Happy New Year! 2016 really flew by, and now it’s time to start thinking about what we want to do in the new year. Making better lifestyle choices can ultimately help you be healthier, and improve yours and your partner’s fertility. So many of the choices that you make each day have a huge effect on whether or not you’re able to conceive. Take a look at some resolutions you can make for 2017 to help improve your fertility:
- Quit smoking. In addition to it negatively impacting your overall health, smoking contributes to both male and female infertility.
- Manage stress.Trying to achieve pregnancy can be stressful in itself. It’s important to take care of your mind and body despite that stress. Try yoga, light reading, and maybe even counseling to make sure that you aren’t getting overwhelmed.
- Limit caffeine consumption. Studies have shown that caffeine consumption increases the risk of miscarriages and may also impact one’s ability to become pregnant.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Even just a few drinks a week can impair your chances at getting pregnant.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can throw off the reproductive cycle, while being underweight can leave you experiencing infertility due to lack of key nutrients.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.You should be getting at least 6 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. If you’re not a fan, try making smoothies for a snack or adding veggies to your favorite dishes.
- Eat whole grains.Throw out the white flour, white rice and white bread, and swap them for whole grains. Try eating cereal for breakfast or choosing the whole wheat bagel instead of the plain to get your daily allowance of vitamins and minerals.
Try working these resolutions into your 2017!
The ART Fertility Program of Alabama is located in Birmingham, Alabama with additional locations in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. The program is led by Dr. Kathryn Honea, Dr. Virginia Houserman, Dr. Cecil Long and Dr. Chris Allemand who are Board Certified specialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. All are skilled in comprehensive infertility care and offer a complete range of infertility services.