Ways to Boost Fertility – 8 Facts You Must Know

ways to boost fertilityPlaning for a baby is a very exciting time. The following 8 ways to boost fertility and get pregnant can help you have a successful outcome and a healthy baby.

8 Ways to Boost Fertility

1. Minimize electromagnetic radiation exposure

High levels of electromagnetic radiation exposure can contribute to male and female infertility. High levels of radiation are associated with frequent computer use, mobile phone use, flying and electric appliances in the bedroom. EM radiation can alter the cellular DNA, disrupt hormonal balance and predispose to miscarriages.

2. Stop eating fast food

When you’re looking for ways to boost fertility, take note that fast foods, as well as chocolate and processed foods, have high levels of trans fats. Trans fats don’t have any nutritional value and are just added to food to extend shelf life. It is still unclear how trans fats can affect ovulation but studies imply it might affect your sensitivity to insulin. When a woman has high insulin levels, her ovaries produce more male hormones than normal. This hormonal imbalance causes ovulatory infertility.

Trans fats increase the risks for infertility and other fertility problems by 70 % or more.

3. Stop drinking coffee (including decaf unless it’s filtered with water)

Caffeine is a stimulant so it increases your blood pressure, which is something to we don’t want during pregnancy. Caffeine is also a diuretic. It increases the urination frequency and vitamin and mineral loss. During pregnancy and preconception care it’s essential that you have adequate levels of stored nutrients.

When you drink coffee when pregnant, the caffeine may cross to your placenta and enter the bloodstream of your baby. You are already fully grown so your body can successfully breakdown the caffeine. This isn’t the case for your baby. Your baby’s developing metabolism cannot fully breakdown caffeine. It may affect his sleeping patterns and movement patterns and it may predispose your baby to anxiety later in life.

Remember when you are drinking coffee, you are keeping yourself and your baby awake. Studies have already linked high caffeine levels in the body with delayed conception, meaning that drinking a lot of caffeine is definitely not one of the ways to boost fertility.

4. Filter your tap water (to remove heavy metals and other environmental pollutants)

Lead may be brought to your households through the leaded pipes used in water systems. Lead may cause reproductive problems, muscle and joint pain, memory problems, fertility problems and can decrease your cognitive function.

Boiling tap water will not remove lead. Also, not all kinds of filters can remove lead from your tap water. Use a special water filter certified by NSF International to filter lead from your tap water. NSF International is a non-government organization responsible for setting standards, education, risk management and product certification for public health and safety.

5. Don’t eat non-organic meat.

Non-organic meat comes from livestock that are treated with antibiotics. The main concern with eating non-organic meat is the amount of antibiotics and other growth hormones which enter your system. These can contribute to hormonal abnormalities and fertility issues.

Nearly all livestock in the United States are injected with antibiotics and other hormones. The only way to avoid this is buying organic meat instead.

6. Eat 6 servings of vegetables a day

Fruits and vegetables have key vitamins and minerals needed for your baby’s development. Carrots have high content of Beta carotene essential for the fetus’ tissue and cell development, immune system and vision. Lentils have high levels of folic acid needed for prevention of neural tube defects and optimal egg maturation.

Eating at least 5 to 6 cups of vegetables a day is one of the most beneficial ways to boost fertility.

7. Eat 4 servings of fruit a day

Fruit and vegetables have key vitamins and minerals needed for your baby’s development. Vitamin C found in oranges helps keep your baby’s teeth and bones strong. It also fortifies collagen in the fetus’ connective tissue. Potassium found in bananas controls blood pressure. Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy. High fiber content in fruit helps regulate bowel movement.

Try to eat at least 3 cups of fruit a day.

8. Exercise every day

Daily exercise is the best policy against excess weight, mood disorders and hormonal imbalances. It is one of several great ways to boost fertility and you should aim to exercise regularly throughout pregnancy.

Got any other ways to boost fertility you’d like to share with other couples? Would love to hear from you.

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About the Author: Iva Keene MRMed. ND. - Natural Fertility Specialist

Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.