With 1 in 6 couples in Australia experiencing fertility problems its handy to know there are some simple things that can improve your chances of a successful pregnancy. Diet and lifestyle play a big part – for both partners. Remember it takes both a healthy sperm and healthy egg (and environment) for conception to occur so here are some things you can do together.
Get regular exercise. Exercise improves circulation as well as helps with body composition. Elevating your heart rate for just 10 minutes at a time releases endorphins to help your overall health.
Eat lots of veggies. Vegetables and other plant based foods of all colours helps improve sperm and egg quality through the availability of a wide range of nutrients. Plant based foods also help reduce inflammation and manage weight – both important factors in obtaining a successful pregnancy.
Eat regular meals. Managing blood sugar levels (and weight) can improve nutrient uptake, help maintain a healthy weight and lead to healthier sperm and egg quality. Keeping regular meal times can help reduce the risk of pregnancy complications once you are pregnant too.
Manage stress. We all experience stress, it is an inevitable part of life. Being under constant stress increases inflammation and reduces our body’s capacity to absorb important nutrients from our food. Engaging in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, mindfulness and taking time out for yourself helps reduce your stress levels.
Get a good nights sleep. Your sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, helps regulate sex hormone production in men and women. An essential step in a successful pregnancy.