Trouble trying to conceive? How to cope with some little-known infertility culprits?
Move in moderation and watch your weight. We all know that movement does the body good, but recent research suggests that too much of a good thing can be a hindrance. A study published in March in Fertility and Sterility revealed that normal-weight woman—those with a body mass index (BMI) under 25—who engaged in vigorous exercise like running, swimming, and aerobics for five or more hours a week were 42 percent less likely to get pregnant than women who did not exercise at all.
Cut back on caffeine. A lot of us like an extra cup of coffee or can't resist that super sized soda, but if you're trying to get pregnant, it's usually a good idea to say no. Caffeine (the equivalent of two cups of coffee) reduced the muscle activity in the fallopian tubes, which aids in the transport of a woman's eggs from her ovaries to the womb. The caffeine caused the muscle contractions to lax, so much so that the eggs couldn't move.
Go gluten-free. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, was diagnosed in over 5 percent of women suffering from unexplained fertility in an infertility clinic.Condition like this can lead to fewer ovulations.