AD| We all remember that awkward sex education lesson at school, but unfortunately those lessons never actually go into any real detail about our reproductive health. They teach us the basics about puberty and sex, but they don’t give us any deeper information. To elaborate, how much do you truly know about how to improve your fertility, and therefore increase the chances of conceiving and giving birth to a healthy baby? Did you know that even if you and/or your partner has had a healthy baby in the past, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to have another one, as fertility can change (especially with age).
It’s important to understand these sorts of things, regardless of whether or not you actually want to become a parent any time soon if only to ensure you are both physically and mentally healthy. I have teamed up with a fertility clinic in London to share some facts about fertility and how you can ensure you are doing the right things to improve your reproductive health…
Diet & Fertility
The importance of a healthy diet should never be underestimated. There is no miracle food that can ensure you will get pregnant and carry a baby to term, especially if you have unrelated fertility issues, but a nutritious, healthy diet can certainly help in many cases. Here are some foods you should consider adding to your diet if you’re hoping to conceive:
- Eggs: full of protein, vitamin B12 and vitamin E
- Avocado: full of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and regulates ovulation
- Fish: a source of essential fatty acids and omega 3
- Garlic: contains vitamin B6 which helps to regulate hormones
- Full fat day: a great source of calcium which is essential in the development of embryos
Maintaining a healthy weight is absolutely crucial if you want to have a baby, so try and consider ways to improve your diet and make sure you’re getting regular, moderate exercise.
Ovulation & Pregnancy
You may think that you can get pregnant and any time during the month, as long as you are not using any birth control or contraception. However, this isn’t true. The best time to get pregnant is within a day or two of ovulation. There are kits you can use to determine whether or not you are ovulating.