For many couples, the next step in a happy fulfilling marriage is welcoming a child. If you , think you’ve reached that stage, then let’s tell you that your chance of getting pregnant will not miraculously increase if you have more sex. To improve fertility, simple changes in your lifestyle can go a long way.
TIME YOUR SEX
Track your cycle to determine the most probable days of ovulation. Rupal Rey , a gynaecologist, says, “Make love at least thrice in a week because it keeps the sperms healthy . While the egg lasts for about one day, sperms can live for a minimum of three days. Have intercourse in days that lead to ovulation, ideally three days before the big day . There are apps that can help you keep track of your ovulation and most fertile days. Also, try using lubes as it not only makes penetration easier, but increases motility of the sperm.”
SWITCH TO WHOLESOME DIET
Eat healthy; include protein, iron, zinc and vitamins C and D in your diet.Niharika Ved, a nutritionist and dietician, suggests, “Avoid processed food and look for organic varieties. Studies suggest that dietary fat is helpful in keeping the ovaries healthy. Ice creams, beans, greens, pumpkin seeds, bananas, eggs, almonds, citrus fruits, tofu and salmon are great to boost your chance of pregnancy.Consult your doctor if you need supplements as well.”
Most importantly, stay hydrated because water is important to keep the cervical fluid that helps sperm reach the egg active.
WATCH WHAT YOU DRINK
According to research, consuming more than five cups of coffee in a day affects a woman’s fertility rate.Similarly, alcohol is linked to feeble chances of pregnancy. Shashank Patel, a sexologist, says, “Women don’t need to cut out coffee and beverages completely; ensure you don’t have more than one cup of coffee every day. In men, smoking directly affects their sperm count.”
GET SOME SUN AND LOSE THAT FLAB
Yes, soaking in the sun helps increase fertility rate because it’s a natural source of vitamin D.Rupal adds, “Vitamin D increases the secretion of hormones that regulate the menstruation cycle. Also, when you step out in the early morning sun, it motivates you to exercise and keep your weight in check.While fat is necessary to ovulate, excess of it can play havoc with your cycle, lowering fertility rate.”
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