Planning to start a family? To give yourself the best chance of conceiving and going through a healthy pregnancy, you may need to examine your habits and make some changes. There’s a lot you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy. There’re also things you should avoid and here are some of them.
Smoking and alcohol
Smoking and alcohol have been found to have negative effect on both male and female fertility. They can also harm your child in utero. You won’t immediately know that you’re pregnant, so it’s best to give up smoking and alcohol while you’re still trying to conceive to make sure your baby is not affected.
Too much caffeine
While it’s usually ok to drink 1-2 cups of coffee per day, excessive amounts of caffeine (more than 200 mg per day) increase your risk of miscarriage. Caffeine can also be found in tea, chocolate, soft drinks and energy drinks.
Fish high in mercury
Mercury can be harmful to your baby and some kinds of fish, like shark, swordfish and marlin, are very rich in mercury. Mercury can accumulate in your body, so start reducing your mercury intake now, before you conceive. Only have fish that’s high in mercury once in a while or not at all and limit fish with lower mercury levels (salmon, snapper and trout, just to mention a few) to 2-3 servings per week.
Lubricants can make sex more fun, but they are toxic to sperm. Lubricants affect sperm’s motility (its ability to move forward) and sperm cells die before they can reach the uterus. If you’re trying to conceive, try more foreplay instead or use warm water for lubrication.
You’ve probably heard the saying “Relax and it will happen” – there’s truth to it. Numerous studies have confirmed the link between stress and infertility. If you’re feeling stressed, now is the time to engage in more activities you love and find a form of relaxation that works for you.
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