trying for a baby

If you’re trying for a baby – or if you think you might be soon, you will want to do everything you can to improve your chances of success.

In light of the current pandemic, you might not want to risk a trip to the doctor for advice. So to help you, we’ve come up with some of the most important things you can do to boost your fertility.

1. Eat and drink well

It may seem obvious, but eating a balanced diet is important when it comes to both improving your fertility and making your body a safe place to grow a baby. Try to avoid junk food and instead eat foods that will provide all the nutrients you need.

Red meat (in moderation), green leafy vegetables and complex carbohydrates like oats and whole grains are all beneficial in their nutritious content. They also keep you feeling fuller for longer so you aren’t tempted to snack on less healthy foods.

It is also important to drink lots of water, and to avoid alcohol. Think of this as a practice run for pregnancy!

2. Get more sleep

Lack of sleep has been linked to fertility issues, so do your best to get as close to the full eight hours as possible every night.

Here are some tips to help you sleep better:

  • Exercise (but not too close to bedtime) – fresh air and exercise are both great to help you sleep. But avoid any vigorous exercise in the two hours before bedtime, as it can also be stimulating
  • Avoid screens before bed – try to put your phone down and switch off the telly at least an hour before going to bed. The blue light emitted from digital screens has been shown to decrease levels of melanin, the sleep hormone
  • Maintain a regular bedtime – studies show that going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps to set your body clock so that you sleep better

3. Avoid stress

This is a tricky one, but if you can keep your life as calm and stress free as possible, it will boost your chances of conceiving.

Following some of the advice above will help. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding alcohol should help keep your stress levels on an even keel. By taking regular exercise and avoiding checking your email late at night can go some way to keeping you calm.

4. Get a fertility MOT

If you’re already doing some or all of the above, but want some reassurance about your fertility levels, why not book in for a fertility MOT?

We can perform blood tests and an ultrasound to check your pelvic health and hormone levels as well as your ovarian reserve. Even if you’re not actively trying for a baby yet, a fertility MOT can be a useful tool to analyse how soon you need to be thinking about it.

And while a clean bill of fertility health isn’t a guarantee of conception success, it can help to remove stress. And it might just help you sleep better at night.

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us.