Recently, infertility has become a common problem for couples trying to conceive. As determined by the Center for Disease Control, about 6% of married women between the ages of 15 and 44 years old in the United States are unable to get pregnant after a year of unprotected sex. The causes of infertility have been determined to be both hereditary and dependant on environment and lifestyle. Although there is no specific recipe to follow when trying to successfully conceive, there are some lifestyle changes that a couple can make to better their chances of achieving pregnancy.

When trying to have a baby, it is important for both members of the couple to aim for a healthier lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight. Remember that being underweight could also negatively impact fertility. Studies show that body weight has a great impact in the normal functioning of hormonal and reproductive processes in both men and women.

For women, an unhealthy weight might translate into irregular periods which could be an indication of fertility problems. For men, studies revealed that being overweight is related to low testosterone levels, a hormone that plays a key role in the functioning of male sexual organs and in the production of sperm. On the other hand, it is important to remember that the hormones needed for both men and women to achieve a normal sexual function are made of lipids or fat, therefore having a low weight may decrease the production of these hormones and negatively affect fertility.

Exercising as a couple could be a great idea idea when trying to conceive, since exercise helps maintain low stress levels as well as a healthy weight. Now that it’s summer, it’s the perfect time to go for hikes or walks with your significant other, which is an easy way to exercise and relax while enjoying a nice scenery. Summer time also means summer fruit time! Summer fruits such as strawberry, raspberry and papaya are good sources of folic acid which are known to be important in preventing birth defects during early conception.