5 Things To Avoid When You’re Trying To Get Pregnant

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.

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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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October 9, 2014

Top Ten Tips for Pre-Pregnancy Diet

Spent the last 15 years trying not to get pregnant? Now you want all that to change overnight don?t you? We all know our biological clock can tick louder than Big Ben sometimes, but if you are contemplating getting pregnant any time soon, you should get your body in training for the big event. As it is almost impossible to predict when one will fall pregnant, it is best to start your training or Pre-Pregnancy Diet as soon as you can. Here are some simple steps that will ensure both you and your baby have a happy and healthy pregnancy and beyond?
-Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, and calcium-rich foods. Choose foods low in saturated fat. Recent research has shown that women with high fat pre-pregnancy diets are more likely to suffer severe nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.

– Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, try to do some physical activity for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week. If you are pressed for time, you can get your activity by at least walking to the bus stop or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Swimming is a great exercise for both before and during pregnancy as it doesn?t put any direct force on your body yet strengthens your muscles and improves overall fitness.

– Medications – Review all your medications with your doctor, including any over-the-counter and prescription medications and ask if it is safe to keep taking them while you are trying to conceive and during pregnancy.

– If you have a cat, do not handle the cat litter. It can carry toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can cause birth defects. Wear gloves while gardening in areas where cats may visit.

– Don’t eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish.

– If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, STOP. These can cause long-term damage to your baby. Talk with your doctor about steps to take to stop smoking. Talk with a member of a counselor, a trusted friend, or your doctor if you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use.

– Stay away from toxic chemicals like insecticides, solvents (like some cleaners or paint thinners), lead, and mercury. Most dangerous household products will have pregnancy warnings on their labels.

– Avoid spas, saunas, and x-rays. (Most medical officers will ask you if you are pregnant before commencing any x-rays)

– Limit or eliminate your caffeine intake from coffee, tea, sodas, medications, and chocolate.

– Get informed – read books, watch videos, and talk with experienced mums.

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