How does lifestyle impact fertility? In countless ways; this post will touch the surface of how best to optimize different lifestyle factors.
A healthy diet that limits processed foods and pesticide exposure is best. The Mediterranean diet has the most data behind it. This diet is rich in fish, whole milk dairy, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and legumes.
Data indicates that 7-8 hours of sleep per night is ideal for women trying to conceive, so shift work where circadian rhythm is chronically disrupted may negatively impact fertility.
Excessive stress can lead to a variety of health concerns, including fertility problems, and so managing it with methods such as exercise, yoga, acupuncture, or meditation is important!
Moderate to high alcohol intake can impair both female and male fertility. Women undergoing fertility treatment with heavier alcohol use appear to have lower chances of getting pregnant.
The equivalent of 1-2 cups of coffee per day is safe for women trying to conceive. High levels of caffeine have been linked to increased risk of miscarriage.
Let’s face it, tobacco is bad for just about everything, including fertility and fetal wellbeing! Smoking should be avoided in women trying to conceive or pregnant.
At Fertility Solutions, we are cheering you on every step of the way! Adjusting your lifestyle may not be simple, but it will be worth doing for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Schedule your appointment with one of our physicians for a personalized fertility health plan.
Original by @crsacha_fertilitymd