Food Fitness Fertility’s Top 5 “Take Home” Tips from The Fertility Show
We are physically tired after a jam packed weekend. Attending seminars, listening to speakers on the Q&A stage and visiting exhibitor stands. But we are mentally rejuvenated and inspired to drive our Food Fitness Fertility community forward into the new year. We have learned a lot from the wonderful speakers from different strands of the fertility industry. Which included a health Psychologist, professors of Obstetrics & Gynecology, an integrated women’s health expert, fertility counsellors, leading nutritionists and many more.
We will be sharing more in depth blog posts on the various topics around fertility in the coming weeks and months. But for now in brief we would like to share with you the most important things we took home from The Fertility Show.
Tip 1 – Have Regular Sex
You’ve gotta be having sex!! And a lot of it. We are a relatively infertile species as the chance for a couple to get pregnant in one month is between 18-20%. However 85% of couples who are having regular unprotected sex will get pregnant within one year!! Discovery of the optimum frequency for you as a couple is important though but ideally 3 times per week!! See our previous post on Sex Ed here https://www.foodfitnessfertility.com/2017/10/09/sex-education-get-facts/
Tip 2 – Education on all things Fertility
Self Education in all things fertility is vital if you are to have a successful and enjoyable fertility journey. Knowing what the basics to getting pregnant are, understanding your own body and finding out if you need to change your current lifestyle was a common trend with the speakers. But also if you are heading down the IVF route researching the clinics and what is relevant for your particular situation as every couple is different. Know your options!
Tip 3 – Improving your Health will help with Fertility
Being as Healthy as you can be prior to conception will help with getting pregnant, lower the risk of miscarriage, having a healthier pregnancy and ultimately impact the health of your child forever. Nourishing your body by eating for nutrition and moving your body with purpose i.e. exercise was very much to the fore with the majority of the speakers.
Tip 4 – Stress and how to cope
Stress does not impact fertility directly and it will not impact your chances of successful IVF. But how you manage stress and what your coping mechanisms are do have an impact on whether you will conceive. For example: if you reach for alcohol or a cigarette in times of stress, if you are an emotional eater or if you over exercise to relieve stress this is what impacts your chances of getting pregnant rather than the stressor. Finding out what support options are out there to help you manage stress and help you cope if faced with a difficult situation is key here to avoiding those pit falls.
Tip 5 – Connect as a couple
Connect as a couple – Being intimate, being social and actively doing things together as a couple. Living your life and not putting everything on hold when trying for a baby is hugely important in the overall picture. Maintaining your relationships with friends and family. being creative and passionate about something will give you the self confidence, resilience and self esteem needed to go forward on your healthier path to getting pregnant.
Check out what we can do to help you on your way as a couple to building your family. Click on our courses to see how we can help you towards achieving pregnancy. Your fertility journey starts here.
ASRM Best Practice Document USA
NICE Guidelines UK