Tips for Getting In ShapeCouples undergoing fertility treatment often ask me what they can do to help their effort to get pregnant. In many cases, I tell them the key to healthy and regular ovulation or optimizing male fertility is getting your body back in shape.

A healthy lifestyle does more than get you back in shape, however. Eating right and getting plenty of exercise is also beneficial to your emotional state of mind. When your body has the resources it needs to be at its optimal health, it is better able to relieve stress and battle negative feelings that often accompany fertility treatment for some couples.

With that in mind, here are three tips for getting back in shape to get pregnant:

When it comes to exercise, start slowly and build. There is a reason they always say to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Oftentimes, I see patients who haven’t exercised in a long time. When I recommend exercise, they want to jump back into the routine they had when they last were in shape. That could have been many years ago, and their bodies have changed in that time. I advise these patients, even those who are reasonably fit, to start slowly and build up their regimen to more strenuous levels.

Be consistent. If you decide to get back in shape, you need a consistent effort to see results. Maintaining a healthy diet must happen every day (although no one can deny that an occasional treat is in order from time to time). Cardiovascular exercise, such as a daily walk, is a great way to increase your exercise time. Exercising also has been shown to be a confidence booster and mood lifter.

Get rid of habits that hold you back. Bad habits won’t help you hit your goals to get back in shape or to get pregnant. It’s important to quit smoking, limit your alcohol intake and stop using any recreational drugs. I also recommend limiting your caffeine intake to no more than what amounts to one cup of coffee a day (remember: coffee isn’t the only source of caffeine in your diet. It’s in chocolate, soda, and tea as well). All of these habits don’t have a place in the lives of men and women who are trying to conceive and want to give their reproductive system the best chance possible to be successful.

Getting in shape is one thing my patients can do to facilitate success when they are trying to get pregnant. From helping boost male fertility to optimal levels to increasing the frequency of regular ovulation, the benefits are numerous for couples that are undergoing fertility treatment. Starting slowly, being consistent with your efforts and quitting any bad habits are my best suggestions for getting your body in its best baby-making state.

Sources:

“Seventeen things you should do before you try to get pregnant.” Baby Center. Web. 5 Jun. 2015. .

Welton, Rose. “What Is a Healthy Weight for Trying to Get Pregnant?” Livestrong. 12 Feb 2011: 1. Web. 5 Jun. 2015. .