Most of the best fertility tips for women are commonsense (don’t smoke, eat right); but some may surprise you. These tips range from female hormones to preseed lubricants – and include a bit ‘o advice on prenatal vitamins…
“Large doses of certain types of vitamins – particularly vitamin A – are believed to be harmful to the developing baby,” writes Ann Douglas in The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything In Between. “That’s why it’s important to stick with a vitamin that’s been formulated for use during pregnancy when you’re trying to conceive.”
I knew it was important to take prenatal vitamins for the folic acid, but didn’t know about the vitamin A — which is why it’s so important to keep researching fertility tips when you’re trying to get pregnant. There’s a lot to learn!
If you’re not taking prenatal vitamins, Fairhaven Health carries a Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Vitamin.
If you’re into natural vitamins, try Nature Made’s Prenatal Multiple Vitamin and Mineral for Pregnant or Lactating Women.
And, here are 10 natural tips for getting pregnant…
Fertility Tips for Women – From Hormones to Lubricants
Eat foods that balance female hormones
If your hormones are out of whack, you may not be getting regular periods. If you’re not getting regular periods, you may not be ovulating predictably (or at all). If you’re not ovulating predictably, you can’t time intercourse so the sperm and egg meet and live happily ever after. So, one of the best fertility tips for women is to make sure your periods are normal and regular.
Talk to your doctor if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year
So many readers ask me for fertility help! While I love hearing from you all — I love when readers comment — I can’t diagnose fertility problems or offer specific advice on health issues. It’s crucial to get in-person fertility help and tips if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year or more.
Remember that it takes most couples a year to get pregnant — so try to enjoy the anticipation and hope. I know it’s not as fun as people think…if you’re frustrated, read Taking Too Long to Get Pregnant? 5 Baby Making Tips.
Take care of your chronic health issues
Are you struggling with diabetes, depression, or dental problems? Seriously — teeth and gum problems can affect your fertility. Diabetes and depression medications can affect your reproductive system. Poor health or ongoing health issues has a direct effect on your ability to get pregnant, so be proactive about getting and staying as healthy as possible.
Your overall health affects both women’s and men’s fertility levels.
Consume normal-fat dairy products
Drink whole milk and put normal-fat yogurt on your cereal, instead of low-fat or fat-free milk products. Harvard research shows that a diet of low-fat dairy foods was associated with an increased risk of infertility, while an increased intake of high-fat dairy foods was associated with a lower risk of infertility. Women consuming at least 2 servings of low-fat dairy foods per day showed an 85% increased risk of infertility. On the other hand, women consuming at least 1 serving of high-fat dairy foods per day showed a 27% reduced risk of infertility.
If you’re worried this fertility tip for women will increase weight gain, remember how big a serving is: a handful. One serving is not a pile of food!
Avoid caffeine, cigarettes, and cocktails
This isn’t just a fertility tip, it’s a holistic health tip that will keep you fit and happy! Cut down on your coffee, soda pop, smokes, and alcoholic beverages. My fertility doctor told me that a cup of coffee a day is fine. Also, learn how to manage your stress levels. The happier and calmer you are, the higher your chances of getting pregnant.
Talk to your family members about infertility issues
Did your mom have troubles getting pregnant? Did your uncle have sperm health issues? Did your grandparents need fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization to get pregnant? (not likely — IVF has only been around for 40 years!). Learning about your family’s history of infertility may help you get pregnant faster.
Don’t ignore male fertility tips!
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to focus on both female and male fertility. Sometimes couples automatically assume getting pregnant is the woman’s “job” or responsibility — when it’s an equal opportunity endeavor. Improve male fertility (especially sperm health and motility) by eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, omega-3 fatty oils (especially DHA), and foods with folic acid (eg, leafy green veggies, beans, whole grains).
Keep sperm healthy by keeping them cool
In the winter, you may use your car seat warmers to stay warm, but they can decrease your sperm count and health. “Sperm do not like too much heat,” says Lorne Brown, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, BC. “Men are designed this way by having the testicles on the outside of the body, to help keep them slightly cooler than the rest of the body.”
To improve your fertility naturally, keep your sperm cool. Another tip for fertility and getting pregnant is for men to avoid hot tubs and working with their computer laptops on their laps.
Have sex daily before you ovulate
New research shows that couples trying to get pregnant should have intercourse every day for up to a week before ovulation. This keeps improves sperm quality and ensures there are lots of sperm waiting for the egg when she drops! f you don’t know when you’re ovulating, you need to invest in an ovulation test.
Use Pre-Seed lubricants to help increase fertility
Many over-the-counter lubricants (such as FemGlide, Replens, Astroglide) will damage or destroy sperm — which won’t help you get pregnant! An easy, fun fertility tip is to use a sperm friendly lubricant, such as Pre-Seed. It’s been shown not only to be sperm friendly, but also to increase sperm motility.
If you have any comments or questions on these fertility tips for women, please share below…