When you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while with no success, it’s very common to feel the need to “do something” to improve your chances. Some women feel the need to take back some control in what can feel like a very helpless situation. Others have a hard time waiting for results, and feel compelled to take action. Whatever it is, know that you are not alone!
Of course, the most important thing you can do when trying to get pregnant is work with your HCP/RE to determine a treatment plan that is right for your unique needs. That said, it never hurts to supplement your treatment plan by incorporating some small, health-conscious changes into your daily life.
Here are five small things you can do to help improve your health, and ensure you’re as healthy as possible while you’re trying to conceive:
Five Things To Do To Help You Get Pregnant
- Eat Healthy. While it’s unnecessary to go overboard or get extreme in your eating habits (no fad dieting!) there are small tweaks you can make to your diet to optimize your nutritional intake. Research has shown that maintaining a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet can improve your chances of getting pregnant.1 It’s also a good idea to avoid certain ingredients/additives, like artificial sweeteners.2
- Get enough sleep. Research shows that getting enough sleep is very important for fertility health. And not just for you, but for your male partner too.3 Adults should be getting about 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.3
- Exercise in moderation. It’s widely known that regular exercise is an important part of your physical and emotional health, but did you know that research also indicates that regular exercise can have a positive impact on fertility?4 While extreme physical exertion can be risky, moderate physical activity can actually improve your fertility.4
- Live and enjoy life. Giving up those things that you love or that make your life pleasurable while you are waiting to become pregnant can make you feel worse about the process.5
- Stay Positive. This one can be challenging, but it’s one of the most important things you can do when struggling to conceive. Preserving your emotional health and wellbeing throughout the process is just as critical as maintaining your physical health. Surround yourself with positive influences. Find a good support group focused on fertility issues, or a reproductive psychologist (they exist!) who can help you handle the emotional challenges that you may face. Stay connected to good friends and family who will support you and encourage you along the way. It’s perfectly normal and natural to get discouraged at different times throughout the process; make sure you have the support you need when times get tough.
Whether you’re trying on your own or working with a fertility specialist to get pregnant, these tips can be easily incorporated into your day-to-day life, and help you maintain your physical, emotional and mental health while you’re trying to conceive.
- Russell, J. B. (2012). Does dietary protein and carbohydrate intake influence blastocyst development and pregnancy rates? [Abstract]. Fertility and Sterility,98(3), S233-S234. Available at: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(12)01583-X/fulltext. Published October 24, 2012. Accessed October 11, 2017.
- Halpern, G. et al. Artificial sweeteners – do they bear an infertility risk? Fertility and Sterility, 106(3), E263. Published September 2016. Available at: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(16)62172-6/fulltext. Accessed October 11, 2017.
- Single Best Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Fertility in 2017. Creating a Family. Published February 2, 2017. Available at: https://creatingafamily.org/blog/single-best-thing-to-improve-fertility/. Accessed October 11, 2017.
- Wise, LA et al. A prospective cohort study of physical activity and time to pregnancy. Fertility and Sterility, 97(5), 1136-1142. Published May 2012. Available at: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(12)00259-2/abstract. Accessed October 11, 2017.
- Lifestyle Choices that Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant [Podcast interview with Dr., Sheeva Talebian]. (2015, January 21). Available at: https://creatingafamily.org/infertility-category/lifestyle-choices-increase-chances-getting-pregnant/. Accessed October 11, 2017.