Pregnancy – How do I increase my chances?

Is there anything else I can be doing toincrease my chances of getting pregnant?

This is one of the most common questions patients ask when navigating their journey to parenthood.

Let’s start at the beginning.   When visiting a fertility specialist, you and the specialist create a customized conception plan and at the end of a visit, patients typically asked about what else they can do. The answer lies in the foundation of the patient’s overall health and wellness.

Initial consultations consist of spending a significant portion of time discussing the patient’s complete medical history.  The impact of fertility in terms of lifestyle habits both positively and negatively can lie with nutrition and lifestyle.  These areas can play a role in fertility and it may be a good idea for someone who’s trying to conceive to work on improving their diet and that of their partner. This process can easily be accomplished by speaking to a registered dietitian who can create a meal plan that suits each individual’s needs.

Evidence suggests that infertility, conception rates, miscarriage rates, and pregnancy complications can be increased in overweight and obese women. Why do patients and their partner sometimes roll their eyes when we suggest that they “eat well” and get some “exercise”? Because it’s hard. A change often requires lifestyle shifts, time commitment, and going outside of your comfort zone. Not exactly an exciting prospect when you are already battling with the stress of infertility in the middle of a pandemic. I get it!

The good news is that many times just small modifications can make a real difference.  Moving in the direction of a healthier self  is possible without overhauling your entire existence.

Here are a few tips to consider;it’s about progress, not perfection.

  • Pick one manageable food or beverage goal per week to improve upon.
  • Find a way to increase movement – walking, running, biking, stair climbing for 30 minutes, 3 – 4 times per week. You can find ways to move more wherever you are.
  • Speak to a dietitian. There is no better time to have someone in your corner to keep you motivated and on track to reach your weight goals.
  • Prioritize self-care and stress relief. Take a minimum of 15 minutes every day to read a book, meditate, take a bath – any activity that you enjoy and will help relieve stress.

Just like the fertility journey, the journey to the healthiest version of yourself can be daunting and frustrating at times.   Remember the destination is well worth the trek. Know that through every step of this journey you are not alone. IVF Canada is here to help each, and every patient reach their goal of starting a family.  Start your journey today!