Boost Fertility Naturally
1. Chart Your Basal Body Temperature: Experts suggest you track your basal body temperature (BBT) to assess if you’re ovulating. According to Healthywomen.org, ‘your BBT is your lowest body temperature and is measured when you’re fully at rest. That temperate reading fluctuates throughout your cycle. The day after you ovulate, your BBT will rise 0.4 to 1.0 degree and will stay elevated until your next period. You should check and chart your BBT using a basal thermometer each morning before you get out of bed, ideally about the same time each day. Track it over a few months to assess when you’re ovulating, and then have sex around the time of ovulation’.
2. Assess Your Cervical Mucus: Healthywomen.org explains that your cervical mucus changes in quantity and quality throughout your cycle – you have the most when you’re about to ovulate and the least right after your period. You’re most fertile when your mucus resembles egg whites, looking and feeling stretchy and clear. The more of this mucus you have, the higher your likelihood of getting pregnant. Ovulation is done when the mucus has thickened.
3. Use An Ovulation Calendar: This can help you figure out when you’re actually ovulating – the length of your cycle and the day of the month when you’re most fertile.
4. Maintain A Healthy Weight: Ensuring that you’re not underweight or overweight will keep your reproductive cycle in balance.
5. Watch Your Diet: According to studies, unhealthy food intake has been recognised as a contributing factor to infertility because it can make your reproductive cycle irregular. And that causes you to ovulate occasionally or not at all.
6. Cut Caffeine: You won’t be able to drink much coffee when you’re pregnant anyway, so start cutting it out now. High caffeine intake interferes with conception.
7. Stay Hydrated: Your cervical fluid – which helps the sperm find the target egg – gets sluggish when you don’t drink enough water, so drink up, ladies.
8. Visit Your OB-GYN: Chat to them about your health status, as well as any lifestyle changes which need to be made.
9. Visit Your Dentist: Sounds strange, right? But gum disease is linked to underweight and premature babies.
10. Exercise: Within reason, of course. If you’ve always trained, continue with your doctor’s permission. If you are starting something new, chat to your OB-GYN first.
11. Stop Stressing: Try to manage your stress levels as best as possible – meditate, do some yoga, just relax.
12. Ditch The Lube: Healthywomen.org reveals that some lubricants can increase the likelihood of sperm dying before they reach the egg.
13. Goodbye, Alcohol: In order to conceive your body needs to be healthy, so while there’s no evidence that drinking an occasional glass of wine factors into your fertility, passing it up would keep you on the safe side.
14. Quit Smoking: That goes for your partner, too. Smoking makes you prone to ectopic pregnancies, lowers the number and quality of sperm and is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, say experts.