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Top Tips for Couples Trying to Conceive

Top Tips for Couples Trying to Conceive

April 4, 2017 - By Sam Mann

The UK’s leading authority on reproductive health in traditional Chinese medicine Dr Zhai shares her recommendations for those trying for a baby. 

1. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet

A healthy and balanced diet can help with weight control and also keep sperm production at optimal levels. Foods to enjoy and eat freely include fruits, vegetables and foods high in protein and fibre. Foods to eat in small quantities include red meat, dairy products, refined foods and caffeine. You should completely avoid smoking, chilled/iced drinks (can irritate your digestive system) and alcohol.

2. Engage in regular, moderate exercise

Exercise increases your oxygen intake, which improves your circulation, respiration and muscle condition. Exercise also stimulates your brain’s chemical reactions to change the way you feel, helping to combat anxiety or depression and improve concentration. Don’t over exert yourself, but I recommend exercising to raise your heart rate for 20 minutes (enough to raise a sweat) three to five times a week.

3. Manage stress

Stress can upset your mental health, which can disturb your normal bodily functions and affect your chances of conceiving. Maintaining a healthy emotional life and peace of mind is just as important as physical health. Try to identify and reduce the things that cause you stress.

4. Don’t plan sexual intercourse

Many of my patients find planned sex becomes hard work. Men find it difficult to perform at a particular time, so sex becomes a job rather than a pleasure. Many couples try too hard and become frustrated by performing to a timetable. Instead, I recommend having sex twice a week (every three days), so the couples never miss the fertile period as healthy sperm can survive up to 72 hours in a woman’s body. I don’t recommend having sex everyday around the time of ovulation as this can create emotional tension, put too much pressure on the female fallopian tubes and can reduce the sperm quality.

5. Take supplements

Both women and men should take supplements in order to provide their bodies with the critical nutrients that will put them in the optimal shape to conceive. I recently released my own range of supplements, Zhai Premium Fertility for Women and Zhai Premium Fertility for Men available at Zhai Healthcare. Not only do they contain the most important vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, zinc and selenium, they also contain the classic Chinese herbs of goji berry, sesame and ginseng, which are known for their fertility boosting powers. The supplements additionally include a double-distilled premium fish oil as a softgel in each daily sachet, which contains the optimum level of the beneficial Omega-3s DHA and EPA. Produced in the UK by a specialist company with Good Manufacturing Practice status, there are no GMOs and no additives, such as “chalk” fillers.

Dr Xiao-Ping Zhai, the founder and principal clinician at The Zhai Clinic www.zhaiclinic.com, is the UK’s leading authority on reproductive health in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr Zhai released her book How to Get Pregnant: The Zhai Programme for Successful Conception in order to make her expertise and advice easily available for all couples who are trying to conceive.

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