From superfoods to smoking: what can help and hurt your fertility

If you're trying to conceive - or hope to do so in the future - you might be wondering what you can do to help improve your chances of getting pregnant. Fortunately, there's actually a lot you can do. Fertility health is wholly correlated to overall health, so keeping your body in great shape might be the most effective way to keep your fertility in tip-top shape. Additionally, there are lots of other things you can do to boost your fertility - and even a few things you can avoid. Read on to learn more about how to improve your chances of conception. 

Total body health

Your overall health is often a huge factor in your likelihood of conceiving. If your total body health is strong, chances are your fertility health is as well. People who stay active, maintain a healthy diet, and avoid a stressful lifestyle all have a greatly increased likelihood of conceiving quickly.

In addition, individuals who stay within a healthy weight range are less likely to develop conditions of infertility, like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis. Attending a yoga class or going for a nice jog to release those endorphins a few times a week can be really helpful for staying in good reproductive shape, as keeping up your overall health is among the best ways to promote your fertility.

Fertility nutrition

Following certain dietary recommendations can also greatly improve your chances of conceiving. Packing your diet with nutrients like folate (the naturally occurring form of folic acid) and vitamin D can really help to make you and your eggs healthy and prepare your body for pregnancy. Incorporate some fertility superfoods into your diet to increase your fertility health!

Self-tracking devices

Through 21st century magic, individuals who use Ovia are able to sync their favorite health tracking devices to easily enter their sleep, nutrition, weight, activity, and blood pressure data to best hone in on their fertility. Tracking your fertility and health data is one of the best ways to increase your chances of conception, and utilizing self-tracking devices make it that much easier to do so. 

Things that hurt fertility

In addition to adopting fertility-boosting behaviors, there are certain things you should also avoid when trying to conceive.

Now that you know about how to boost your fertility, learn more about how Ovia's fertility algorithm works, specifically how we’re able to use your unique health and cycle information to predict your exact ovulation date.

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