9 Surprising Reasons You’re Not Getting Pregnant Right Away

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Tired of trying to get pregnant and still don’t have a bun in the oven? While the cause of it can lie in uncontrollable factors such as being above 35 years of age, having PCOS or faulty genes; plenty of other factors exist that are entirely under your control. These mainly include lifestyle changes. Yes, the lifestyle you follow can significantly affect your chances of conceiving.

So, if you want to boost your chances, here are 10 lifestyle factors you should take scrutiny of and modify ASAP.

 

 

1. High BMI

2. High BMI
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The fact that your body weight can cause problems when you are trying to conceive isn’t exactly news. However, did you know that your man’s weight matters too?

Researchers at the National Institute of Health have discovered that obese couples may take 59% more time to get pregnant as compared to those who have the ‘right’ weight (2). This means that shedding those extra kilos can actually improve your chances.

 

2. Stress Levels

3. Stress Levels
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Stress is not only harmful to a woman who is already pregnant but also for one who is trying to get pregnant.

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction tested 400 couples to assess the relationship between stress levels and conception. They discovered that women who had very high levels of stress biomarker, ‘alpha-amylase’ were twice as likely to become infertile than those who had low levels (3).

Stress relieving activities such as yoga and meditation can help.

3. Over-Exercising

4. Over-Exercising
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Although exercise is great, over-exertion is not advised if you want to get pregnant.

Research has shown that women who indulged in intense workouts for up to 5 hours per week took more time to get pregnant than women who didn’t (4). Moderate exercising, on the other hand, was considered to be good and could boost your fertility levels. That said, women should have some amount of body fat to help with ovulation.