There are a lot of things you can do to be proactive about boosting your fertility while you are going through IVF. Today, I want to share with you some of the things I think are both effective but also easy enough to incorporate into your life. At the end of the day anything you decide to include as part of your daily life should increase your wellness without increasing your stress levels so this is a little disclaimer that if these tips result in you feeling overly stressed about doing it all, then the cons may be outweighing the pros.
With that out the way let’s get onto my tips!
- Increase fertility supporting food. Some of the foods that have been proven to support fertility positively include:
- Sunflower seeds (for men in particular)
- Dark leafy greens
- Sweet potatoes
- Greek yogurt
- Bee pollen
- Watermelon (another one for the guys)
- Cod liver oil
2. Consider reflexology or other relaxation techniques to calm your body and mind. Lowering your stress levels is definitely one of the top things you can do to improve your experience and outcomes during IVF. It really doesn’t matter what form of relaxation you decide on as long as it feels right for you and decreases your stress levels. There are many different modalities out there and if you don’t have something that you already find beneficial I would suggest getting in touch with a few different practitioners and trying a few out to see what works best for you.
3. Reduce your intake or cut out alcohol completely. Reduced alcohol consumption has been proven to increase fertility so it’s one of the top things I think everyone can do. You will notice I say ‘reduce or cut out’, if the idea of going without any alcohol doesn’t apply to you and you find that glass of wine at the end of the day is something you look forward to, then you don’t have to cut it out all together but think about how you can reduce your consumption a little bit.
4. Basic vitamin supplement programme – particularly one that contains folic acid (B9) and vitamin D, vitamin E and zinc. If it’s within your budget it may be worthwhile making an appointment with a health professional here e.g. a naturopath to work out a personalised programme that would support your body in the best way.
5. Reducing your toxin intake. If you are here on my blog then I am sure you have already taken some steps to do this but if not you can find lots of tips and strategies in some of my other blogs like this one here.
6. Increase your restorative exercise and I don’t mean high impact, getting your sweat on activity here. I mean activities that calm your mind and body such as restorative yoga, meditation and gentle walking. All of these things calm down your nervous system and remind your body that it is safe as well as help you deal with stress and challenges better.
7. Get out in nature. Taking a gentle walk isn’t just about the exercise, there are incredible benefits to feeling the sun on our skin and the wind in our hair. Not only does our body benefit from the Vitamin D but it gives us a break from daily life, thinking safe and fresh air.
I hope these tips have given you some good ideas for how you can proactively and positively impact your fertility. If you are on this journey, know that you are not alone and one day you will look back and be relieved that you travelled along this path.