Tips for staying Fertile


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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=&quot]I have outlined a few top tips for staying fertile, I thought they might be of use here.
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=&quot]Seems obvious, but sticking to a healthy, balanced diet is essential when trying for a baby. To get pregnant and nourish a developing baby, your body needs to be healthy enough to do this. Being under or over weight can make you less likely to fall pregnant so making changes to your diet and maintaining these changes can increase your fertility.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=&quot]And you know what accompanies a well balanced diet? Exercise. Regular work outs keep the body and mind fit and strong and is essential for keeping your weight in check. Exercise also boosts levels of endorphins, the body’s own ‘happy hormones’, which may help to reduce stress, which can detrimentally affect fertility and make it harder for a woman to fall pregnant.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=&quot]Talking about stress, recent research has revealed that stress is a [/FONT][FONT=&quot]big factor in how likely you are to fall pregnant - with high levels of adrenaline hampering fertility chances. Research has showed that women with the highest levels of the hormone were found to be 12 per cent less likely to conceive in the first month of trying than those with the lowest. Hectic lifestyles we lead these days provide a perfect breeding ground for high stress levels so it’s important that we try to manage stress effectively and make the most of any ‘downtime’.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]Smoking has been strongly linked to infertility and early menopause in women, as well as sperm problems in men so if you are trying for a baby, it will be vital to kick the habit to improve your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=&quot]Alcohol[/FONT][FONT=&quot] also plays a role in a woman’s fertility chances so ensure you stick to the government guidelines when it comes to looking at how many alcohol units you are consuming week to week. Two to three units per week is the recommended amount - that’s around one and a half glasses of wine or a couple of single vodkas with a mixer. Not a lot is it? When trying for a baby it’s therefore important to ensure you’re keeping an eye on that as we know how easily one glass leads to two then three then four.
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]For further information on fertility and to speak to fertility specialists, please visit us our site[/URL], Welcome to Benenden Fertility Centre or view the Benenden fertility centre on YouTube at YouTube - The Benenden Fertility Centre - based at Benenden Hospital and [url=http://ow.ly/2ZrXu]YouTube - The work of the Benenden Fertility Centre[/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=&quot]Mohamed Hefni, Consultant Gynaecologist at Benenden Hospital[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]


#2

Wow…eat healthy, stay calm and don’t smoke. I had no idea that’s all I had to do to get pregnant. All this time I thought my fertility issues came from lazy ovaries and it’s because of stress and the Marlboro Man ([FONT=Garamond][SIZE=1]and the fact that I haven’t called your magical fertility center[/SIZE][/FONT]). Who knew.

Spam like this ticks me off.


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[quote=Twofer]Wow…eat healthy, stay calm and don’t smoke. I had no idea that’s all I had to do to get pregnant. All this time I thought my fertility issues came from lazy ovaries and it’s because of stress and the Marlboro Man ([FONT=Garamond][SIZE=1]and the fact that I haven’t called your magical fertility center[/SIZE][/FONT]). Who knew.

Spam like this ticks me off.[/quote]

That’s not spam, that’s general advice. Of course, you could take it worth a grain of salt, as I’m sure you’ve heard from your Dr at least once. Rudeness won’t get you anywhere.


#4

[quote=Twofer]Wow…eat healthy, stay calm and don’t smoke. I had no idea that’s all I had to do to get pregnant. All this time I thought my fertility issues came from lazy ovaries and it’s because of stress and the Marlboro Man ([FONT=Garamond][SIZE=1]and the fact that I haven’t called your magical fertility center[/SIZE][/FONT]). Who knew.

Spam like this ticks me off.[/quote]

I don’t believe that is what they were saying at all. Those are basically general outlines for good health as well as fertility. They aren’t saying its the magic formula, they are saying it helps. Cool your jets…


#5

I think it is great to be reminded of the basics of a healthy body. We are all looking for our best possible chances of becoming pregnant and being healthy is a factor. Thanks for the post!


