The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it for the past 12 months and according to a recent study, the associated uncertainty and financial difficulties have created a “baby bust” in 2021 as couples delay their plans.
So, if you and your partner are encouraged by the Government’s road map to end Coronavirus restrictions and are planning to try for a baby this year, wellbeing expert at StressNoMore, Stephanie Taylor recommends simple and natural ways to boost your fertility from the comfort of your own home…
Boost your fertility – Watch what you eat
When trying for a baby, it’s important to monitor what foods you and your partner are putting into your bodies. For improving your chances of fertility, previous studies have suggested a diet rich in unsaturated fats, whole grains, antioxidants, fibre, vegetables and fish, is beneficial for improving fertility in women and semen quality in men.
Try to avoid foods such as trans fats present in processed food or refined carbs found in sugary food and drinks, and processed grains.
Add some fertility supplements to your diet, too. The supplements are a great way to increase sperm count and provide extra nutrients for optimal fertility. And if you’re looking for extra help getting in the mood when ovulation comes, libido-boosting supplements are a great addition to your medicine cabinet.
Boost your fertility – Limit caffeine and alcohol
Swap out highly caffeinated drinks or limit yourselves to one or two cups a day. While most experts say there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that consuming too much caffeine is directly linked to infertility, going caffeine free could be beneficial and can benefit other areas of your health and wellbeing such as sleep.
The same goes for alcohol. Avoid binge drinking or switch to mocktails while trying to conceive. Men who drink more are said to have lower sperm motility and chance of fertilisation. Meanwhile, too much alcohol consumption can cause changes in a woman’s cycle and affect ovulation.
There’s more choice than ever in the alcohol-free section so it’s never been easier to cut down.
Boost your fertility – Track your ovulation
Specially designed apps and ovulation trackers can help you figure out when the most fertile time of the month is for higher chances of conceiving. It can also identify if your cycles are regular.
With kits such as the Beurer OT30 Basal Ovulation Thermometer with App and Bluetooth, you can calculate cycle, measure and record vaginal temperature, record body signals and store the information on an app on Android and iPhone devices.
So, if you’re wondering when the best time is to get down to it for the best chance of getting pregnant, lean on technology to take out some of the guesswork.
Boost your fertility – Exercise moderately and monitor weight
Similar to watching what you eat, having a healthy body weight can support fertility too.
According to the British Fertility Society, obesity lowers women’s chances of conceiving naturally, while being underweight can cause irregular periods. Meanwhile, being under or overweight may affect men’s sperm production or even their ability to get and keep an erection.
Aim to achieve a Body Mass Index appropriate for your height and exercise moderately, not too much that you are overexerting your bodies, but enough to get in peak physical fitness.
Improving your physical health will be beneficial when you’re faced with sleepless nights and carrying a baby around in the months to come, too!
Boost your fertility – Practice self-care
It can be easy to get swept up in the excitement of trying to conceive, but this can soon turn to stress if you don’t get the desired results straight away. Sometimes getting pregnant is a marathon and not a sprint.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health when trying for a baby, with high-stress levels linked to infertility.
Try to relax, enjoy the journey and don’t put too much pressure on yourselves to get pregnant immediately. Self-care routines including yoga, being outside in nature, reading and getting at least eight hours sleep a night can make the world of difference to your emotional wellbeing, particularly at this challenging time.
And remember, professional help in the form of a therapist or doctor is there if you need it. Your time will come!
By Stephanie Taylor, Managing Director, StressNoMore