Forget the myths that you’ve heard about how you can get pregnant. Throw them away and listen to the facts that would really help you. Statistics show that this is the growing concern for couples nowadays. So, here are pointers in having a baby that are never discussed with the doctors.
Before seeking medical help, remember some of the things you can do to enhance your own fertility potential.
Body weight, diet and exercise.
Proper diet and exercise are important for optimal reproductive function and women who are significantly overweight or underweight can have difficulty getting pregnant. Although most of a woman’s estrogen is manufactured in her ovaries, 30% is produced in fat cells. Because a normal hormonal balance is essential for the process of conception, it is not surprising that extreme weight levels, either high or low, can contribute to infertility. Body fat levels that are 10% to 15% above normal can contribute to infertility, with an overload of estrogen throwing off the reproductive cycle. Body fat levels 10% to 15% below normal can completely shut down the reproductive process, so that women with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or those who are on very low-calorie or restrictive diets are at risk, especially if their periods are irregular. Female athletes, marathon runners, dancers, and others who exercise very intensely may also find that their menstrual cycle is abnormal and their fertility is impaired.
Cigarette smoking has been associated with a decreased sperm count in men. Women who smoke also take longer to conceive.
Stop drinking alcohol.
Alcohol (beer and wine as well as hard liquor) intake in men has been associated with low sperm counts.
Review your medications.
A number of medications, including some of those used to treat ulcer problems and high blood pressure, can influence a man’s sperm count. If you are taking any medications, talk with your doctor about whether or not it can affect your fertility. Many medications taken during early pregnancy can affect the fetus. It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are attempting to become pregnant before taking prescription medications or over the counter medications, such as aspirin, antihistamines, or diet pills.
Stop abusing drugs.
Drugs such as marijuana and anabolic steroids decrease sperm counts. If you have used drugs, discuss this with your doctor. This is confidential information. Both partners should stop using any illicit drugs if they want a healthy baby.
Limit your caffeine (tea, soft drinks and coffee) intake.
Start vitamin supplements. Taking folic acid regularly helps to reduce the risk of the baby having a birth defect.