Most of us know far less than we probably think about our own fertility and how to improve our chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Unfortunately, it remains quite a taboo subject and we are given limited education about it at school. While the route to pregnancy is problem free for many women, for others there can be complications that make it a more difficult journey. I have teamed up with a private fertility clinic in London to share some facts and help you understand a little more about the complicated topic of fertility.
- A Female Baby is Born with All the Eggs She’ll Ever Have
One to two million to be exact. With each menstrual cycle, three to five thousand eggs are lost, until they eventually run out. This is why lots of women choose to freeze their eggs when they’re young, to preserve their fertility until they’re ready to have a baby.
- Being an Unhealthy Weight Can Prevent Pregnancy
If you are underweight with a BMI of less than 18.5, you may have a hormone imbalance that impacts ovulation and reduces the likelihood of you conceiving a child, particularly within the first year of trying. Likewise, being overweight, can also cause complications. Fat cells can produce higher oestrogen levels that, again, interfere with ovulation. Exercise is important, but don’t overdo it; aim for a BMI of anything between 18.5 and 24.9.
- You are More Likely to Conceive Twins if You’re Older
The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) increases with age and higher levels of it can lead to the release of two or more eggs during ovulation. As a result, the chances of twins or even triplets is more likely.
- Eggs are One of the Best Foods to Boost Fertility
This is because they are full of protein, and vitamins B12 and E. B vitamins are great for promoting egg health and preventing ovulatory infertility and vitamin E support general reproductive health, thanks to its antioxidant properties. If you’re trying to conceive, consider adding more eggs to your diet, as well as fish and full-fat dairy.
- Some STIs Can Cause Infertility
Chlamydia, one of the most common STIs in the UK, can cause infertility in both women and men, particularly if it goes untreated. If you’re trying to conceive, ask your GP for a full health check-up, including your sexual health. This will ensure it is safe for both you and your future child.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.