The New Year represents a clean slate to evaluate your goals and to make a plan for how you’re going to achieve them. For many couples across the world, starting a family is the ultimate wish for the New Year. In order to achieve the goal of conceiving, there are certain steps you can take to not only better your health, but also to increase your chances of getting pregnant. If starting a family is your goal for 2021, here are some resolutions that can improve your fertility.
1. Quit Smoking
There’s a reason why quitting smoking is recommended by every health professional. Not only is smoking detrimental to your overall health, but it is also seriously damaging for your reproductive health. Tobacco use ages the ovaries and diminishes your amount of viable eggs. In order to increase your chances of getting pregnant in 2021, the cigarettes have got to go.
2. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating foods that are enriched with vitamins and nutrients like folic acid is a must during pregnancy, but it’s also important to make healthy choices while trying for a baby as well. Fresh foods like fruits and vegetables contribute to your overall health, which will in turn help to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
3. Avoid Alcohol
Another aspect of a healthy diet is to cut out alcohol. Your liver not only helps to detox your body, but it also aids in hormone regulation. It’s important to make sure your hormones are normal and regulated while trying to conceive because hormone dysfunction is linked to infertility. Excessive alcohol use is damaging to your liver and can lead to problems with ovulation. While it’s common knowledge that you should avoid alcohol during your pregnancy, it’s also recommended to avoid it while trying to become pregnant.
4. Get Active
Exercising more is a New Years’ resolution that tops the list year after year. While this popular resolution is applicable to many different goals, from getting healthier to looking and feeling better and everything in between, it can also be an important goal if you’re looking to start a family. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the keys to maintaining healthy, normal ovulation, and regular hormone production. The best part is that you don’t need to overdo it for it to be effective. Moderate exercise is the best option when it comes to increasing your chance of conceiving.
5. Find Time for Relaxation
Stress can be damaging to multiple systems in the body, including reproductive health. While the inability to conceive can be one of the causes of your stress, it’s important to take some time each day to focus on relaxation and mindfulness. Activities like yoga, meditation, and even napping are great examples of resolutions to improve your fertility, practice self-care, and to reduce stress.
6. See Your Doctor
If and your partner are unable to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected sex, schedule an appointment with Carolina Fertility Institute today. You and your doctor can determine an individual plan to help you increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Talk to a Fertility Expert
If you have questions or concerns regarding infertility, contact Carolina Fertility Institute. Your doctor will perform tests to help diagnose the cause of infertility. We offer a wide variety of services, from fertility evaluations to In Vitro fertilization. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation by calling our Charlotte office at (844) 686-2233 or our office in the Triad at (336) 448-9100.