Most experts recommend that couples looking to get pregnant avoid alcohol. Not only can it lead to dehydration, but high amounts of alcohol use (this includes binge drinking) have been associated with reduced fertility. Additionally, if you're regularly drinking and get pregnant without realizing it, there may be some risks to the fetus as well.
It's also important to note that the benefits of abstaining don't just apply to the partner getting pregnant; a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health confirmed that alcohol use can impair sperm health and may have lasting effects on the fetus too. Bottom line? If you're looking to get pregnant, it might be best for you and your partner to limit alcohol for now.
Sugary drinks and processed sweeteners
While it's important to live a balanced life with treats now and then, if you have any issues with unstable blood sugar levels (for instance, if you have diabetes or PCOS), it might be helpful to stick to less-processed sweeteners to help boost fertility. Concentrated doses of the sweet stuff can throw your blood sugar totally out of whack, creating issues with insulin and your general hormonal balance.
Consume candies and desserts in moderation for your fertility diet plan, and don't forget about sneakier sugar bombs like fruit juice, energy drinks, and sweet teas. Sugared sodas, in particular, have been associated with ovulatory infertility, according to a study in Epidemiology.
Limiting sugar intake doesn't mean you should use artificially sweetened products in its place. "Artificial sweeteners are stressors on your system; they create a cortisol response, which inhibits ovulation," Vitti says. If you're craving sugary stuff, choose less-processed sweeteners with lower glycemic loads, such as agave syrup, honey, maple syrup, or stevia, a natural zero-calorie sweetener.
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