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Trying to conceive? 8 steps to increase fertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, November 24, 2007 | 0 comments

Maximize your pregnancy odds with this diet and exercise plan

Trying to get pregnant?

There are many factors involved, but a very common issue with many women are problems with ovulation.

According to a study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, women who followed a combination of five or more of the following healthy lifestyle factors, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of these factors.

This new report was published in the November 1, 2007, issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

(It’s important to mention that the relationship between a healthier diet and lesser risk for infertility was similar for different subgroups of women regardless of age and whether or not they had been pregnant in the past. This study did not examine risk associated with other kinds of infertility, such as low sperm count in men.)

8 steps to increase fertility

1. Maintain a healthy weight (and lose weight, if you’re overweight)

2. Avoid trans fat. Trans fat is typically found in stick margarine, fried food and hydrogenated oil.

3. Stop eating excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates.

4. Consume more protein from vegetables rather than from animals. Good sources of vegetable protein include beans (all types) and lentils.

5. Eat fiber-rich foods. Best sources of fiber include vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.

6. Consider taking a standard multivitamin.

7. Exercise every day for at least 30 minutes.

8. Consume one daily serving of full-fat dairy (i.e., 1 cup whole milk, full fat yogurt, or 1-2 ounces cheese). That’s because a recent report showed full fat dairy may help increase fertility in women more so than low-fat/non-fat dairy. That said, full fat dairy is loaded with calories and saturated fat, thus, I recommend you make only ONE of your daily servings full fat.

Bottom line: Lose weight if you’re overweight, make smart food choices and exercise regularly – these lifestyle factors may help you become more fertile if you’re experiencing problems with ovulation.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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