Most women make a conscious attempt to make adjustments to their lifestyle choices, or even visit a gynecologist to set a “plan of action” to increase their odds of getting pregnant. Apart from hearsay from our more fertile circle of friends, the following 5 tips will help prepare yourself and your body for pregnancy, and hopefully serve to help you increase your chances at fertility!
1. Healthy menstrual cycle
A healthy uterus is the most important if you are planning to get pregnant. This is where the fetus will go through growth and development after it is successfully implanted in the womb.
Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that you should pay more attention to keep your abdomen warm and avoid eating cold and spicy foods on the first three days of menstruation. Five days after the end of your menstruation cycle, you will need to nourish the body (ex. drink chicken soup) to keep your uterus healthy.
2. Get enough sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep plays an important role in the production and balancing of hormones. It helps refresh and restore your brain and organ systems and regulate important hormones in your body (including fertility-related hormones). It will be ideal if you can get 7–9 hours of deep, well rested sleep every night.
3. Exercise regularly
It is important to stay emotionally calm and allow yourself to be in a stress-free state as much as possible if you are trying to get pregnant. This is because stress is one of the factors that can affect your pregnancy chances. Exercising regularly stimulates the release of endorphins which can trigger a positive feeling in the body, while also helping to relieve stress and improve blood circulation. It is recommended to exercise at least 3 times a week, and try to incorporate more high-intensity cardiovascular exercises in your workout if possible.
4. Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Whether you are planning to conceive or not, having a balanced diet is always good for you! Although, we can’t deny that nutrition and healthy eating habits can boost your fertility and also lower the risk of birth defects or any pregnancy risks (like preeclampsia). To ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs, eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products. Also try to reduce empty calories, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine.
5. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
Smoking while you are trying to conceive can be challenging as it disrupts normal ovarian function and can affect the key female hormone levels. And if you are already with child, it can increase the health problems of your developing fetus and increase the chances of miscarriage. Smoking is bad for unborn babies as it might cause the baby to be born with a lower birth weight and increase the risk of health issues in the future. Alcohol is known to harm a growing fetus, even in small amounts. Consuming alcohol while you are pregnant can cause long-term problems for your baby, such as intellectual disability, behavioral issues, learning disabilities, and facial and heart defects.
Besides making these changes in your day-to-day life, you can also take health supplement to support your baby's brain development.
AFC Ultimate DHA70
Suitable for pregnant ladies, young children and even the elderly, Ultimate DHA70 extracts the fatty part of premium deep-sea tuna eye socket which contains the highest DHA content and lowest EPA content for optimal brain health. Its formulation is the golden ratio for permeating through the blood-brain barrier for the best absorption. It is clinically proven that regular consumption of AFC Japan Ultimate DHA 70 helps improve overall brain functions that promotes memory, learning and concentration. It supports brain development of fetuses, babies and growing children, and help relieves anxiety, hyperactivity & attention deficit related problems. It does not contain any preservatives, colourings and additives, is safe and recommended for long term consumption for all ages with no side effects.