Trying to conceive? Gearing up for fertility treatment? Surely you are taking all steps possible to get your body ready for the journey to parenthood. But, have you given enough thought to the amount of folic acid in your prenatal vitamin?
Weight can seriously affect a couple’s chance of getting pregnant. Twelve percent of all infertility issues are weight related and being overweight or underweight has unique consequences for men and women. The goal of fertility specialists is to understand the relationship between weight and infertility with each fertility patient and then work to eliminate non-disease factors.
I’m giving up coffee! This is not as simple as it may seem. First, coffee is part of my spiritual practice; I ALWAYS drink make that “drank” coffee when I write. You can bet seven children’s novels, an adult novel, countless short stories and op-ed essays on that. Interestingly, I don’t need it or want it at any other time of the day, but in the morning, when I’m writing, nothing is nicer than a steaming cup of java.
Ob/Gyns have long advocated for future moms to start eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables before becoming pregnant, and to bump up their intake of iron and folic acid (a B vitamin to help prevent neurological birth defects that may occur in the first three months of pregnancy). Now, there is a strong case to be made that couples struggling with infertility can benefit from dietary changes.
Written in Partnership with Prenate, May 6, 2015
Trying to conceive? It’s important that you get your body ready for baby. Your doctor will want to review your health history and any current and past medical conditions. You will want to embrace lifestyle factors that can boost your fertility. That includes cutting out smoking and drinking, taking a good look at diet and weight and determining whether medications need to be stopped or altered. It’s also time to start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.
You eat a giant bagel and wash it down with an extra large coffee mixed with plenty of cream and sugar. Then you spend the next 6-plus hours stuck at your computer to make a pressing deadline. Your regular workout? There is no time. And when the day finally ends, you unwind by staying up to watch The Tonight Show or Conan and only drop off when full fatigue sets in.