As specialists in reproductive endocrinology, we are often asked what steps a couple can take to best prepare them to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. While taking these steps certainly does not guarantee conception or that a pregnancy can be carried full term, they will increase the chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Written in partnership with Rinovum Women’s Health, March 1, 2015 by Genoveva N. Prisacaru, M.D., FACOGFor couples who have decided it’s time to have a baby, seeing month after month go by without results can be an increasingly frustrating, heartbreaking experience.
Even before an infertility diagnosis (six-12 months of trying without results), many begin to worry that something’s wrong, and whether there’s anything they can do about it. And the pressure the “biological clock” can add is real; especially for women over 30, fertility declines with every passing month.
It can be a stressful time, full of uncertainty. Here are five practical steps that can help, even before an infertility diagnosis.
Part of my job is to regularly review the top medical journals for recent findings related to nutrition, metabolism, supplementation, fertility, physical activity and other topics related to health and wellness. I’ve put together some of the most reputable and applicable research conclusions that you can put into practice now to aid the success of your fertility journey.
By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Alane Park, OB/GYNs and Chief Medical Consultants for e.p.t®
You’re trying to get pregnant and you’re feeling anxious as months one and two have gone by without a positive pregnancy test. The general rule of thumb is that it makes sense to try on your own for six months if you’re over 35, or one year if you are 35 or younger. If you surpassed those milestones, or you have concerns about your fertility or your partner’s, it’s time to see a fertility doctor. But for the rest of you, these five actions might be all you need:
A blog by Mary Claire Kenworthy, Prenate, August 13, 2014
The benefits of Vitamin D are well-known. It helps the body absorb calcium, promotes healthy bones and strengthens the immune system. And recent studies have highlighted the benefits of adequate Vitamin D levels in women who are trying to conceive or are pregnant.
It is no secret that being overweight brings with it a laundry list of health problems, and impaired fertility surely makes the list. However, to improve fertility outcomes, don’t just keep an eye on your own waist, but also that of your male partner. And, though we know that making dietary changes is essential to losing or maintaining weight, too often we consider physical activity as an “extra” that it is not as important as diet. Wrong! Exercise and a healthy diet are a marriage in weight management, an unbreakable one.
We’ve been told that to lose weight, we’d better have a healthy, balanced diet, eat fewer calories than we burn, and exercise regularly. And somewhere we read something about also managing stress to keep the pounds from piling up. However, other than the standard recommendations, not many people connect losing stubborn pounds with sleep habits.
There are supplements for women that are proven to help with conception, whether you’re trying to get pregnant naturally or with fertility treatment, says Dr. Daniel Potter, a Fertility Doctor with HRC Fertility in Newport Beach, CA. A multivitamin to supplement the nutrition in your diet is a good start – and there are ingredients you should make sure are included and ones you should avoid.
“Most of our lives, our eggs are in a state of suspended animation as immature cells but in the three to four months before ovulation, an egg must undergo a major transformation," writes author Rebecca Fett in her book It Starts With The Egg. "It grows dramatically in size and starts producing much more energy. The egg must then execute a precise process of separating and ejecting copies of chromosomes.”