Lifestyle and Fertility
In a woman's quest to become pregnant, she may turn to her physician first without stopping to explore the various lifestyle changes she might make to encourage conception. But if you stop to think about it, the way we live makes a big difference in our ability to live life to the fullest. For many, part of living life to the fullest is becoming a parent.
But if we don't follow the rules of good nutrition, for instance, our bodies may not feel able to cope with the stresses of conception and pregnancy. Of course, it's not just about nutrition: there are foods you can include in your diet to enhance your chances for conception. You can read about eating for conception in this section.
In addition to making the necessary changes in your diet, you may want to consider using herbs to increase your fertility. Here we list the various herbs that give fertility a boost and explain how they're used and when they're contraindicated. Some women feel better about using herbs than they would about taking prescription drugs like Clomid. If you like the idea of trying herbal treatments you can read up on them in this section and then discuss these options with your physician.
Vitamins are crucial to good reproductive health. You'll want to be taking certain supplements in advance of conception. Learn about the various vitamin supplements you can take to ensure conception and a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Then there's the issue of bad habits that tend to keep you from becoming pregnant. You may have no idea that these habits affect your chances of conceiving and bearing a healthy child. The buff sportsman in your life may be preventing conception by exercising too much or in the wrong manner. Even wearing tight exercise pants or using a laptop can cause sperm damage.
It goes without saying that negative fertility habits like cigarette smoking and alcohol or drug abuse are contraindicated for moms-to-be, but just how bad are these habits and how much is too much of a bad thing? Making healthy lifestyle changes such as eating right and not smoking are important steps to take in their own rights, but these habits also serve to complement traditional medical treatment and may make the difference between empty arms and coming home from the hospital with a baby.