As the saying goes, an expecting mother eats for two. But she is also living for two. That is why a pregnant woman’s lifestyle often affects the growth and development of the fetus. But did you know that her lifestyle can also affect her chances to conceive? If you are trying to get pregnant, you not only need to put out cigarettes but also say goodbye to endless cups of tea. Check out these seven habits you need to change.
Sugar: Your child can develop a sweet tooth right in your tummy if you consume a lot of sugar. Not only that, such a child will have a higher risk of developing diabetes in later life too. Most expectants mothers have sweet cravings but you need to watch your sugar intake carefully.teaser
Stress: Undoubtedly, stress creates a hormone imbalance and this can interfere with getting pregnant. Your infertility treatments may also not yield results because of high stress.
Smoking: Cigarettes make it hard for you to conceive as they interfere with ovulation. And if you’re already pregnant, the exposure to nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide can affect your baby’s lungs and overall development. It can also lead to premature delivery. Alcohol: Drinking – irrespective of whether it is heavy or light – can harm the fetus. Consuming alcohol also reduces fertility. While drinking during pregnancy can increase the chances of a miscarriage. It may also lead to a premature delivery or even a stillbirth.
Sweets and junk food: The endless plates of pizzas, Chinese food and butter chicken will cost your fertility in the long run. The trans-fat in these food leads to obesity, which is not good for regular ovulation. Stick to a balanced diet with plenty of nutrition.
Caffeine: Research says caffeine consumption can also reduce fertility and increased the risk of miscarriage. If you’re trying to conceive, it’s important to eliminate all caffeine sources at least for 2-3 months. And that means not just coffee, but chocolate, soft drinks and tea as well.
No or excessive workout: Your fitness level determines how easy or difficult your pregnancy might be. Start exercising before trying to conceive. It also helps during pregnancy as you can keep excess weight at bay, feel strong and also avoid gestational diabetes. But do not overdo it. Too much exercise is also stressful for the body and can affect the ease of conception.
Lack of Sleep: Hit the snooze mode to improve your fertility. Get your eight hours of sleep and make sure you stick to a regular time of going to bed and waking up.
The sooner you kick these bad habits, the better – both for you and your baby. The prospect of getting pregnant is all the motivation you need to start changing your lifestyle from today. Good luck!