Getting pregnant isn’t as simple as stopping birth control and trying. Several lifestyle factors may affect your journey to motherhood. Many women are still unaware of fertility and the factors affecting it. Here are some of the top fertility facts that one should know about:
- Folic acid supplements are important even before pregnancy
Half of women of reproductive age don’t know that they should be taking folic acid supplements even while trying to get pregnant. Multivitamins with folic acids help prevent neural-tube defects such as spina bifida. Folic acid is a B-vitamin that helps build healthy cells, like those involved in helping the spinal column close. Some researchers also believe that folic acid may improve your egg quality.
- Obesity may impact their ability to conceive
Over 25 percent of women do not know that obesity may affect their chances of getting pregnant. Excess weight may be associated with other health issues, such a thyroid disease, diabetes, and PCOS, all of which can affect ovulation. If you’re having abnormal or irregular periods, like cycles that last more than 35 days, you may not be ovulating every month, thus reducing your chances of becoming pregnant. Losing five to 10 percent of your bodyweight can improve your chances of conceiving.
- Smoking can compromise conception
Smoking increases the risk of blockages in a woman’s fallopian tubes. Twenty five percent of women are unaware of smoking’s effect on conception. It can damage the eggs, increase risk of miscarriage, birth defects, and may cause low birth weight in babies. If you are trying to get pregnant, try to quit as early as possible. Remember, the process of quitting can be stressful on your body so it is important to make an early decision.
- Age can reduce the chances of getting pregnant
Just because someone you know got pregnant in their 40s, doesn’t mean that everyone can. About one-fifth of all women do not realize that aging can affect the odds of becoming a parent. As you age, it becomes harder to conceive with each passing year. At 30 years, you have a 20 percent chance of becoming pregnant with each cycle. This likelihood shrinks to 5 percent per cycle by the time you are 40. The risk of miscarriage and birth defects also increase as you age. If you’re over 35, see a doctor if you’re not pregnant after six months of trying.
Knowing factors that can affect your fertility may help you take timely action and increase your chances of getting pregnant. To know more about fertility, see our experts at KIMS Cuddles.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.