Health and Fitness for Fertility
GETTING PREGNANT: If you're trying to conceive, the health of your future child is surely a top concern.
While many parents wonder about what they should be doing to ensure a healthy baby, the answer is surprisingly simple. Living a healthy lifestyle, pre-conception, is the single most important thing you can do to give your baby the best start in life.
There are many components which factor into living a healthy lifestyle. Here, we'll review the most important. Remember that before starting a new supplement or exercise regimen, you should always check with your doctor.
We all know that a proper diet is paramount when it comes to health and fitness. This is even more crucial when trying to conceive. A baby depends solely on its mother for its nutrition during development.
A deficiency can lead to issues down the road, ranging from tragic birth defects to allergies. Eating right will create a stronger and healthier body, which in turn makes pregnancy and childbirth safer and easier. It also, of course, provides your baby with proper nutrition from the moment of conception.
Fathers are not exempt from this rule. As soon as you realize that you're ready to become parents, both partners should begin to follow a healthy diet. A father contributes a great deal toward the health of a child by producing healthy sperm.
Things like smoking, excessive drinking and recreational drug use can all contribute to weak sperm. This not only increases the chances of your child having health issues, but it can make conceiving much harder.
In order to ensure a healthy lifestyle, both parents should give up smoking, excessive drinking and drug use. They should also follow a sensible diet, one which includes plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
Vitamins are available which can supposedly increase your chances of conception. However, many experts agree that all you need is a well-rounded multivitamin. Ask your doctor for recommendations regarding brands.
You might also want to take additional supplements if your multivitamin does not contain folic acid, since this vitamin is known to reduce the risk of birth defects (women only).
Fathers may want to try out a zinc supplement if their multivitamin does not contain 15mg of the mineral, since zinc contributes to testosterone and semen production.
Exercise is good for the body in virtually every way. However, for prospective parents, the benefits are even greater. A woman whose body is toned and fit will usually have an easier pregnancy, simply because she is stronger and more able to deal with the added weight. A man who works out is likely to have optimal levels of testosterone and other contributing factors for fertility.
Remember that, as a mother, your exercise regimen will change drastically once you become pregnant. Work out all you want before conception, but ask your doctor which exercises are safe once you've discovered that you're expecting.
As you can see, with the exception of a few key nutrients, health and fitness for conception are very similar to an ordinary fitness regimen. Eat well, avoid unhealthy substances and work out regularly. Your pregnancy will be easier, and your child will have the best possible start in life!
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