10 Ways To Improve Your Chances Of Conceiving

If you and your partner take an honest look at your lifestyle and are prepared to make some positive changes, you can dramatically increase your chances of conceiving.

1) Watch what you eat every day: To maximise your chances of getting pregnant, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

2) Watch your weight:  If you are overweight or very underweight, you are less likely to be able to conceive easily. If you or your partner are obese, consult your doctor for advice on the best and safest way to lose weight gradually.

3) Be active:  Regular, moderate exercise of around 30 minutes a day will help to improve your fitness and keep you at a good weight. It will also boost your endorphin levels, the body’s own ‘happy hormones’.

4) Drink wisely:  Women who are trying to conceive are advised to avoid alcohol completely. Men should drink no more than two or three small glasses of wine per week.

5) Don’t smoke:  Smoking has been associated with infertility and early menopause in women, as well as sperm problems in men. It also reduces the success of fertility treatments.

6) Keep cool:  For optimum sperm production, the testicles should be a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of the body. Men should avoid tight underwear and jeans, cycling and excessively hot baths and saunas. Showering the testicles with cool water for a few seconds each day will also help.

7) Take care at work:  Occupations that involve sitting for long periods or exposure to environmental chemicals may affect general health in women and may additionally affect sperm quality in men.

8) Manage stress:  We all have different stress thresholds and there is now growing evidence that being stressed can affect your chances of conceiving. The body interprets physiological stressors, such as lack of sleep and intensive athletic training, in the same way as psychological stress caused by excessive anxiety, bereavement or divorce. The stress can sometimes upset your mental health and can disturb your normal bodily functions. Therefore, it is important to try to identify and reduce the things that cause you stress.

9) Take folic acid daily vitamins:  All women trying for a baby should take a vitamin supplement of folic acid every day.

10) Check the side effects of drugs:  Certain prescription drugs can reduce the chances of conception, so make sure your doctor is aware that you’re trying for a baby.


Healthy Eating And TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments including acupuncture and herbal remedies can greatly increase your chances of conceiving as they work to clear “excesses” and “deficiencies” that impede the healthy flow of blood and energy to the organs. At The Zhai Clinic, we focus on regulating the menstrual cycle, creating a healthy uterine environment and improving the quality of the eggs and sperm (reducing the risk of chromosome abnormalities). TCM treatments can greatly assist fertilization and a healthy pregnancy. Based on a Whole-Body Approach to health, TCM treatment is able to restore your energy balance and physical health in order to enhance the possibility of conceiving. Unlike IVF, which can only overcome blocked fallopian tubes by fertilising the egg outside the body, TCM works to eliminate the fertility issue in your body that is keeping you from conceiving naturally or puts you in a better position to benefit from assisted fertility treatment.

At The Zhai Clinic, we create unique herbal combinations for our patients from many different herbs as each herb has individual healing properties. The bespoke herbal remedies come in the forms of teas, tablets or granules. In addition to herbal remedies, we design acupuncture treatment plans to promote your body’s natural healing response in order to rebalance its Qi (the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine). By targeting specific points in your body that are “blocked,” The Zhai Clinic can clear and heal the area that is causing your fertility problems. Whatever the nature of your fertility issue, TCM can optimize your chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. As the UK’s leading authority on reproductive health in TCM, Dr Zhai’s treatments are second to none.

Maintain a healthy, balanced diet

Dr Zhai recommends avoiding fatty foods such as dairy products, sugar, alcohol, iced/chilled drinks, curry and chilli. These foods can upset the stomach fluid and spleen causing them to overwork or work too slowly. Also, try and cut out harmful free radicals, such as alcohol, smoking and highly refined foods. A sperm’s motility is highly susceptible to free radical damage. Instead, choose foods that are easily digestible and promote Qi such as green vegetables, fruit, nuts, brown rice, oats, lean meat, eggs and oily fish. Also when cooking, use herbs such as coriander, parsley, basil, spring onion, garlic and ginger. Getting pregnant is not a time to diet, it is essential that you have three healthy meals a day. You are what you eat.


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