Things To Avoid....

Alcohol, nicotine and recreational drugs
All of these have been well documented to have a negative effect on both egg and sperm production and should therefore be avoided during preconception and in pregnancy. related article

Caffeine robs the body of water and valuable minerals. It stimulates the body to produce cortisol, a stress hormone that can interfere with the proper balance of your reproductive hormones. Unfortunately, the way decaffeinated coffee is processed makes it just as bad as regular coffee. Tea, especially green tea, contains about 20% less caffeine and fewer volatile oils. Green tea has beneficial antioxidants and is a good substitute for “revving up” in the morning if needed.

Junk food
Most processed and fast foods are highly refined with substantial fat and sugar contents. Many also contain trans-fatty acids which are found in shortening, margarine, lard, animal fat and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Spend a few moments at the grocery store to read ingredient lists before you place an item in your basket. A good rule of thumb to follow is: if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it!

Unnecessary medications and over-the-counter preparations
Even non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen can inhibit ovulation and impair sperm production. Women with scanty cervical mucous should avoid decongestants, antihistamines and excessive supplementation of vitamin C. Vaginal lubricants should also be avoided unless the label says that they are “fertility friendly”.

* A special note for men:

Elevated temperatures in the testes can lower testosterone levels and have a detrimental affect on sperm production. Wear loose-fitting underwear and avoid hot baths, saunas and hot tubs. related articles

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