When you begin to plan for pregnancy, one of the first things you will need to consider is fertility, so that you can optimize your chances of pregnancy. Some factors affecting your body’s fertility rate may seem obvious, such as understanding your menstrual cycle and when you ovulate. However, there are a few lesser-known fertility factors that you should know.
One factor that influences fertility is diet. This probably comes as no surprise, seeing that diet plays such a vital role in all things related to pregnancy. Women with healthy diets are more likely to ovulate regularly and conceive faster. Incorporating whole-grains, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins in your diet can help you reduce inflammation and increase fertility rates. Furthermore, a healthy diet usually leads to a healthy BMI, which reduces infertility. Healthy BMIs in both partners are important, as obesity in men has been linked to a low sperm count. For women, an unhealthy BMI can result in irregular ovulation and other medical conditions that hinder fertility.
Another often overlooked factor that affects fertility is stress. Studies have shown that women with high levels of stress hormones are 29% less likely to conceive in that first month, taking longer to conceive than women with lower levels of stress hormones. Stress also triggers inflammatory responses, which hinder fertility as well. Managing stress through healthy activities such as yoga, walking, and acupuncture can help reduce stress hormones.
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