It’s that time of year again; where everyone starts thinking about how they will do things differently and starts setting goals for in the coming year. If you are going through fertility treatments, no doubt you’ve given some thought to future treatments and plans and whether there’s anything to you can do to improve your odds of success. Here are 7 fertility resolutions you can make this year.
The negative effects of smoking are well-known and smoking during pregnancy can be even more dangerous for a developing baby. According to the CDC, smoking makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant, and women who smoke during pregnancy put their unborn child at risk for certain birth defects. If you are still smoking, now is the time to stop!
Maintain a healthy weight:
Being a healthy weight is not only important for your physical and emotional health, but can actually help you get pregnant and have a healthier pregnancy, so make 2018 the year you get active! Start a regular exercise routine that includes strength and cardio training. Starting with just 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week will get you going in the right direction.
Cut back on bad habits:
Everyone has their vices, whether that’s drinking alcohol or too much caffeine, or eating too much chocolate (Is there such a thing?). While these behaviors may be okay in moderation, they may be a bigger deal if you are trying to get pregnant. Put your fertility first, and try to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Make Healthier Food Choices:
Gear your diet toward your fertility goals! Start with foods that are rich in folic acid and vitamin D. Foods like kale, asparagus and almonds should be staples in your diet. Round out your meals with whole fat dairy products, fresh fruits, lean protein, and whole grains. It’s also great for your body and weight, not just your fertility.
The evidence is building for the extremely important role that adequate sleep plays in our health and wellness. Not sleeping enough has been linked to both physical and mental health issues. So, go ahead and take that nap; doctor’s orders!
Finding positive outlets for stress:
Between jobs and family obligations, and the added stress associated with infertility treatment, it is absolutely essential to find a positive way to deal with it. Start journaling, go out with friends or find a new hobby that you enjoy. Taking time for yourself regularly is important as you make your way through this journey.
Prioritize your relationship:
It is so easy to lose sight of your relationship and each other when undergoing fertility treatment as a couple. Between sharing personal details with strangers and being instructed when to (and not to) be intimate with your partner, it’s so easy to see how a relationship can suffer. Prioritize date nights and don’t forget to find time to be together, outside of treatment. If you are single, make time for relationships with friends and family. These can be easily forgotten, but are just as important for emotional health.
This is a perfect time to begin thinking about how to focus on being happier and healthier in the New Year. Make 2018 the best year yet!