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How to Keep Stress From Harming Your Fertility


Updated May 21, 2014

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Why You Must Limit Alcoholic Drinks and Quit Smoking
Man blowing smoke

Another reason to kick the habit -- smoking impacts your fertility.

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Who doesn't know someone whose answer to a stressful day is a drink? I'm sure you're already aware that drinking and smoking are big no-no's when you're trying to get pregnant. But is just one glass of wine after work a problem?

A research study that looked at the effect of lifestyle and fertility found that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a week significantly lowered a woman's chance of pregnancy, specifically if the woman already is having trouble conceiving.

Also, according to the March of Dimes, no amount of alcohol has been proven to be 100% safe in pregnancy. To be on the safe side, you should avoid drinking while you are trying to get pregnant.

A drink on your birthday probably won't hurt, but don't make drinking a frequent weekly habit.

What about your partner? Drinking has been linked to lower fertility rates in men, as well as to an increased risk of miscarriage.

According to one study, which evaluated the effect of alcoholic consumption on IVF success, for every additional drink the man consumed, the risk of conception not leading to a live birth increased by 2 to 8 times. This was true for beer drinking as well.

What about smoking?

If either of you are smokers, be aware that smoking has a strong impact on your fertility. When either partner smokes, you are lowering your fertility, increasing the risk of miscarriage, and putting your unborn baby's health at risk.

Before you continue with trying to get pregnant, please try to quit smoking first.

Last but not least, let's look at the effect stress has on our sex lives, and how that in turn can mess with our plans for getting pregnant.

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