Pitter Patter of Tiny Feet- Improving Fertility Before Trying For A Baby

Having a baby seems like the simplest and most natural thing in the world, and as women we can spend a significant chunk of our lives actively trying to NOT get pregnant. So when then time comes and we're ready to have a baby, it can be worrying and frustrating when it doesn't happen as quickly as we'd like. Research suggests that fertility issues are more common than we think, with the National Health Service suggesting that this is as high as 1 in 7 couples having difficulty conceiving. As someone who has recently started trying for a baby, there's a world of information out there that I wish I had access to before planning to conceive. Here are some of them.

Give yourself a health MOT
Getting down to a healthy weight is a struggle for lots of people, unhealthy food is always readily available and it's addictive too. Most of us work long hours and can find ourselves grabbing what's quick, tasty and convenient rather than what's healthy. Exercise is tiring, and with life being tiring anyway having the time, energy or motivation is difficult. However, eating right and exercising is essential to a healthy weight, and will give you more energy in the long run. Becoming a healthy weight if you're overweight can take months or even years, so rather than waiting until you're ready to conceive it's worth thinking about this as early as possible. Not only is it good for your physical health overall, but you're likely to find that you will conceive more easily when the time comes if you're at the right weight. Getting enough sleep is also essential, not only will this help with your stress levels and overall wellbeing but it can make weight loss (or maintaining a healthy weight) easier. Sleep balances hunger hormones and also puts you in a more positive mood, so make this a priority. When you have a baby later down the line your sleep will be ruined for many years so might as well make the most of it now! Finally, having high cortisol levels can reduce your chances of conception also can increase emotional eating. Cortisol is a stress hormone and so you should do all you can to reduce stress levels. Use mindfulness, meditation, work through your problems and check out self-help books. Magnesium can also reduce cortisol levels so this is something you could look into. It's no secret that the healthier you are, the better your chances are of conceiving so give yourself a full health MOT. It will regulate your hormones and will also boost your mood putting you in a positive frame of mind.

Tips for men
When it comes to fertility issues, it's around eleven percent of women who have issues and nine percent of men. So as we can see, it's not always an issue with the woman. As well as looking after general health, in men it's important to keep the sack cool! It might sound crude but there's no other way to say it- hot baths, hot weather and hot laptops heat up those bad boys and reduce the sperm count. Activities like biking can also be an issue, so these are things to consider if you're planning for a baby.

Get a clean bill of health
It's a smart move to visit your doctor before conceiving and have them check you over. Get bloods checked for diabetes, cholesterol levels, liver function and thyroids- if you have any health issues, rather they get sorted now than having to deal with them during pregnancy. These health checks could also flag up some potential fertility issues- getting on the right medication and making lifestyle changes could help here. Even if you're both in good health, taking prenatal vitamins and including specific foods in your diet could be useful.

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