You’ve decided to take the plunge into motherhood, but wait a minute! Trying to get pregnant takes patience and a lot more. In order to give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy you not only need to adopt some healthy practices but also quit some of the things you love (because they’re probably unhealthy anyway.) Here are some fertility foes that you must avoid when trying to get pregnant.
You know it’s harmful and you’ve decided to quit as soon as you see the positive sign on the home pregnancy test kit. But here’s the real deal. Smoking is extremely harmful to the foetus and thus you must avoid it at least 1-2 months in advance. Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg fails to reach the uterus and thus plants itself in the fallopian tube, ovary, cervix or abdomen, and needs to be removed as it can be life-threatening to both mother and child.
Caffeine restricts our body’s ability to absorb iron thereby dehydrating us. This could result in a risky pre-term birth. However, you don’t have to completely cut off on your caffeine intake but it needs to be controlled to have a healthy pregnancy. Stick to one or two cups of either tea/coffee for your caffeine needs.
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Sorry, but when you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ll have to miss the weekend drinking sessions with your buddies or stick to sparkling water or fresh fruit juices if you can’t resist the invitation. This is because alchohol can be dangerous for the foetus; it results in irregular periods, lack of ovulation, and abnormal estrogen and progesterone levels, which can make it harder to conceive. If you have to, drink wine (and not more than one or two glasses).
Being extremely over or under weight can seriously affect your chances of getting pregnant. Underweight women may not ovulate and thus not conceive, while obese women stand the chance of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and birth defects which may lead to a c-section. So avoid any weight fluctuations, calculate your BMI or ask your physician for advice.
Bad diet habits:
There is much debate on whether certain foods make you fertile and/or increase your chances to conceive, but researches and physicians agree that one must always eat right so as to remain healthy. A healthy body will increase your chances of getting pregnant and having a safe and healthy pregnancy. Consult your physician, nutrition or ob-gyn to know what to eat and when.
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Not brushing and/or flossing well:
Yes, it may sound absurd but poor oral health can come in the way of you getting pregnant. Poor oral hygiene not only affects the sperm, but may also cause premature delivery. Who knew!
Extreme or no exercise:
During pregnancy and even when trying for a baby, you want to stay fit. But fitness does not mean vigorous exercise or no exercise altogether. Avoid working out to the point of interfering with your menstrual cycle and maintain a moderate level of activity so that your body is in a good state for carrying a baby.
We understand that having trouble getting pregnant can cause a lot of stress. But stressing out may play a role in delaying a pregnancy. Chronic stress can harm your reproductive system and cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Take some yoga and meditation classes to deal with the stress and you may actually conceive sooner than you thought!
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So ladies, if you really want to experience parenthood steer clear of the aforementioned things (and if you’re a guy, you might want to share this piece of important information with your partner!)