New Year Resolutions for Couples Trying to Conceive
The new year is a time to reflect on prior accomplishments and focus on setting new resolutions in 2020. For couples who are actively trying to conceive, getting pregnant is on the forefront of their yearly goals. We have outlined five resolutions to help couples who are struggling with infertility have a positive and successful year.
- Focus on your health. This common resolution is usually based on trying to lose a certain amount weight or stick to a strict diet. For those trying to conceive, there are several approaches to improve your health and fertility alike:
- Implement a healthy diet and regular exercise into your lifestyle to promote weight loss, which in turn can eliminate other medical conditions, and potentially negative effects on fertility, caused by being overweight. By maintaining a healthy BMI (between 18-25), you can improve your chances of getting pregnant.
- Quit smoking. Smoking can negatively impact fertility for both men and women. Studies have shown a link between smoking and decreased sperm count, as well as poor egg quality.
- Reduce alcohol consumption. Having an occasional alcoholic drink is typical for most people. However, if you are actively trying to conceive, it is always recommended that you treat your body like you are already pregnant and avoid excessive alcohol intake.
- Reduce stress. Your mental health is just as important as your physical well-being. While it is no secret that trying to conceive can be a stressful process, reducing stress in other areas of your life can be helpful. This year, make it a priority to treat yourself to a massage, acupuncture, or a relaxing weekend away to minimize the stress in your life. Find a hobby or activity that brings you joy and allows you to unwind.
- Invest time in your partner. For couples struggling with infertility, trying to get pregnant may not be the fun and exciting experience you thought it would be. The pressure to have a baby can put stress on a couple’s relationship. Consciously devote time to spend together, whether it be a weekly date night or a special trip you take for just the two of you.
- Reach out for support. Make emotional support a priority. Knowing you are not alone eliminates the isolating feeling that infertility can cause. There are many local peer-led support groups that are both in person and online that connect you with other women who are also trying to conceive. If you’d prefer individual, professional counseling, there are many therapists who specialize in infertility who can offer you techniques to cope. Family members and loved ones are also a great resource that you can open to when you are dealing with such a personal struggle. Sharing what you are going through is another way to find the support you may be looking for.
- Ask for help. If you are under 35 years old and have been trying to conceive for one year, or if you are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for over six months without success, it is recommended that you see a fertility specialist. While this can be a step some couples fear, fertility doctors are there to provide you with the medical technology, advice, and support you need to achieve your goal.