Trying to boost fertility? Studies show these 10 healthy practices can impact your body’s ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. Start these 10 practices while trying to conceive so when you do get pregnant, your body will be ready for baby.
Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to identify and treat any issues that could affect your pregnancy.
Eating before and during pregnancy is more about quality, not quantity. Eat more highly nutritious foods and decrease foods high in fats and sugars. The foods you eat today are the building blocks for your baby tomorrow.
Help your future baby grow a healthy mind with beans, eggs, nuts and seeds, olive oil, Alaskan wild salmon (or any other cold water oily fish), yogurt and kefir, whole grains, spinach, collards, kale, broccoli, prunes, raisins, blueberries, oranges, red bell peppers and tomatoes.
Daily, take a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid to prevent the most common birth defects: Spina bifida or anencephaly.
Being underweight or overweight puts you at risk for a number of pregnancy complications. Achieve a healthy weight before pregnancy. Stabilize for at least 3 to 6 months before trying to conceive at your healthy weight.
Deep breathing, progressive relaxation, mindfulness exercise, and transcendental meditation can all help you relax. A positive mental health and a strong network of social support will help you stay resilient through the stresses of pregnancy and parenting.
Infection and inflammation pose perhaps the biggest threats to a healthy pregnancy. Reduce saturated and trans fats from your diet, and eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables that are loaded with antioxidants.
‘Go green’ with as many common household products as possible to avoid potential reproductive and developmental problems.
Men contribute about half of baby’s genetic materials. Sperm DNA can get damaged by tobacco, alcohol, drugs, caffeine, diet, medical conditions and environmental toxins. Since men continue to make new sperm, if they take good care of themselves for 3 months, they can replace a lot of the damaged goods with healthy sperm.
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