#6

This is great advice, but, I can understand why Twofer is so upset. For those of us dealing with IF, in most cases, we’ve already exhausted all of these basics. And, many times, you hear people saying, “well, have you tried?” . . . or “I heard ____ works,” etc. It can completely disregard the fact that infertility is a disease and that something isn’t working. So, most of the time, it’s not a matter of just relaxing, exercising, etc.

By the way, I read the study that is being quoted about stress and it is accurate but not complete. Studies found that the stress level affected conception in the first month, but there was no evidence that over time it affected a couple’s chances of conceiving in the normal time-frame. Stress can affect us, but our infertility is not caused by stress. Infertility causes stress.

Also, when have I heard about drinking the regimented amount of alcohol while ttc? I thought the best advice was not to drink at all or at least not after the 2ww. So advice to drink 2-3 drinks per week doesn’t seem sound.

And, again, while I understand what this person is saying, I was slightly insulted, too, because in my 18 months of ttc, I ate a healthy, balanced diet, exercised regularly (3-4 times a week), never smoked, drank only occasionally before the 2ww (some months gave it up completely), did yoga, visualization, you name it to de-stress, and took a prenatal multivitamin since I began ttc. However, I am still not pregnant, despite the fact that I have done everything possible to get pregnant. So those of us dealing with this don’t always want to hear that there’s something we should do to conceive when we’ve been doing it and more. Besides, all feelings are ok when you’re dealing with IF. This is the place to express them.


#7

huh

Sorry but I’ve been pregnant 5 times & smoked through them all & everything came out fine. As for the other stuff it’s all a myth, sometimes fertility issues are just bad luck, don’t beat yourselves up if you’re not perfect or living a perfect lifestyle. I did almost everything they say not to do & I got easily pregnant every time & all went well.


#8

[quote=jp362]This is great advice, but, I can understand why Twofer is so upset. For those of us dealing with IF, in most cases, we’ve already exhausted all of these basics. And, many times, you hear people saying, “well, have you tried?” . . . or “I heard ____ works,” etc. It can completely disregard the fact that infertility is a disease and that something isn’t working. So, most of the time, it’s not a matter of just relaxing, exercising, etc.

By the way, I read the study that is being quoted about stress and it is accurate but not complete. Studies found that the stress level affected conception in the first month, but there was no evidence that over time it affected a couple’s chances of conceiving in the normal time-frame. Stress can affect us, but our infertility is not caused by stress. Infertility causes stress.

Also, when have I heard about drinking the regimented amount of alcohol while ttc? I thought the best advice was not to drink at all or at least not after the 2ww. So advice to drink 2-3 drinks per week doesn’t seem sound.

And, again, while I understand what this person is saying, I was slightly insulted, too, because in my 18 months of ttc, I ate a healthy, balanced diet, exercised regularly (3-4 times a week), never smoked, drank only occasionally before the 2ww (some months gave it up completely), did yoga, visualization, you name it to de-stress, and took a prenatal multivitamin since I began ttc. However, I am still not pregnant, despite the fact that I have done everything possible to get pregnant. So those of us dealing with this don’t always want to hear that there’s something we should do to conceive when we’ve been doing it and more. Besides, all feelings are ok when you’re dealing with IF. This is the place to express them.[/quote]

Thank you for summing it up so well. :slight_smile:

I wouldn’t be bothered if it were a member here that was offering up some support…like “Hey! Don’t forget to take care of yourself!”. This is the very first post made my a person who is advertising their fertility clinic-not someone who is in the trenches taking BFN grenades.

Besides being an insult (as if we didn’t realize that the 1/2lb cheeseburger, beer and a pack of smokes weren’t the best idea) it is taking traffic away from those who pay to advertise on this site, which keep it a place to vent frustrations and get support with no cost. Seeing as fertility treatment festivities aren’t cheap, I’m grateful for the $10 a month (or whatever) I [I]don’t[/I] have to spend to come here.


#9

Seriously? Can’t believe someone had the gall to post this.


#10

Their first post on an infertility forum? I think someone is yanking a chain. There’s no way someone can condone that lifestyle with all the scientific evidence.