Deciding to get pregnant can be a time of excitement and stress, especially if conception doesn’t occur as quickly. Many couples spend months trying to get pregnant, while others may seem to conceive with little effort. Although you may know what you need to do to get pregnant, knowing what not to do can be just as important. Improve your odds of conceiving a baby by reviewing your current activities and eliminating those that may restrict your ability to get pregnant.
Although the expectation of gaining weight may want to lose a few extra pounds, strict dieting during this time can affect your health and may reduce your chances of conceiving. According to MayoClinic.com, women who strictly reduce their calories may experience infertility problems due to inadequate amounts of vitamin B12, iron, zinc and folic acid. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes nutritional items, such as whole grains, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and fresh fruits.
Too much exercise may affect your ovaries’ ability to produce eggs. MayoClinic.com advises that exercising for more than seven hours each week may reduce your chances of ovulation. Stay in shape by performing non-strenuous activities, such as walking, swimming and yoga. Avoid activities that leave you feeling exhausted and short of breath.
Smoking can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. Cigarettes may also counteract the beneficial effects of fertility treatments. Continuing to smoke during your pregnancy may also increase your risk of a miscarriage. Encourage your husband and others around you to give up this harmful habit; minimizing your chances of inhaling other’s smoke.
Although the stress of trying to conceive may make you want to relax with a glass of wine, avoid drinking alcohol while trying to get pregnant. Continue to abstain from alcoholic beverages after you become pregnant, holding off on this type of celebratory drink until after the birth of your new baby.