • No more than three glasses of red wine per week
  • No more than 3 alcoholic drinks per week
  • Red wine is preferred over hard alcohol

Watch Your Weight and Get Plenty of Sleep

A healthy adult Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. A 2016 review of studies shows that not getting enough sleep leads women to consume an average of 385 more calories the next day.

What you may not know: Women who don’t get enough sleep.

  • Gain weight
  • Make less healthy food choices
  • Eat foods higher in fat
  • Eat low protein foods

Over a five year period, women can gain 2.1 BMI points for every hour of sleep they lose. Why is this important? A two pound weight gain can easily throw a woman off of her healthy BMI.

Too much body weight can make women less fertile. Seek help from a dietician and an exercise coach to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy BMI while you are trying to get pregnant. Remember: Your revamped diet and physical fitness regimen will help you to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Warning: Avoid extreme diets because these can wreak havoc on your hormones and monthly menstrual cycles. Being underweight and/or exercising to the extreme will also reduce your chances of conceiving a baby. Up your healthy caloric intake if you are too skinny.

Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine – in coffee, tea, and soda – can have an adverse effect on female fertility. It’s best to cut caffeine out altogether to boost your fertility level and prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Drinking more than 300 mg of caffeine per day – 2 to 3 cups of coffee – has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

Eat Healthy Proteins

Eating healthy proteins helps to maintain blood sugar balance. This balance gives your body the even supply of nutrients it needs for producing hormones and supporting a healthy reproductive system.

  • Chicken
  • Lean red meats
  • Soy beans
  • Fresh fish, such as salmon, tilapia, cod (no canned tuna because of high mercury levels)
  • Eggs
  • Beans, legumes, lentils, chickpeas
  • Nuts and seeds

What to do if your lifestyle choices don’t work?

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific medical and personal needs.

To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

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