Hot Baths and Other Things to Avoid if You Want to Conceive
If you take a hot bath, are you decreasing your chances of getting pregnant? These tips for improving female fertility are from physician and author Dr Jacob Teitelbaum. He shares the most important things to avoid until you are at least three months pregnant.
Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility is an excellent resource for women who want to get pregnant, and who need to know how things like hot baths affect fertility. Sami David and Jill Blakeway identify “fertility types,” describe everything from recognizing the causes of fertility problems to making lifestyle choices that enhance fertility to trying surprising strategies such as taking cough medicine, decreasing doses of fertility drugs, or getting acupuncture along with in vitro fertilization.
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for read How to Increase Fertility Naturally. I researched several tips for female fertility – some that you may not have heard of yet!
And, here are Dr Teitelbaum’s tips for improving female fertility….
Hot Baths and Other Tips for Getting Pregnant
“These are important things to avoid from now until after you are three months pregnant, as they can cause infertility,” says Dr Teitelbaum. “Just do the best you can with these guidelines – it’s okay to not be “perfect” with them.”
Avoid coffee and sodas (tea is OK)
Both coffee and sodas inhibit fertility-often markedly. Especially avoid caffeine if your Prolactin blood test is LOW, as it can lower it further.
Look at the ingredients in your natural supplements
Avoid supplements with melatonin (which is sometimes used to treat insomnia) as it can affect reproductive hormones.
Watch how much Vitamin C you take
Avoid taking over 900 mg of supplemental vitamin C daily (causes reversible infertility). Taking 750 mg a day of vitamin C, however, helps infertility,7 so we will supply this amount. Do not take over 7,000 units of supplemental vitamin A (causes birth defects-beta carotene is OK) daily. The supplement we will supply has 3,500 i.u. of vitamin A (the other 3,500 i.u. it contains is beta carotene).
Avoid hot tubs – but hot baths are okay if you’re pregnant
Avoid hot tubbing after you get pregnant (it increases birth defect risks). A hot bath, which is not over 100 degrees in temperature, is a safer way to relax. In a bath much of your upper body will remain out of the water, making you less likely to overheat. Additionally, the water in a bath begins to cool off, as opposed to a hot tub, further reducing any risk of overheating. A hot tub is usually set at 102-104 degrees, which can overheat your body and can harm the baby.
Avoid a high protein or Atkins’ Diet
An Atkins-like diet in a rat study decreased fertility over 50%, says Dr Teitelbaum. For more info, read How Protein Increases Female Fertility (you need to find a healthy balance of protein to get pregnant).
Think twice before drinking wine, cocktails, or other alcoholic beverages
Avoid alcohol if Prolactin levels are higher than 10 – and drink moderately or rarely even if Prolactin levels are lower.
Avoid lubricants if you want to conceive
Avoid vaginal lubricants such as FemGlide, Replens and Astroglide, which can damage sperm. Pre-seed brand is OK.
If you haven’t talked to your doctor about getting pregnant, now is a good time to do so. Your doctor knows your health issues, and your health issues can affect your fertility levels.
Dr Teitlebaum’s Lifestyle Tips for Getting Pregnant
1. You’re more likely to get pregnant if you have intercourse on the day you ovulate and up to 4 days before (otherwise “ad lib” whenever you feel like it). It is OK to have intercourse multiple times during this period. For purposes of getting pregnant, intercourse even 1 day after ovulation is unlikely to result in pregnancy-but OK to do anyway for its other benefits.
2. Enjoy milk products but use regular ones that have the normal amount of milk fat (e.g., whole milk) instead of low-fat or fat-free milk products. In a Harvard study, high intake of low-fat dairy foods was associated with an increased risk of infertility, while an increased intake of high-fat dairy foods was associated with a lower risk of infertility. Women consuming at least 2 servings of low-fat dairy foods per day showed an 85% increased risk of infertility. On the other hand, women consuming at least 1 serving of high-fat dairy foods per day showed a 27% reduced risk of infertility.13 Whole milk products (instead of low-fat ) also taste better.
For more things to avoid if you’re trying to conceive, read 10 Things That Help You Get Pregnant.
Do you have any tips for improving female fertility? Comments welcome below.