When the month’s pass and the pregnancy test is still negative, it is necessary to rethink a lifestyle change. To achieve that desired pregnancy naturally, you can incorporate several tips into your daily life to get pregnant.
Currently, 17% of couples have trouble conceiving a baby naturally. The main cause is the age of the intended parents. The vast majority of couples are delaying their motherhood and paternity, and the reproductive capacity decreases over time, thus reducing the chances of getting pregnant quickly and naturally.
Still, eating, lifestyle, knowing our own body, and emotional and stress management can also affect your body by delaying the time of motherhood. The reality is that the search for pregnancy has been delayed in recent years, affecting the success rate. Estefanía Hurtado, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and president of the Spanish Association in Support of Natural Fertility (AEFENA) assures that “in each attempt there is about a 25% chance that a sperm fertilizes an egg and to this we must add the estimate that only 25% of the fertilized eggs will be implanted in the uterus; so it’s not easy to get pregnant the first time. The natural process of getting pregnant has its own mechanisms, and as we age the odds decrease, because eggs and sperm also age.”
To improve fertility, obtain quality eggs, improve the quality of sperm, take care of the cycle and endometrium, balance hormone levels, and modulate the immune system to increase the chances of fertilization, implantation, obtaining a healthy embryo, and accept and protect the embryo in the womb are some of the objectives that can be achieved by following a series of natural health care.
Four body care to be parents
If we know that we want to be mothers and fathers in the future, we must become aware of taking care of our body as soon as possible so that when we go to look for it, we can achieve it optimally. For this reason, Dr Hurtado recommends four changes you can make from today to improve your natural fertility in the future.
1. Healthy eating. The Mediterranean diet is in itself a fertile diet because it includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts… and from new sources, avoiding processed and packaged; that is why it is advisable to follow an excellent Mediterranean diet when you know that at some point in your life you would like to get pregnant. In addition, it is always good to take supplements during the time of the search for pregnancy to ensure that certain micronutrients are in the proper concentrations.
2. Healthy lifestyle. Do moderate exercise, avoid smoking, drink alcohol… “They are the basics that we can do to stay well and not have problems in a future pregnancy,” says Dr Hurtado. It is also essential to control weight since the body mass index must be adequate. Being overweight could trigger hormonal and metabolic alterations, such as insulin resistance, which negatively influences fertility, but also, low weight can be harmful. “It can happen that the mother is very thin and the body itself, being wise, demands a little more weight to be able to keep the child well in the womb,” he warns.
3. Know your body. “Knowledge is the greatest ally of fertility,” says Estefanía Hurtado. Knowing our menstrual cycle and how the reproductive processes work will help us to have good reproductive health and to detect if it were the case that something is not working well. For example, if we feel pain at some point or bleed when we should not or do not come menstruation … all these are signs that we must do a check-up and see what possible cause is behind it to solve it. This will allow us to prevent future conditions that may delay our pregnancy. In the case of the man, it is the same; he should know his body and have periodic visits with his health professional. “They would have to talk to us about all this, and teach us when we are little,” says the doctor.
4. Emotional and stress management. Stress is one of the biggest enemies of fertility. Studies show that when we perceive a stimulus as stressful and, above all, if this perception is maintained over time, hormones secreted by stress, such as cortisol, can alter many of the processes of our body, among which is the reproductive function. There are changes in the release of sex hormones, in addition to triggering accelerated ageing of our cells, among which are eggs and sperm. Therefore, “we have to make an analysis of our lives, see if we have stressful aspects and, if so, reflect if we can eliminate them or, if on the contrary we can not, we must learn to manage that stress that causes us, to avoid its impact on our body,” he concludes.