28 February

Simple measures to boost fertility

If you are trying to conceive, it is a good idea to take a few steps to improve your general health. This can increase the chances of pregnancy. All the factors which contribute towards good health in general also contribute towards good reproductive health.

Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising every day and staying active, and reducing stress are important ways to get your body in shape.

To optimize your fertility, it's a good idea to start preparing your body a couple of months before you start trying to get pregnant.

Stress can delay ovulation and increase the frequency of uterine contractions. Delayed or erratic ovulation can make chances of pregnancy difficult. Frequent uterine contractions can make it harder for the fertilized egg to attach to the uterine wall further delaying pregnancy. So, it is very important that you keep tension in check by avoiding known stressors whenever possible and getting as much sleep as you can schedule. Exercise is also known to decrease the levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Exercise is also known to decrease blood pressure and increase blood flow to reproductive organs.

Diet should include as many fruits and vegetable, whole grains and plenty of water. Take a diet rich in Iron, folic acid and calcium. Taking a prenatal vitamin daily will ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need.

But, remember that getting pregnant takes time. Some couples may take six to 12 months to get pregnant. A 2013 study of Danish women in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that women aged 35-39 still have a 78 per cent chance of getting pregnant within one year without help.

So - Here it is -  Be calm, Try Yoga, breathing exercises, walking and a good diet - chances are you will get pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby. All the best.

Last modified on Friday, 01 March 2019 14:00
Dr Padma

Dr Padma is a Family care physician and is the Founder and CEO of MedHealthTV.


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