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5 Things to Avoid When You’re Trying to Conceive

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Some factors regarding your fertility might be beyond your control, but many lifestyle choices in your control have an effect on your fertility. We’ve all heard plenty of advice about what to do when you’re trying to get pregnant, but sometimes what you don’t do is just as important!

 

 

 

Here are five things we recommend that patients avoid while trying to get pregnant:

1. Smoking

Smoking can affect the ability of a fertilized egg to implant, the quality of the eggs themselves and can often times negatively the impact the growing embryo after pregnancy is achieved.

The toxins from smoking may hinder a woman’s reproductive capability, damaging natural cell growth and development. They are also known to have negative effects on regular menstruation, creating a smaller window of opportunity for women to get pregnant in.

2. Alcohol

Because the amount of alcohol that it is safe for an individual to consume during and before pregnancy is unknown, our fertility specialists advise that those trying to conceive refrain from consuming alcohol in excess.

3. Recreational Drugs and Some Prescription Medications

It is always advised to discuss any and all medication use with your physician, regardless of whether or not you are trying to conceive. There are a number of medications, however, that have been linked to troubles with conception. Our reproductive specialists are here to help guide you through the process of weaning off of certain medications that may affect your fertility treatments and achieving pregnancy.

Some medications that are advised to avoid are acne medications, clotting medications, medications for hypertension, and medications for epilepsy. Additionally, it is advised that anti-inflammatory steroids are avoided unless otherwise specified by your physician. Recreational drugs such as marijuana have also been known to affect sperm motility (the sperm’s ability to move) and pregnancy.

It is best to consult one of our fertility specialists about any other drugs or prescription medications that you have questions about.

4. Excessive Red Meat & Saturated Fats

Excessive intake of red meats has been shown to affect embryo implantation and pregnancy.

Laurel Fertility Care providers often recommend that patients decrease the amount of red meat they consume while trying to achieve pregnancy. Limiting the amount of red meat earn can help to lower the level of oxidation in the body which helps prepare the body to achieve a successful pregnancy.

Additionally, we recommend avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol. They can increase unhealthy weight gain and the risk for miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. Low-fat dairy, high-mercury fish, and deli meats should all also be avoided to maintain a healthy weight with limited fat intake.

5. Chronic Stress

High amounts of stress can have adverse effects on your health whether you are trying to conceive or not, but stress can cause hormonal shifts that may impact your ovulation and fertility. While we understand that avoiding stress altogether isn’t very realistic, we encourage you to consider new ways to help better manage stress like yoga, journaling, acupuncture or meditation.

Laurel Fertility Care has partnered with Infertility Unfiltered to offer support series to all of our patients at no cost. We know that having a support system or a group of people who understand your situation can be extremely comforting and stress-relieving. In these support groups, Infertility Unfiltered’s experts cover important topics like self care, emotional stress, grief, friendships, forgiveness, shame and more.

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Changing lifestyle and regular dietary habits are not always easy, but we recommend avoiding these five things in order to help increase your chances of having a baby.

Contact Laurel Fertility Care to request an appointment with a provider and discuss your fertility challenges. Our knowledgeable staff led by our highly credentialed team have achieved remarkable success, and they aim to offer you the best chance of having your family through a personalized treatment plan.