8 Easy Ways to Boost Your Fertility

Infertility can happen to couples that are trying to conceive. If you have delayed conception this doesn’t always mean that you’re infertile. This can be traced to poor lifestyle habits or not paying attention to your overall health. There are some changes you can make that will make a big difference. Here are some tips to boost your fertility and chances of getting pregnant.

Watch Your Weight

If you’re overweight or underweight this is going to decrease the chances that you will get pregnant. If you’re overweight that can interfere with the ovulation cycle and the production of hormones which are essential for pregnancy to occur. If you’re overweight you may have irregular periods but if you’re too skinny you may not have enough body fat for the pregnancy. You won’t be able to conceive until you make changes to your body. You should maintain a healthy weight if you’re trying to have a child.

Quit Smoking

One of the best ways to increase your fertility is to give up smoking. Cigarette smoke impacts women differently than men. The smoke can cause ageing in the ovaries of a woman and lowers the production of the eggs. The smoke can also impact the implantation and the fertilisation of the egg. In men the sperm can be weak and there won’t be as many of them.

The best solution is to cut back on smoking for better fertility or to stop completely. If you stop smoking your baby will have better health and you will have better health too with a reduction in the chances that you’ll get a major disease. Cutting down, or quitting alcohol will also help you to get your body in better shape for conception and will help to lessen the dangers of alcohol and pregnancy.

Track Your Menstrual Cycle 

You have a menstrual cycle that lasts between 28- 35 days. By tracking the cycle you’ll know when you have your most fertile days as you need to figure out the ovulation cycle. Once you know the ovulation cycle which is around the midpoint of the menstrual cycle, this when you’re the most fertile and around 4-5 days prior to this too. If sex occurs on these days then you are going to be more likely to get pregnant.

If you have changes in breast tenderness, basal body temperature, cervical mucus, or an increase in libido, this indicates ovulation.

Check when you are going to ovulate by using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or by charting you basal body temperature (BBT) using a basal fertility thermometer.

By monitoring your cycle you can also figure out of your ovulating on a regular basis. If the cycle is over 42 days you should speak to your gynaecologist.

Get Busy in the Bedroom 

You should plan to have sex more often if you want to conceive. You don’t want to try this daily as it can be stressful if you have a hectic lifestyle. Try to aim for every other day when you have your fertile window. In general you want to try for twice a week. If you have regular sex you’ll regulate the sperm count and the monthly cycle of the woman.

Try To Eat Healthy 

You need to give your body nourishment before you conceive. You need a strong and healthy body to have a child. Make sure you have a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meat, and low fat dairy in the right amounts. You want to avoid fatty foods, excessive sodium, and refined carbohydrates.

You should try to get more folic acid as it can help with fertility but check with your doctor first before you do this.  Consider using a prenatal supplement – Pregnacare Conception  and Babystart Fertilcare vitamins can all be recommended.

Another thing to do is to drink lots of water and avoid too much alcohol or caffeine, as these can impact your fertility in a negative way. Detoxing your body before trying for a baby will genuinely increase your chances of conception.

Careful with Lubricants

Many lubricants used for sex contain spermicides, which will decrease the chances that you get pregnant and hamper fertilisation efforts. Look for lubricants without any spermicides. Conceive Plus and Pre-Seed are designed to be used as sperm-friendly lubricants when trying for a baby.

At Zoom Baby we always recommend Pre-Seed to couples who are trying to conceive. Pre-Seed fertility lubricant is formulated with a pH level similar to fertile cervical mucus. This helps to create a hospitable environment for sperm to thrive in, allowing them to swim freely towards the egg. Without a sperm-friendly environment, it can be difficult for sperm to survive and fertilise the egg.

Using Pre-Seed lubricant can also enhance sexual pleasure and increase comfort during intercourse. It is non-irritating and does not leave a sticky or greasy residue, making it a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both partners.

Overall, the benefits of using Pre-Seed fertility lubricant are numerous. It creates a sperm-friendly environment and can help to enhance sexual pleasure. If you are trying to conceive, consider adding Pre-Seed fertility lubricant to your routine to increase your chances of success.

Make Sure You Unwind

You need to reduce stress and unwind as stress has a negative impact on your body. It can impact fertility in both females and males. You need to use relaxation techniques and to get some yoga, meditation or other exercise on a regular basis.

Additionally, taking some time for yourself and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation can also help reduce stress levels. This can be something as simple as taking a warm bath, reading a book, or watching your favourite TV show. Whatever it may be, make sure it’s something that allows you to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life.

It’s also important to address any underlying issues causing stress, such as relationship problems, financial difficulties, or work-related stress. Taking steps to resolve these issues can help relieve stress and improve overall well-being.

Remember, reducing stress isn’t just essential for your fertility, it’s important for your overall health and happiness as well. So take the time to unwind and prioritise self-care in your daily routine.

Get Some Sleep!

An often overlooked factor when trying to conceive is ensuring you get enough high quality sleep. Numerous studies have linked insufficient sleep with reduced fertility in both men and women. Aim for 7-9 hours per night of restful sleep to allow your body to properly rejuvenate and balance hormones. Creating a relaxing evening routine, avoiding screens before bed, and keeping your bedroom cool and dark can all help improve sleep quality.

Don’t underestimate the role that stress plays as well. Severe or chronic stress can disrupt the delicate hormonal processes involved in ovulation and sperm production. Though easier said than done, make a conscious effort to keep stress levels down during your fertile window. Whether it’s practicing meditation, getting a massage, or just taking a relaxing bath – find healthy ways to de-stress that work for you.

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle with proper rest and stress management goes a long way towards optimising fertility. It allows your body’s natural processes to function smoothly without added strain. Small adjustments like getting sufficient sleep can have a big positive impact on your chances of conception success.

Photo Credit: “pregnant Giana” (CC BY 2.0) by Bruno_Caimi

This post was originally published in 2018. It was last updated in June 2023.

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