We’d like to share with you our top 5 tips to make this Easter a Fertile One. We hope you have been focusing on creating a healthy fertile environment for enhanced ovulation and conception. Its important not to let too much sugar, inactivity and bad habits creep back in. Implement some of the below over the long weekend and if your lucky enough to have some more extended time off. Tips on how and why to avoid those Chocolate Easter Eggs and much more:
1. Eat Eggs for Breakfast!
No not the chocolate kind (see point 2). Starting your day off with 2 eggs is a sure way to get your hormones off to a great start for the day. Eggs are a great source of protein which helps with balancing your blood sugar levels and fighting away cravings and hunger for longer. They are also contain choline which is essential to the healthy development of the brain and nervous system.
Cholesterol has been demonised for years and wrongly so. It is essential for the manufacture of all of the male and female sex hormones as well as your hormones that are needed to deal with stress. It is needed to develop a healthy brain and nervous system for the foetus also and so limiting your intake of it is not a good idea particularly if you’re hoping to get pregnant. There are so many other great nutrients such as vitamins A,D, K, E, folate, zinc so make sure and stock up!
2. Make a plan for the Chocolate Eggs
It’s Easter Sunday and your other half has surprised you with an Easter Egg. If you’re on a plan to have a baby there are many ways in which this may not be a great idea to reach your goals.
if you’re trying to lose weight an Easter Egg is not the way to achieve your goals. The average egg has approx 1045 calories (about ⅔ of all your calories for the day). Don’t be fooled by the info at the back they may put calories in ‘per portion’ which could be just ¼ of the egg.
the average chocolate egg has about 23 teaspoons of sugar. That’s nearly four days worth of sugar recommended by the World Health Organisation (it’s 7 days’ worth of sugar for kids!). Not only is that unhealthy for the average person but if you are dealing with PCOS, diabetes or any other hormonal imbalances it’s going to cause even more problems.
many eggs are loaded with Trans Fats. You’ve been told for years to avoid saturated fats (wrongly so too by the way!). Trans Fats are very unstable, cheap to use and cause a lot of inflammation in the body. They are found in soft spreads like margarine, desserts, confectionery and many other processed foods. They are so harmful that they have been banned by the United States and so that should open your eyes to the fact that sometimes the Health authorities get it wrong.
We haven’t even included the extra bars that come along with the egg in these calculations but you get the idea. Now I know its Easter and it only comes once a year so if you still feel like you want some egg, store a little away with a cup of tea for after your dinner, or donate it and make someone else or may not have gotten one very happy!
3. Get outside
The weather is getting better (slightly) so meet up with friends over the break and go for a walk. Fresh air does wonders for your mental health and combined with exercise and friends it’ll do wonders for your mood, physical and emotional health. When you’re out there breath deep into your belly and appreciate all that you have around you. It can be hard for some to find things to be thankful for when you’re going through fertility problems but fake it till you make it- you can’t be in a bad mood if you’re being grateful.
4. Join a Class
What better time to sign up to a gym when you’ve loads of free time! It doesn’t have to be a gym; dance classes, circuit training, couch to 5km, hill walking, Park runs (you can walk at these by the way), yoga, pilates- whatever tickles your fancy! You’ll meet more people and exercise is a sure-fire way to beat stress (more here) and increase your feel-good hormones. Exercise improves your physical and emotional health, your weight, your longevity and disease prevention and your chances of getting pregnant as long as you don’t overdo it. Read more about that here.
If you already exercise enough why not join another class that you’re interested in like painting, photography or a book club- better yet organise your own book club with some local people. There are also lots of fertility support groups around the country so see if you can source one if you think this would help you. See also our recent post on ways to beat stress.
5. Have sex!
80% of couples under 40 will conceive in the first year of trying if you are having sex every 2 -3 days. To be within in more of a chance of conceiving you should have sex every day during ovulation. If you have no idea when you ovulate and your trying to start a family, it’s time to get tracking and getting to know your body more. Usually it takes places around days 14 of your cycle. This is about 10 days after you have finished your period but most people aren’t usual! We will explain this further in a future post but for now just be grateful for each other, think about the bigger picture and go to bed (or where ever!) a little earlier.