Algoma District School Board – Brain Boosters

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Did you know that a few simple lifestyle changes that you make can increase your chances of conception by 70%? Did you also know that by not making some of these changes, they can inhibit you from ever conceiving? Scary, Huh? Well don’t be. What we are going to be talking about in this article are what changes you can make in your lifestyle that will actually turn into fertility boosters in the long run. Let’s get started!

Obesity: This problem can actually prevent women from ovulating. When a women’s body mass index (BMI) is over 34, her chances of conceiving will decrease drastically as well as conceiving a healthy fetus. By women being significantly over weight she increases her chances of a miscarriage, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes which can also lead to complications during the pregnancy and to the baby. The main reason women who are over weight may have a harder time conceiving can be caused by a hormonal imbalance. The hormonal imbalance is caused and created by the fat cells in a woman’s body. The fat cells in her body will then produce more estrogen which makes it harder to conceive.
Caffeine: Here is a big one! Caffeine can dramatically reduce your chances of conceiving, especially if you are under going fertility treatments. If you are like most women, it is hard to give up that Starbucks cup of coffee or latté in the morning. Like some of us, without caffeine in the morning you may experience headaches or migraines. So if this is the case, start weaning yourself off slowly and gradually from the caffeine. There are many coffees and teas that you can purchase in the grocery store with half the caffeine. As you are doing this, increase your intake of water in the morning and throughout the day .This will also help decrease and alleviate the headaches.
Underweight: As in being over weight, underweight can prevent you from ovulating as well. Women who have a body mass index (BMI) of 18 and below may have a problem conceiving even if they have normal regular periods each month. One of the biggest misconceptions is that if a woman has a monthly period, then she must be ovulating as well.
Smoking: Many research studies have concluded that smoking decreases a woman’s chance of conceiving up to 60% and will even damage her eggs. Smokers also have a higher chance of miscarriage, complications during pregnancy and low birth weight. Women who can stop smoking will prevent further reduction in egg quality and increase her chances of conception and a healthier pregnancy.
Drinking: Studies have shown one or two drinks a week shouldn’t prevent you from conceiving. Red wine has actually been proven to be good for woman’s health. Although no link has been found with this quantity of alcohol to prevent conception, moderation is the key. Women who drink excessively will decrease their chances of conception and risk major birth defects if they conceive.
Depression: Many women who struggle with infertility issues become depressed. Depression can increase a woman’s inability to conceive even more. Women who are clinically depressed typically don’t eat well, exercise and in generally don’t take care of themselves as they should. Joining a fertility support group during this time can help with these issues and most often do. 

There are many other fertility boosters that can help with conception that most couples have never even heard of. Such boosters include Reflexology, Yoga, Meditation, The Bowen Technique, Femoral Massages, Qi Gong Breathing, Dental Hygiene and many more. For more information about these and others, please visit our site below.

Regina Preetorius is a mother of 3, with twins included. She has dealt with many infertility issues personally such as endometriosis, recurring miscarriages, obesity, advanced aging, low sperm count and motility, depression and irregular cycles. She has studied both western and eastern medicine when it comes to infertility, as well as different treatment options for couples having problems with conception. For More information about fertility boosters to consider, please visit http://infertilitytopregnancyformenandwomen.blogspot.com/.

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