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Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Fertility
Whether you are just thinking about starting a family or are looking to add to your expanding one, you should prepare your body and mind for a healthy conception.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and remaining active is extremely important even before getting pregnant. You and your partner should make changes to diet and exercise for at least three months before trying to conceive. Be sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, complex carbs and calcium-rich foods in your diet. Avoid fish high in mercury, avoid artery-clogging trans fats and decrease alcohol intake (or eliminate it altogether). Eat refined carbs within a reasonable daily quantity, and be sure to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about whole grains if you have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). For more details concerning nutrients visit www.storkotc.com/important-nutrients.
An active lifestyle with regular exercise can help you reach or maintain your ideal body weight. Body weight is a common factor in infertility – whether being overweight or underweight – because it can affect ovulation in women and also be tied to complications during pregnancy. Visit www.storkotc.com/tips for more information and tips on ovulation.
When trying to conceive, discontinue use of contraceptives and make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider for a pre-conception check-up. Be sure to stop smoking and any recreational drug use while trying to get pregnant. Studies have shown that limiting caffeine intake is beneficial to the body when trying to conceive.
Finally, stress can work against you when you are trying to conceive. It is difficult to completely reduce stress, so consider investing time into some relaxation techniques like meditating, exercising regularly and taking time to focus on yourself. Investing in a healthy body and healthy mind can only benefit you!
When you are ready to get pregnant, you can also look to myriad at-home products to aid in conception. For example, The Stork® OTC can help people optimize their chances of conceiving, whether you’re just starting out or have been trying for a while. The Stork® OTC is also suitable for those seeking to conceive without intercourse, such as individuals with certain disabilities, LGBT couples and single women. Visit www.storkotc.com to learn more and for online sales and store locations.