This Is Us returned to the TV last night. If you caught the episode, you might remember one of the main characters being told that her weight could impact her chances of getting pregnant. Head over to social media, and you’ll discover a lot of people were upset with that being the focus of this storyline. This is understandable, but it’s also worth commending the writers for not ignoring the fact that obesity will impact a pregnancy. It can make getting pregnant less likely, and it has even been linked to a higher chance of a miscarriage. Ultimately, your weight is just one health factor that will impact your pregnancy or your chances of getting pregnant from day one.
Another factor that will impact your chances was already discussed on the show previously, and that’s age. If you’re over the age of thirty, you could find conception a more challenging process, and this is in part due to how your level of health deteriorates as you age. Let’s look at some of the other ways that your health can impact pregnancy.
Exercise And Fitness
You might have been told that being too thin can impact your chances of getting pregnant. This is true. According to studies, being underweight will make your pregnancy more dangerous and could limit your chances of a successful conception. That said, you still need to stay in shape when you are trying to conceive and even after you get pregnant. In the past, doctors often informed pregnant mothers to avoid exercise where possible and stay inactive, but we know better now. We know that actually, exercise is good for the baby and the mother. This doesn’t mean that you should be hitting the gym, but it also doesn’t mean that you should be avoiding walking or even jogging when you can. There are various exercise routines for expectant moms available online that you can consider.
Diet will obviously be important once you do conceive. You need to make sure that you are eating healthy for you and the baby. But it’s important before that as well. Studies have shown that diet can impact the male sperm and help male partners who have had problems with infertility. This includes reducing levels of red meat and increasing antioxidants that are present in the diet as much as possible. Antioxidants can help with oxygenation which has been linked to infertility as well as various other health issues. Ultimately, the right diet can ensure healthy sperm. So, if you are noticing issues when trying to conceive this might be the best place to start. Remember, studies show that for one in five couples, it’s the male with the issue rather than the woman.
For women, it is important to get the right level of vitamins and minerals. An iron deficiency during a pregnancy can be particularly dangerous, and it’s important to take the right steps to make sure that this isn’t an issue for you. If you think you are not getting enough iron through your diet, you may want to consider using natural supplements to increase the levels you are receiving and get the right amount.
Stress And Depression
If you reach the point where you consider using an egg donor, you might be surprised to learn that their physical traits aren’t the only information you will be provided with. You will be given a full medical history. This is due to the fact that it’s well known even psychological issues can impact a pregnancy. That includes stress anxiety and depression. You can learn more here about the process of choosing an egg donor but the important message to take away is that your mental health is just as important as your physical well being when it comes to a pregnancy. It’s important to remain as calm as possible and avoid getting worked up. This is why many people feel it is best to begin maternity leave one month before the actual birth. By doing this, you can spend the last month relaxing rather than being in an environment which will almost always bring high levels of stress and anxiety.
Finally do be aware that certain STDs can impact your chances of getting pregnant and make a pregnancy more dangerous. That is why before you start trying, you should always get checked and tested for any and all STDs. Particularly if you haven’t been tested since being with your current partner.
We hope you see now that your health can impact conception and the actual pregnancy.
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