Safe Lifestyle Changes During Fertility Treatment
Whatever fertility treatment journey you are going through, it is vital to stay healthy — both physically and mentally. While you should never make a dramatic lifestyle change while in the middle of fertility treatment, there are some safe lifestyle changes to make during treatment that will improve your health during this time. We encourage you to try some of these safe lifestyle changes so that you can feel your healthiest and strongest while on your journey toward starting a family.
1. Eat Healthier
Sure, you should always eat healthy, especially if you are trying to conceive. However, proper nutrition during fertility treatment will make you feel good and will best serve your body during this time. You should be consuming all of the vital nutrients your body will need during pregnancy- they’re just as important beforehand! This means not undereating or dieting, and not overeating either. Whole grains, healthy fats and fruits and vegetables are all excellent diet choices during fertility treatment. Try to avoid red meats and processed foods to keep as healthy as possible during this time.
2. Practice Gentle Exercise
Fertility treatment is certainly not the time in your life to start that new intense workout plan. However, it may be just the right time to practice gentle exercise as a part of your overall self-care and whole body health. Your body is going through a lot right now, so gentle exercise will look different to everyone. For you, it might mean a new yoga class or regular walk around the neighborhood. Do what feels good for you and reap the physical and mental benefits of light exercise.
3. Start a New Hobby
Lifestyle changes do not always mean exercise and diet. During fertility treatment, you most likely have a lot on your mind. With so many what-ifs, it can be very difficult to focus on doing the things you love. Make a conscious effort during this time to start a new hobby. Be it gardening, an art class, a book club, or even cooking — a new hobby will give you an outlet for expression and a place to take your mind off of fertility treatment.
4. Make a Habit of Connecting with Friends
Friends are an excellent outlet in times of stress and uncertainty. Going through fertility treatment may be a great time to connect with friends you may have been growing distant from since beginning this journey. These friends will be here for you every step of the way, and feeling like you have a community behind you through the treatment process can be extremely beneficial to your mental health.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
While we truly hope you are already being kind to yourself and your body, if you aren’t, now is the time to start. Being kind to ourselves and our bodies is very difficult when struggling with infertility. It is so important to love yourself and exercise kindness towards yourself during this time. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and you will need all the love and support you can get as you go through this process — including love that comes from you!
Learn More About Fertility Treatment in South Jersey
If you are currently seeking treatment for infertility, come visit us at South Jersey Fertility Center. We offer the full range of infertility treatment options at our four convenient locations, and we will work with you every step of the way and guide you through the process with care and consideration. Contact us today to learn more or to make an appointment, and let our family help build your family.