If you’re trying to get pregnant, apart from the obvious ‘trying’, there are other things you should consider. Healthy lifestyle changes would be a good start. Here are a few things you should avoid in order to increase your chances of a baby bump.
1. Too much Caffeine
The key word here is - too much. If you can stop drinking coffee altogether then that’s well and good but if you’re one of those people who can’t start their day without a coffee, then don’t let us stop you. Heavy coffee consumption has been linked with fertility problems because it interferes with your ability to absorb iron and can dehydrate you.
2. Alcohol and Smoking
Alcohol intake is directly linked to decreased infertility in women. So it’s best to avoid alcohol completely but even if you find yourself in a situation where you have to drink, then limit yourself to 1 or 2 glasses. According to American society for reproductive medicine, it takes longer for smokers to conceive than non-smokers because the former’s eggs are prone to genetic abnormalities. Smoking will also reduce the sperm count in men. So advise your partner against it, if he has a smoking habit.
If you’re putting yourself under the constant pressure of getting pregnant, the opposite is bound to happen. If you’re stressing out about other things such as work life or family, try different techniques like - meditation, therapy or yoga. These will serve as a way to release your stress and not affect your reproductive system.
4. Certain food items
Foods that are contaminated such as fish high in mercury levels should be avoided. Eating these on a regular basis may lead to mercury being stored in your body which might harm the fetus’s nervous system. It is also recommended to avoid foods that contain trans fat in them - popcorn, fried foods and baked goods because they might disrupt the flow of nutrients to the reproductive system.
There’s conflicting evidence on this one. But a few studies show that vaginal lubricants - both store bought as well as homemade (certain oils) can damage the sperm and their ability to travel towards the egg to fertilize it. This is because the pH of lubricants can mess with the pH of the cervical mucus which is perfect just before ovulation for the sperm to fertilization. The thickness of the lubricant also contributes to why it might be difficult for the sperm to penetrate. So best skip lubrication and focus more on foreplay when you’re getting down to it.