January 7, 2019

January 2019 – Preparing for conception, getting fit for fertility

Fertilix

Anyone planning on conceiving early 2019 should start lifestyle changes now, as it takes around 3 months for your body and fertility to respond.

Anyone planning on conceiving early 2019 should start lifestyle changes now, as it takes around 3 months for your body and fertility to respond.

Smoking, alcohol, caffeine and drugs should be avoided, as all can lower fertility. Your BMI shouldn’t be above 35, but neither should it be too low; a healthy balance (18.5-24.5) is key!

Whether you’re planning on conceiving naturally or starting treatment, you can;

Stop smoking; cigarettes lower sperm count and egg quality, and contribute to DNA fragmentation.

Drink less alcohol (or cut out altogether!); as alcohol consumption has clear negative effects on health and fertility.

Stop using drugs; recreational drugs often cause subfertility in men- steroid use can result in irreversible damage and severe infertility. You can check with your GP if any prescriptions you take may affect conception at all.

Change your diet; whether you may need to lower or raise your BMI, or simply add some extra antioxidants in. it’s worth checking you’re in the best possible condition to conceive.

Take vitamins; fertility-focused vitamins are available on the internet, in pharmacies, or in some clinics. However, different people have differing needs, so feel free to fill out the questionnaire here to see what dose should be appropriate for you.

Exercise… gently! Exercise is key to general health and maintaining a good BMI, but over-strenuous physical activity can be counter-productive. Pushing yourself too hard is detrimental to your well-being and fertility, so again, a healthy balance is what to aim for.

If your plans for 2019 include trying to have a baby and you need some help to conceive, please remember that support is just a phone call away.

For more information we have two open evening events per month and if you would like a more personal approach we also offer a free one to one appointment with one of our fertility experts who can discuss in details the options available to you and personalise the advice according to your own personal circumstances.

Finally, whatever your hopes for the next 12 months we’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year