Everyone is making New Year’s resolutions this season. If you’re thinking about having a family in 2012, here are our top 6 suggestions for women trying to conceive.
Get your health in order. Before you get pregnant, get a checkup. Have your pap smear done, and get tested for infectious diseases and hereditary disorders that can affect a baby. Whatever has been on your heath and dental check list, take care of it before you get pregnant. Also, make sure your partner is in good health and takes his health seriously, too.
Talk with your doctor about any medications you and your partner are taking, since some may affect fertility and hinder conception.
Maintain a healthy weight.Excess weight can alter hormones that are essential for proper ovulation, menstruation, and preparation of the uterine lining. Likewise, being underweight can also disrupt hormone levels and lead to infertility.
Lower your stress levels.It can affect your health and physiology in a negative way. Go for a massage, write in a journal, exercise regularly, talk more with friends. Learn relaxation exercises, like meditation, or try yoga.
Stop smoking.In addition to being responsible for one in every five deaths in the U.S., cigarettes can affect a woman’s ovarian hormone production and egg development. In males, they can affect the quantity and quality of sperm. The risks to developing fetuses are enormous. Smoking also increases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, as well as cervical, breast, and vulvar cancer, just to name a few.
Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is no longer found in most hard plastic water and baby bottles, but it’s still found in 80% of cans. This epoxy resin lining is meant to protect food from can corrosion. However, it’s been linked to cancer, miscarriage, infertility, obesity, immunity and more. One study found mice that received daily BPA injections for two months had lower sperm counts and testosterone levels than those of mice that didn’t. Researchers also found mice exposed to BPA produced litters that were 50 percent smaller. Look for cans labelled “BPA-free” or buy frozen or fresh foods instead. Choose drinks in glass or plastic bottles. BPA is also in fast-food/gas-station receipts; don’t touch them if you don’t need them.