Trying to Conceive: Connect with the infertility community in Japan

A healthy body and optimum fertility

People who are trying to get pregnant know that it can sometimes be a long road. Western medical practices sometimes seem to distance men and women from their bodies. The simple fact is that lifestyle and diet are two of the biggest players when it comes to optimum fertility and those two are perhaps the hardest things to change in your life.

LIFESTYLE

Your job may be important but sleep and down time are more important for your reproductive health. Working at night or clocking in over time every day can seriously stress out your body. When your is tired or under stress your sympathetic nervous system kicks in.

The sympathetic nervous system accelerates the heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and raises blood pressure (a.k.a  fight-or-flight response). This is great if you have a big project due at work but it isn’t very helpful when you are trying to get pregnant.

Oppositely, the parasympathetic system is responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating. This includes sexual arousalpregnancy, salivation, lacrimation (tears), urination, digestion and defecation.

Work, busy schedules, caffeine, loud and busy environments and tv all activate our sympathetic nervous system. Everything to do with fertility is almost entirely controlled by the parasympathetic including the itch to get busy.

DIET

Your diet can greatly affect your bodies ability to not only get pregnant but also to stay in good health. Eating a healthy array of vegetables and fruits and keeping your diet more alkaline than acidic is important for your bodies ability to function. Have a low sugar intake and try to cut down on stimulates like caffeine.

WEIGHT

Recent studies have found that women that are overweight and/or underweight have a higher probability of being infertile. Allowing your body to stay at a healthy weight helps hormone production and blood flow. Women who are overweight are more likely to develop PCOS and women who are underweight often have issues with hormone production. To lose weight try exercising and eating healthy and to gain weight focus on eating vegetables and food items that are still healthy.

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