Trying to conceive? Here are the top five ways to boost your fertility brought to you by Dr. Jamie Sharkey from Bump, a new fertility clinic opening soon in Mosman, Sydney.
1. Grab those greens!
It may seem obvious but a healthy diet really is very important if you’re trying for a baby. Both you and your partner should be getting your daily dose of fresh fruit and veg, proteins (lean meat, fish, eggs, beans and lentils), whole grains and healthy fats from fish, avocados and nuts. We also advise Mums ‘to be’ to load up on calcium to get their body in balance and don't forget folic acid! Taking just 600 micrograms a day, either alone or with other pre-pregnancy supplements, for at least one month before you fall pregnant and for the first three months will reduce the chances of birth defects such as Spina Bifida.
2. Weighing up your fertility
It’s really no surprise that weight affects your chances of having a baby. Women who are underweight (BMI less than 20) or overweight (BMI over 25) could be putting too much pressure on their bodies leading to hormonal imbalances, which really don’t help if you are trying to conceive! Bump recommends women aim for a BMI between 20-25.
3. Get fit fertility
Need an excuse to go to the gym? Well it could increase your chances of conceiving. Bump advises women achieve a moderate fitness level before trying for a baby, so grab your partner and head out for a few brisk walks or maybe try to get more use out of that gym membership! And any fitness fanatic should take it easy by limiting high-impact exercise to around four hours per week. So banish the burpees and try something more relaxing like swimming or Pilates.
4. Fertility going up in smoke!
Did you know that smokers are twice as likely to have fertility issues?
Smoking really is one of the worst things you and your partner can do if you are trying for a baby. Besides all the usual health warnings, every cigarette can affect both male and female fertility, potentially lead to DNA damage to sperm and eggs, increase the risk of miscarriage and evencause erectile dysfunction in men. So if all the health risks andcost don’t make you kick the habit, then do it for your future family!
5. Making stronger swimmers
Shockingly, about one in every 20 Australian men has problems with their sperm. So Bump suggests that men should take vitamin supplements containing vitamins C and E, zinc and folic acid, avoid working in very hot environments and keep those laptops off their laps!
For more info on Bump IVF, please visit www.bumpivf.com.au