Fertility Tips For The Couple Who’s Trying
Deciding to have to have a baby is one of life’s biggest milestones. It’s incredibly exciting to be on the same page with your partner and be ready to start a family. It can also be a huge letdown if you don’t get pregnant right away, even if this is common for many couples. After all, conception may not occur immediately and all that waiting can become excruciating.
Save yourself an ounce of heartache by taking the time to learn about getting pregnant and what you might expect. After all, simply knowing your body and taking care of yourself can make a remarkable difference in how long it takes to conceive, and there are specialists out there who can help if needed.
Ready for some expert fertility tips? We were lucky enough to connect with the doctors at CCRM (Colorado Center For Reproductive Medicine) for advice.
Visit Your Gynecologist Prior To Attempting To Conceive
Take A Daily Prenatal Vitamin That Contains Folic Acid
Get To Know Your Body
Identify Healthy Ways To De-stress
Don’t Assume Your Fertility Is Like Everyone Else’s
Realize Fertility Is More Than A Numbers Game
Don’t Worry, Fertility Is Not Negatively Impacted By Birth Control
Be Aware Fertility Is An Issue That Affects Men And Women Equally
Know When To See A Specialist
How long should a couple “try” before a fertility specialist/treatment should be considered?
Dr. Moragianni, another CCRM doctor at CCRM Northern Virginia, told us: “It all depends on the female’s age and the couple’s prior history. For a couple without prior pregnancies and/or complicating factors, not being pregnant after having had unprotected intercourse during the ‘fertile window’ for 12 months if the female is <35 years old (or 6 months if she is 35 or older) would warrant a fertility evaluation.”
Which foods should women (and men) eat to help boost fertility?
Dr. Moragianni: “I always recommend a balanced diet containing as few processed foods and as many home-cooked organic meals as possible. Eat foods that are high on iron, protein, or both (such as fish, beans, leafy green vegetables, seeds, and meat). Opt for organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and eggs. Avoid processed carbohydrates and trans fats.”
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
Are there any additional lifestyle tips you’d recommend for couples who are trying to get pregnant?
Dr. Moragianni: “Try to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but don’t stress yourself out by setting unrealistic goals. If you want to have a piece of cake every once in a while it’s ok. If you need coffee this morning go ahead and have a cup!”
Don’t Lose Hope
What is your advice for couples who’ve tried but have yet to get pregnant and are now worried/scared?
Dr. Moragianni: “This is a very stressful and difficult process, especially if you are having trouble conceiving. Do not lose hope and remain focused. Schedule a consultation with your gynecologist or fertility specialist to discuss your history and start with some testing that could provide useful information. Seeing a fertility specialist does not mean you will have to have invasive treatment, there are many options available.”
Meet The Experts
CCRM (Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine) is dedicated to delivering leading patient outcomes for people who want to have a baby. Founded by Dr. William Schoolcraft in 1987, CCRM has been one of the nation’s top leaders in fertility care and research for over 30 years specializing in the most advanced fertility treatments, with deep expertise in in vitro fertilization (IVF), fertility assessment, fertility preservation, genetic testing, third party reproduction, and egg donation.
Unlike many other fertility clinics that outsource their specialists and testing needs, CCRM leverages its own data, as well as a dedicated team of in-house reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and geneticists in order to deliver consistent, successful results.
CCRM operates in 10 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Houston, New York, Northern Virginia, Minneapolis, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto.