Overcoming fertility problems
Following a healthy lifestyle and tracking fertile days can help women conceive naturally, writes Dr Lavanya Kiran
Planning a baby is one of the biggest steps in a couple’s life. As one in every six couples faces fertility problems in India, this whimsical process of making a baby ends up becoming strenuous and stressful for many. Well, even though some fertility problems are not preventable, there are certain vital actions one can take to help initiate your new beginning.
So, if any of your close ones have been trying to get pregnant for quite some time without success, here are six tips you should share with them. These will ease their stress and could help them get pregnant faster.
While many couples don’t focus on this, food and fertility are closely linked. Help your body in conceiving by consuming a balanced nutritious diet of vegetables rich in vitamins and iron like spinach and broccoli, whole grains (whole wheat, brown rice, millets etc), and protein like paneer, eggs, fish, soya etc. Also, reduce the intake of processed foods, maida, and sugar from your diet.
Be fit and active
By this, we definitely do not mean over-exerting yourself. But a daily regime of moderate physical activity improves hormone balance, blood flow, and maximises your chances of getting pregnant. Avoid straining yourself in order to stay slim; instead maintain a healthy weight. Try brisk walking, light jogging, cycling, and sports like swimming to help overcome infertility.
Track your fertile days
It is possible to get pregnant only during a few days every cycle. That is why it important for couples to educate themselves about their most fertile days as every woman has her own unique cycle, which is controlled by their hormone levels. Therefore, using fertility monitors, which identify up to six fertile days of your cycle, can help you a lot. Fertility monitors from brands like Inito, Daysy etc are gaining popularity. These are at-home tests that make tracking your ovulation cycles easy and convenient and have been proven to increase chances of getting pregnant naturally.
Reduce stress and anxiety
We know how daunting the process of getting pregnant is. However, letting yourself get affected by the constant pressure of starting a family can affect the chances of getting pregnant. Stress and anxiety tend to reduce the release of fertility hormones and can even suppress ovulation. So, the next time you think your stress levels are reaching for the roof, try meditating or doing yoga to calm your nerves.
Share your feelings
Building up emotions within oneself is not ideal for getting pregnant. Talking about it to your partner or a confidante will not only make you feel better, but they might be in a better position to share a viable solution. Many times, talking to friends and family and sharing your inner thoughts can help you combat bouts of anxiety.
Caffeine, alcohol intake
Cutting down on caffeine and eliminating alcohol can also improve your chances of conception. While moderate amount of tea or coffee is safe, you shouldn’t have too much. Alcohol, on the other hand, is definitely a no and can aggravate problems like irregular periods and lack of ovulation.
Fertility issues are widespread these days and affect millions of couples in India. These simple tips of following a healthy lifestyle and tracking fertile days using fertility monitors can go a long way in helping couples conceive naturally.
The writer is a gynecologist at Narayana Healthcare Women and Child Institute
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