The minutes you’re waiting for the results of your pregnancy test can be the longest of your life. Some will embrace motherhood as they notice a small plus sign coming into focus, but for countless others that celebrated symbol will fail to appear.
Infertility affects a staggering number of women in the United States, 7.4 million to be exact. The good news is that with lifestyle changes, a little inside knowledge on improving conception odds and fertility treatments (if necessary), women can tip the scales in their favor.
Cary L Dicken, MD at Sher Fertility Institute New York provides the following list of fertility resolutions to improve your overall well-being and boost your fertility to bring you one step closer to turning that negative to a positive.
1. Take Vitamins
Vitamins like Zinc, Folic Acid and Vitamin B6 can be crucial to the health of your reproductive system which can aide in pregnancy. For a full list of vitamins you need to conceive, click HERE.
2. Track Your Cycle and Use Ovulation Tests
Yes! There’s an app for that. Download the Glow App to help track your cycle. An added bonus is they have a great support system built in so if you’re feeling alone, there are millions of people there to talk to who are going through the same thing.
3. Put The Right Things In Your Body
You are what you eat! (and drink). Make sure you dial back on processed foods, caffeine, any smoking products and nicotine. Things you should add? Check out this list HERE.
4. Learn To Manage Stress
While infertility is not caused by stress, infertility certainly does cause stress! Psychology today has a great guide on how to manage your stress when undergoing infertility treatments. Read it HERE.
5. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maybe you are overweight, maybe you are underweight. We don’t care about your number, you’re beautiful as you are! However, a recent study led by Dr. Van der Steeg, a medical researcher at the Academic Medical Center in the Netherlands, found that women whose BMI (body mass index) is in the overweight or obese category have a much harder time becoming pregnant. A normal BMI falls in the range of 18.5 to 24.9. Anything above 25 is considered to be overweight, and over 30 is obese. The results of the study showed that the chance of pregnancy was lowered by four percent for every BMI over 29 when compared to women with a BMI in the 21-29 range. Additionally, women with a BMI between 35-40 had a 23-43% less chance of pregnancy when compared to those in the healthy range.
Whether you’re just beginning your infertility journey, or if you’ve been on this road for a while, we’re here for you. If you have any questions about fertility resolutions, or just general questions about infertility we’re here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and remember, you are never alone.
Contact Sher Fertility Institute New York at 646-792-7476 or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility doctors. Our Patient Care Specialists will contact you within the next 24 hours.