5 Ways to Improve Fertility

If you’re trying to get pregnant and it hasn’t been working so far, read these quick tips to boost your fertility and start your family.

1. Control Your Weight
Your weight before getting pregnant often gets overlooked, but is an important factor. Keeping a healthy weight will help with conception and keep you and your baby healthier throughout your pregnancy. The ideal BMI is anything below 19 as long as you are also not considered underweight.
2. Protect the Sperm
Recent studies haven’t found much of a difference in the boxers vs. briefs debate, but more of difference when exposed to heat. Hot tubs and hot baths are known to affect a man’s fertility. Other things like long term exposure to laptops and cells may also affect the fertility in a man.
3. Watch Your Beverage Intake
Women who consume more than 5 cups of coffee a day or 2 or more alcoholic drinks per day decrease their fertility by nearly 60%. Consuming caffeine and alcohol in moderation prior to becoming pregnant is fine, but you will have to cut it out completely when pregnant.
4. Quit Smoking
Smoking cigarettes negatively affects a woman and man’s fertility. Men that smoke while trying to conceive a child reduce their sperm count and can damage their DNA. Quitting smoking before a woman gets pregnant also reduces the risks of miscarriage compared to quitting while pregnant.
5. Utilize the Fertile Window
The fertile window is known as the 6 days that end on the day of ovulation. You are most likely to get pregnant within the 3 days before ovulation, which occurs 14 days prior to the menstrual period. To track your ovulation you can use a smartphone application or a simple calendar.