You and your partner have decided that it is time to have a baby and are eager to get a positive answer during the pregnancy test. If you are below 35 years, it is possible to conceive within the first six months of unprotected sex. However, if you are older and fail to get positive results within the same time, it is time to visit Westmed Family Healthcare for assistance. Regardless of your age, you and your partner can improve your chances of becoming parents by ditching the following habits.
1. Smoking and Drinking
Smoking has been found to cause low sperm count in men, while consumption of alcohol has been linked with low testosterone levels, low sperm count, and predisposes you to erectile dysfunction. Both drinking and smoking can negatively impact your ovarian function.
2. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Even though it might be fun to stay awake all night in a cinema or hanging out with friends, failure to get adequate sleep can hurt your fertility goals and overall health.
Your doctor recommends enhancing your sleep hygiene by:
- Avoiding cosumption caffeine past 1 pm
- Getting enough sunshine and exercise
- Having regular bedtimes and wake-up times every day
- Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night
- Sleeping in a cool room (60-67 degrees)
- Restricting light into your bedroom when sleeping
- Avoiding using your phone and other devices which have blue light two hours before time to sleep
- Avoiding nighttime snacking
If, after you have done all these but still encountering challenges sleeping, your doctor will recommend you visit a sleep center for evaluation.
3. Stressing Out
While it is normal to get stressed at some point in life, it is vital to seek help if you find yourself overwhelmed by this feeling. Chronic stress causes a spike in cortisol levels, making your body shift into a hyper-alert mode. This predisposes you to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression. During the consultation, your doctor will recommend tips to alleviate stress including:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Talk therapy
4. Eating Too Much or Too Little
While it may be attractive to have a petite body frame, this may work against you when looking to conceive—the same holds for being overweight. Avoid processed foods and instead eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and high-quality protein and fats to enhance fertility and support fetal growth and development. Your doctor, together with a nutritionist, will recommend a nutrition program and diet that is medically supervised.
5. Ignoring Your Oral Health
Have you heard that gum disease causes premature and underweight births? Besides affecting your unborn child, gum disease has been linked to the development of systemic infection, which is life-threatening. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss to remove plaque between teeth, and go for dental checks twice a year.
Your fertility could be suffering due to your habits. Schedule a consultation with your experienced doctor to learn more about how to prime up your health in readiness for becoming a parent.