Click here to learn about how preconception health can affect fertility and the lifestyle choices you can make to have a healthier reproductive system and pregnancy.
Preconception health, or a woman’s health before she becomes pregnant, plays a foundational role in female fertility and couples’ chances of conception. Certain foods, habits, and medicine have been shown to harm fertility and if you’re pregnant already, the unborn fetus.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that every woman should be thinking about her health regardless of if she is planning a pregnancy because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Inadequate preconception health, which often go together with unplanned pregnancies, put women at greater risk of preterm birth and low birth weight babies.
That being said, there are a series of steps you can take to take that may boost your preconception health, which included but are not limited to:
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Studies have shown that prenatal exposure to alcohol and smoking can put infants at greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter/prescription medication you’re using.
- Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials.
It's important that you discuss your preconception health with your medical provider. They may give you recommendations specific to your individual needs.
Preconception health, while referring to a woman’s health before pregnancy, also requires healthy reproductive health from her male counterpart.
Men can also improve their preconception and reproductive health (and overall health) by making similar lifestyle changes, including limiting alcohol quitting smoking/other drug use, having a healthy diet, and limiting stress.
Making these lifestyle changes three months in advance will ensure that your sperm is healthier because although your body produces millions of new sperm each day, it takes them approximately three months to fully mature. The production and maturation process of sperm is known as spermatogenesis.
If you’re having trouble conceiving, it may be worthwhile to make lifestyle changes for better preconception health. Testing your fertility during the preconception phase can give you an idea of your current fertility.
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