Nutrition and Fitness

When dealing with infertility, there are things about your body that you can’t control. However, both you and your partner may increase your chances of conception by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  When your body is at its peak, so is your fertility. Here are some nutrition and fitness guidelines that can help both you and your partner increase fertility.

Maintain a normal body weight

Maintain a healthy BMI.  A body mass index between 18 and 29 along with a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes.  A BMI >35 may make IVF treatment and the administration of anesthesia unsuitable for you. 

Follow Nutrition Basics

Become familiar with nutrition basics to help you to eat a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Not only can being overweight affect fertility, being underweight can too.

Exercise moderately

Exercise that is too strenuous can lower sperm count in men and may cause women to stop ovulating. Moderate exercise, however, can be beneficial to maintaining normal body weight and reducing stress.

Take vitamins

Take a multivitamin with:

  • Calcium, 400mg
  • Vitamin D, 800IU
  • Folic Acid, 400mcg 

Review natural supplement usage 

Many people assume that because herbs are natural they are beneficial. That’s not always the case when it comes to fertility.  Many natural supplements may have adverse effects on both men and women’s reproductive systems. Review any herbs or other natural supplements that you may be taking with your fertility specialist.