If you’re anxious to have a baby, there are a few things you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy. These tips are useful whether you will try to get pregnant naturally or using an assisted reproductive technology such as In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Lose weight if you are overweight: Women who are overweight – especially those who are obese – take longer to conceive and face a higher risk of complications such as miscarriage, diabetes and premature birth.1 Some women who are overweight also experience hormonal imbalances that can affect their menstrual cycle.
Gain weight if you are underweight: What does it mean to be underweight? If your body mass index (BMI) is below 18.5, you are generally considered underweight and this might affect your ability to conceive. Livestrong.com states that you need at least 17 percent total body fat in order to ovulate regularly.4 Too little body fat can lead to irregular menstrual cycles or cause the menstrual cycle to stop completely.
Quit smoking: “Women who smoke do not conceive as efficiently as non-smokers. Infertility rates in both males and female smokers are about twice the rate of infertility found in non-smokers. The risk of fertility problems increases with the number of cigarettes smoked daily.”
Take prenatal vitamins: According to Dr. Robert Greene MD, FACOG, a fertility specialist at CNY Fertility Center in New York, USA, “The egg starts maturing about three months before it’s released, and it’s critical that the proper nutrients are present during the earliest stages.” Your doctor or fertility specialist can identify the right vitamins for you.
Try yoga: Fertility yoga, in particular, can help prep the body for pregnancy. “Fertility yoga uses key yoga poses that help to nurture, support and strengthen the endocrine and reproductive system. Your endocrine system is essential for proper hormonal balance, so using fertility yoga poses that promote healthy endocrine function is just as important as using poses that support the reproductive system as well.”
Try couples’ acupuncture: Acupuncture has been used in Asia for thousands of years to boost fertility, but it has been used more traditionally for women than men. According to The YinOva Center in New York, USA, men are”. often neglected in the fertility process, but supporting a male partner’s health is often the secret to solving a couple’s fertility problems. Men make new sperm every day, which come into fruition in three months, so improvements in their health tend to improve their fertility very quickly.”
As always, it is best to speak to your doctor before you try any of the recommendations listed above. Your doctor or fertility specialist knows you best and can identify the steps you should take to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.