If you track your ovulation, have sex at “optimum” times, and still haven’t had a positive pregnancy test, don’t panic. Even under the best of circumstances, it can take several months to conceive. But some lifestyle factors can affect ovulation, making it difficult to conceive…such as obesity, some medical conditions and medications, aging, and even stress.
One of the biggest factors to improve your fertility is to maintain ideal body weight—body mass index (BMI) between 18 and 25.
Nutrition and Fertility
Most women know that hormones can affect fertility, but many women—and even many doctors—overlook a common hormone that can affect fertility…insulin. High insulin levels are usually the result of a carbohydrate-dominant diet—one full of the sugar and starch so common in many American diets. In addition to contributing to obesity and diabetes, high insulin levels interfere with ovulation.
The key to having a diet that supports ovulation and pregnancy is balance—not letting any one food group dominate your diet. Try to avoid white food—white sugar, white bread, white potatoes. Try not to let any meal be “carb dominant,” avoid sugary drinks like regular soda, and use moderation when you splurge. Exercise also helps lower insulin. If you follow these tips, you’ll not only improve your chances of getting pregnant—you’ll improve your own health as well!