“It is the most powerful creation to have life that is growing inside you. There is no bigger gift” Beyonce.
The gift of pregnancy is a wonderful phase in woman’s life. But there are a lot of women, who presently are finding themselves little farther from experiencing this gift. Studies show that, around 10% women across the world between the age of 15 to 44 years have difficulty in getting pregnant1. The reason for not being able to conceive can be manifold like medical, genetic or lifestyle disorders. While the first two cannot be rectified without medical intervention, however mending our lifestyle disorders is definitively at our own stride. However, if you have been blaming only yourself for not being able to enjoy motherhood, remember that, getting pregnant is a teamwork. And therefore, your partner’s lifestyle choices should be equally evaluated.
This article is going to give a clear view on it.
Read on to find out
- Eating right is never wrong: Eat healthy! Live healthy! Even though your mind wants you to embrace this phrase, your heart lures you towards grabbing fast food and unfortunately you surrender to your heart’s wishes. Additionally, the convenience of getting junk food at your doorstep through these food-ordering apps, makes this “eat healthy” resolution, a more far-fetched dream. The reason why you should avoid junk food is not only because they are high in trans-fat, but they also cause insulin-resistance, which is considered as one of the main culprits of infertility.
Your partner, on the other hand, should also go easy on “trans-fat”, as it might lower the sperm count and quality3.
Tips: Therefore, it is advisable to eat home-made food and include fruits and veggies in to your regular diet.
- Is your weight weighing you down? If the answer is yes, there you need to understand that, weight has an inverse relationship with your metabolism. An unhealthy weight, affects the hormonal changes (estrogen and progesterone levels) in your body. These hormone levels help in regulating your menstrual cycle and plays an important role in pregnancy. But the increasing fat cells can sometimes produce too much or too little of these hormones, disrupting regular ovulation, menstrual cycles, thus making the uterine walls thick and provoking ovarian cyst or PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)5.
However, being overweight or obese can reduce your partner’s fertility also.
Tips: Therefore, exercise regularly and watch out on what you eat.
- Stress is the biggest villain: In today’s day and age, high-stress is but unavoidable. The dominance of stress can be seen on your social media, work life and also personal circle. Although a direct association between stress and infertility is debatable, however high levels of stress can provoke you to adapt in-disciplined lifestyle like irregular sleep-patterns, emotional eating, not exercising enough and so on. As you know, these lifestyle choices have a direct co-relation with infertility.
Moreover, prolonged emotional stress may affect your partner’s sperm count too9.
Tips: Practice meditation, choose a hobby that you and partner can enjoy and take vacations at regular intervals, thus reducing your stress-levels.
Your biological clock is not your best friend: These days, everybody is caught up in a rat race. Moreover, both men and women are so career-conscious that, they plan to get married late. And plan a family even later. Turns out to be that, age is one of the factors that affects fertility. Although women’s peak reproductive years are from the late teens to late 20s, by the time she reaches her 30s, her fertility starts declining. A male’s fertility, on the other hand remains submerged, until he’s in his 40s, but it affects his (female) partner’s pregnancy10.
Tips: Start family planning before you hit 30.
- Smoking is injurious for conceiving: That it is. With the chemicals released from smoke like nicotine, cyanide and carbon monoxide while you are smoking, you are unknowingly losing your eggs rapidly. And thus, diminishing egg-reserve. This rule should be applicable to your partner also, as it lowers his sperm count.
Tips: Quit smoking and save your eggs and sperms!
Drinking large affects fertility at large! Consuming seven or more drinks a week weakens your sperm counts and negatively impacts your eggs.
Tips: Consume alcohol within safe limits.
Even after following a healthy routine and having unprotected sex for 6 months and more, if you are not able to get pregnant, make that all-important visit to your gynae along with your partner right away.