Medicine and Foods to Avoid When Trying to Get Pregnant
on Jan 11, 2013
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
You always read what foods to eat and what supplements to take to increase your fertility. But what medicine and foods should you avoid when trying to get pregnant?
When it comes to trying to conceive there is a countless list of things to do and take that help in the process, but there are just as many things to not do and take that can hinder your chances of conceiving. Whether you have been trying for two months or two years, getting pregnant is all about making sure that your body is as healthy and in harmony with each of its parts as it can be. To do that you might want to avoid certain medicines and foods that can make it harder to conceive. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
When you are sick with a cold it is a given that you are going to take medicine such as Sudafed, Afrin and Actifed that restrict the mucus production in the nasal membrane to help you with a stuffy and sniffly nose. However, your cervix utilizes mucus as well to help sperm travel more easily through the uterus and fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg, but if your body’s mucus production is at less than peak efficiency it could make it more difficult for the sperm to reach its destination.
Common pain relievers that contain ibuprofen such as Aleve, Motrin and Advil can hinder the chances of you conceiving in two ways. One, it can block prostaglandins which is a chemical compound in your body that regulates inflammation and temperature, making it a less hospitable environment for the sperm to travel through and the egg to inhabit. Second, ibuprofen can affect your menstrual cycle each month and inhibiting your body’s regular ovulation.
Medicines that contain corticosteroids, taken in any form whether topically, orally or through injection, can prove detrimental to the body’s natural cortisol hormone levels. The corticosteroids in medicines such as Cortisone and Prednisone affect the natural cortisol levels in the body and that can affect your body’s menstrual and ovulation cycles. Taken temporarily corticosteroids may not affect fertility, but as a long-term medicine for issues dealing with swelling, itching or redness corticosteroids have a more likelihood of lowering fertility levels. Check with your doctor if you are taking medicines containing corticosteroids to see if it will affect your fertility and if there is an alternative available to you.
Soybeans contain a plant equivalent of the hormone estrogen known as phytoestrogens which can be a particular hindrance to women who are trying to actively conceive. An excess amount of estrogen in the body throws off your body’s ovulation and menstrual cycles, affecting the production of eggs needed to become pregnant.
Meat products that have been processed such as lunchmeats, hot dogs, salami and bacon have the preservatives nitrates and nitrites in them. Nitrates and nitrites when ingested can create nitrosamines in the body which are possibly carcinogenic and have been linked to the development of cancerous cells in the body. These issues make a less than healthy environment for your body to conceive in and could affect both ovulation and menstrual cycles.
When trying to conceive ingesting high amounts of sugar can throw off reproductive hormone production in the body. When your hormones are in flux your chances of conceiving are less than optimal through irregular ovulation and menstrual cycles. You want your hormones to be as level and healthy as possible to maximize the chances of getting pregnant.
High amounts of caffeine in the body is never good, but for a woman trying to conceive it can be quite detrimental as it reduces the chances of pregnancy and increases the chances of a miscarriage once you are in the early stages of pregnancy. It is best to avoid drinks/foods such as tea, coffee, soda, chocolate and so forth unless they are caffeine-free or consumed in extreme moderation.
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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)