Your Health & Fertility

Being a parent and becoming pregnant is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, however it can also be a stressful time as well and a times not even worthwhile.  In Australia, approximately one in six couples will have trouble trying to conceive a child by

Unfortunately many couples believe medical treatments that are costly is the only option to help them conceive. However the truth is that there are many ways a woman can increase her fertility the natural way with some simple lifestyle changes including:

  • weight loss or even weight gain
  • reduction in stress levels
  • improved sleeping habits, at least 8 hours a night
  • improved nutritional intake, minimal intake of the bad foods we love to eat

Your Weight and Fertility

Australia has a 62% rate of obesity among adults! Being overweight increases the chance of medical problems including:

  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • infertility  (being over weight or under weight can be a key cause of infertility)

Stats have indicated that 70% of women who are infertile due to a distorted body weight will spontaneously conceive once their weight is corrected.

For overweight/obese women, weight loss is a must and for slender women, weight gain is a must to regulate fertility.

Under the guidance of a doctor and dietician, an overweight/obese woman needs to loose the additional weight to allow her body to perform normally again.  This could take up to 6 months or more.  For a slender person again weight gain needs to occur under guidance.

Stress Levels and Fertility

For many years, women have been told to just “relax and it will happen” or that they were “trying too hard”.  Unfortunately for the millions of frustrated women battling infertility, these comments never helped the pain of trying to conceive.  However as unhelpful these comments may seem, they are not totally useless as new research indicates that infertility can be linked to high levels of stress–in as many as 30% of all infertility cases.

Although the direct link between stress and infertility is still unclear, doctors are confident that it lies in the production of certain hormones.  Similar to weight, stress is another rather easy cause of infertility that can be treated. Some of the best ways to reduce stress include acupuncture, yoga, deep breathing exercises, foot reflexology, and massage.

Sleeping Habits and Fertility

According to the National Sleep Foundation, a woman (age 30 – 60 years) should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Reality however, dictates that the average woman only gets 6 hours 41 minutes of sleep each weeknight. This in the long term can affect a woman's ability to conceive as it can interfere with the hormonal levels.

Here are some tips to aid better sleeping habits:

1. Get into a routine. Train your body to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

2. Don’t over stimulate yourself before going to bed. Try to avoid things such as computer screens, TV’s, and books just before or while trying to fall asleep.

3. Set the mood. Make sure that the bedroom is dark and void of all stimulation that can keep you awake.

4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the evening.

5. Get comfortable in bed. Ensure you are not too hot or too cold.

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