Lifestyle Tips For Boosting Fertility

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Fertility and nutrition

Studies have found that women trying to get pregnant naturally need nutrients like folic acid, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy diet for positive effects on fertility

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Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal suggests a few nutrition-related tips to boost fertility. Try them if you have been planning to conceive lately.

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Nourishing diet

A healthy diet ensures your body is getting adequate nutrition. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains and lean protein.

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Healthy weight

Obesity, being overweight and underweight can all interfere with ovulation. Maintain a healthy BMI for normal ovulation to get pregnant. 

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Antioxidants, such as zinc and folate, have been shown to potentially improve fertility. They can reduce damage to egg and sperm cells caused by free radicals.

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Folic acid

Folic acid is found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, dried beans and peas. This B vitamin helps prevent birth defects and facilitates production and maintainence of new cells. 

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Avoid drinking

Consuming large quantities of alcohol can reduce fertility. Alcohol intake also has a negative impact on reproductive function.

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Take less stress

Being chronically stressed can affect fertility. It can have a deeper hindering effect on your health and can come in the way of you getting pregnant.

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Quit smoking

Smoking has been linked to infertility and early menopause. It can negatively affect sperm quality and increase risk of preterm birth or low birth-weight.

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Exercise regularly to maintain hormonal balance and improve your chances of conception. It can be yoga, cycling, jogging or any exercise of your choice.

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Cut back on caffeine

It is wise to cut back on caffeine if you are trying to get pregnant. However, female fertility is not likely to be affected by intake of caffeine below 200 mg. 

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Sleep well

An American Society for Reproductive Medicine study says that women with low quality of sleep had lesser fertility rates as compared to those who got adequate rest.

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