Here at Ladies First, we meet with a lot of couples struggling with fertility issues. Many have been trying to conceive for several months or several years with nothing to show for it. These couples are not uncommon. According to a Centers for Disease Control study, at least one in ten women will have difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
The causes of infertility are many and varied. Some couples suffer from poor genetics. For some, it’s the result of trauma. But, there are a few things many women do every day that may be impacting their chances of conceiving. We’ve listed some of the most concerning here.
- Too much exercise :Exercising is excellent for your overall health and having a regular exercise regimen can even help regulate your cycle. But, it’s also important not to overdo it. While an hour at the gym three to five days a week is a great routine, going for 2 hours, seven days a week can put stress on your system. This stress can hinder your menstrual cycle making it more difficult to conceive.
- Overdoing your morning coffee: If you can’t live without two or three cups of your morning coffee, now might be a good time to cut back. While a bit of caffeine won’t do your system or your fertility any harm, some studies have shown that drinking more than one or two cups of caffeine a day can have an adverse effect your ability to become pregnant. To be on the safe side, most OBGYN’s recommend women trying to conceive drink no more than 300mg per day. That comes out to about one and a half cups of coffee per day.
- Having the smartphone by your bed: Studies have shown that not getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night will negatively impact your overall health. And, when your overall health isn’t at its best, it can be more difficult to conceive. So, what are some tips for making sure you get those 40 winks every night? The biggest one we recommend for our clients is to make sure that you’re not bringing your smartphone or tablet to bed with you. The light from these screens can fire active parts of the brain making it more difficult for the mind to turn off when you’re ready for bed. A better idea for a bedtime regimen would be to bring a book or a back-lit reading device like a Kindle into the bedroom with you. Reading is a soothing activity that will make it easier for you to shut your mind down.
If it’s been a few months since you’ve started trying to conceive, you might want to cut out these three things for a month or so and see if anything improves. If it’s been over a year, cutting these things out could still be a good start, but, you should talk to your partner about seeing an OBGYN or fertility specialist.
If you have trouble conceiving, Ladies first offers counseling and treatments to help! If you’re interested in learning more, contact us to schedule an appointment.