What to avoid when trying to get pregnant:

Stress: When your body reacts to stress, your system goes into shut-down mode. Trying to get pregnant, work, and life changing events (such as the death of a loved one, illness, a recent move, marriage, etc.), can all cause stressors in one’s life. When trying to conceive, it is important to try to relax. Hypnosis, acupuncture for fertility, certain herbs, moderate exercise, and a change in diet can all help decrease stress and increase the chances of conception. Being able to relax during sexual intercourse also increases fertility as male and female responsiveness is directly related to fertility.

Alcohol: Decreasing or eliminating alcohol consumption can improve fertility. Alcohol impacts healthy liver function and disrupts the elimination of toxins and excess hormones from the system. Also avoid the use of unnecessary drugs and chemical additives as they can alter hormonal levels and damage sperm and egg production.

Smoking: Quitting smoking before pregnancy not only contributes substantially to the health of the unborn baby but eliminates the risk of hormonal and ovulation irregularities.

Medications and Herbs: Always consult with a specialist before taking any medications or herbal remedies as they may have negative side effects. For example, the chances of conceiving on Clomid, is worth careful consideration. While Clomid, a fertility drug, has been prescribed for women trying to become pregnant, it can have serious side-effects for women who are pregnant.

Foods to avoid when trying to get pregnant:

Many foods can hinder fertility:

Research has shown that caffeine consumption (coffee, some pain killers, chocolate, black tea, energy drinks, cola, etc.) can make it twice to three times as difficult to conceive. Men may also be affected by caffeine consumption as sperm production may be reduced.

Try to avoid the chemicals in processed meats as well as meats that are loaded with saturated fats. Unless meat and eggs have been organically grown, saturated fats and hormonal additives can adversely affect estrogen production.

Soy products may decrease sperm production in men. Dairy products with chemical additives and high sugar content should be avoided by both men and women.