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Trying to Conceive? Here Are 3 Fertility Mistakes to Avoid

Updated: Mar 15

When it comes to trying to conceive, many couples experience a whirlwind of emotions throughout the process. It can seem as though there's so much to calculate and do 'right' that it's easy to become overwhelmed. This often leads to couples making mistakes that can affect their overall fertility. Here are just a few common mistakes to avoid if you're trying to conceive.

Going to see a women's health care professional too soon.

This may seem like a logical course of action, but if you're under the age of 35, experts say you should wait a year before going to see OBGYN specialists. Though it's normal to feel frustrated after trying for several months, there's no real need unless you have any underlying health problems. If you're over the age of 35, however, feel free to make an appointment with the best gynecologists in Chicago after just a six month waiting period.

Waiting too long to try and conceive.

Though it's perfectly logical to want to get yourself 'established' before having a baby, it's important to keep your biological clock in mind. Women are most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24, and fertility starts to decline for women from about the age of 30, dropping down more steeply from the age of 35. With this in mind, conception will only grow more difficult with time. If you feel emotionally ready, the time is now.

Not letting go of unhealthy habits.

Finally, everyone knows that they need to kick their unhealthy habits after they conceive, but not many stop to think about how their current lifestyle habits contribute to their chances of conceiving. The truth is that any negative health habits could significantly impact these rates, so be wary and try to get healthy ahead of time.

"It’s a no-brainer that you’d have to kick those obviously bad habits like smoking, drinking, and/or drug use once you get pregnant. But remember that other common lifestyle factors play a role in affecting your fertility, too. Ease up on the caffeine (studies show it affects your ability to absorb iron, a key pre-natal nutrient) and try to curb that artificial sweeteners habit now," writes Laura Schocker on The Bump.

Ultimately, avoiding these mistakes is the key to improving your reproductive health. For more information about the best gynecologists in Chicago, contact WomanCare PC.

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