Trying to Conceive: Weird Fertility Tips

So you’ve gotten it down, right, mamas? You know how to track your cycle, how to make sure both you and your partner are eating right, so now all that’s left is to get it on, right? Not so fast! Did you know there are other assorted weird things that can both boost and hurt your fertility? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered! Below we’re breaking down exactly what can help boost your fertility, as well as things to avoid.

Things to Help Fertility

Put more focus on breakfast: Clinical Science published a study in 2013 that claimed that eating a hearty breakfast can boost fertility for women that have an irregular cycle. The researchers focused on women with PCOS ( polycystic ovary syndrome), which is a hormonal imbalance that interferes with the development and release of a woman’s eggs. They divided these women into two groups: one group consumed just over half of their calories at breakfast, the other consumed just over half their calories at dinner. Three months later, the former group had a much higher rate of ovulating. So go on and order that extra helping of pancakes!

Get more creative than missionary: We’ve all heard it: getting down with your partner on top results in the best sperm placement. However, some OB/GYNs say otherwise. No position has an advantage over the others, so get comfortable with what feels best. What really matters is what you already know: the timing and frequency of sex. During your fertile period, it’s suggested to have sex once or twice a day. So go on with your bad self, mama!

Increasing folic acid intake: We know you’ve heard all about the vitamins and nutrients you need to be taking when pregnant or trying to conceive. But if there’s one above the rest, it’s folic acid. This is used to create red blood cells, which is imperative for an expecting mom. Make sure you’re trying to hit at least 400 micrograms of this a day–if it’s hard to fit that into your diet naturally, just pick up a supplement. Otherwise, you can start adding the following foods to your daily meals: spinach, eggs and grains like pasta.

Things That Hurt Fertility

Intense Exercise: Exercise is one of those things that is typically universally good for you. However, when trying to conceive or expecting, there are definitely restrictions. A large Danish study that was published in 2012 found that in women of normal weight, intense exercise like running long distance, swimming and fast cycling for five-plus hours a week experienced delays in getting pregnant. However, they found that women that participated in low-impact exercise (think a brisk walk) had better chances of conceiving. So get moving, but don’t overdo it.

Poor Oral Health: This one might seem a little weird, but there can be a correlation between your oral health and your odds of conceiving. According to a spokesperson for the American Academy of Periodontology, several studies have shown that women using fertility treatments had higher levels of gum inflammation and bleeding than those who were able to conceive naturally. Perhaps it’s not down to an exact science, but it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re flossing and brushing daily, and keeping up on your bi-annual dentist appointments.

Phthalates: We’re sure you’re asking–what are phthalates? They are a type of synthetic chemical that is found in plastics and a lot of cosmetics, and can heavily compromise your ability to conceive. To minimize your exposure, make sure you’re reading the contents of your beauty products very closely. To find all kinds of beauty products that are phthalate-free, jump over to our shop. You’ll want to steer clear of phthalates while carrying and breastfeeding as well.

Medications: There are several kinds of medications that can heavily impact your ability to conceive. This is all-encompassing and can include anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and others. Essentially, anything that works with hormones can affect your ability to get pregnant. The best way to find out if you’re medications are safe or not is to have a discussion with your OB/GYN about what is safe and what is not.

Remember that this is just a simple guide. Our number one recommendation is to always let your physician and OB/GYN know that you and your partner are trying to conceive. They will be your most valuable resources throughout this time in your life.

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