Help Yourself

Healthy Life Style May Help:

Many factor influence a couples fertility potential. Here is some general advice that can help you achieve pregnancy or maximize your success with any fertility treatment.

Folic Acid:

It is recommended that you start folic acid supplementation at least one month prior to achieving a pregnancy. Folic Acid supplementation reduces the risk of neural tube defects in you baby (eg. spina bifida). Folic Acid can be taken alone or in combination with prenatal vitamins.

 

Weight:

Weight issues are important for both men and women when it comes to infertility. If you are overweight you should attempt to lose some of that excess weight.
Talk to one our doctors on the appropriate diet and exercise program for you.
Some patients maybe overweight due to medical conditions as well (eg. PCOS, insulin resistance, diabetes, thyroid problems). Your doctor will evaluate your specific condition and treat it if appropriate.
Being underweight can affect fertility as well. This is especially true if your periods are irregular or long. Some weight gain may be beneficial. For certain patients excessive exercise can be the culprit and reducing strenuous exercise often helps.

 


Smoking:

QUIT NOW. Smoking is deleterious to your health, your fertility and your baby. There are many ways that we can help. Several smoking cessation programs have proven to be helpful. Work with your doctor to find the best fit for you.

 

Alcohol:

Women must stop all alcohol during their pregnancy. It is also recommended that you stop drinking while trying to get pregnant. Men should minimize their drinking, and have at least several alcohol free days each week.

 

 

Exercise and Fitness:

Being fit prior to pregnancy will benefit you. You should at least develop a moderate level of fitness. We recommend 45 minutes of brisk walking 3-5 times per week. If you are very unfit then start with 10 minutes of walking 2 times per week and increase your time and intensity every week. Limit high intensity workouts to no more than 4 hours per week.

 

 

Rubella:

It is recommended that women be immune to rubella prior to pregnancy.

Ask your doctor to check if you are immune. This is done with a simple blood test.

If you are not immune then immunization will be recommended prior to attempting fertility.

 

Caffeine:

Both men and women should aim for <200mg of caffeine a day. 200mg is equivalent to 2 coffees / day, 2 energy drinks / day, 3 caffeinated sodas / day, 2-3 teas / day.
Reduce your caffeine intake gradually so as to not suffer the impact of caffeine withdrawal.

 


PAP Smear:

Make sure that you have had your

yearly PAP smear and that it is normal.

 

 

Healthy Eating:

A healthy diet should include fruit and vegetables each day, high quality protein (lean meat, fish, eggs, beans, lentils).
You also need to eat complex carbohydrates (whole grains).
Vitamins should be a part of your diet. (prenatal vitamins and folic acid will supplement what you don’t get from your diet)
Keep a low fat diet. Any fats in your diet should be healthy fats (e.g. Olive Oil)
Avoid certain fish that may have high levels of mercury (swordfish, marlin, shark and catfish)