How to manage diet, exercise, and stress whilst you’re trying to conceive during the holiday season can be difficult. It is very common to find this time of year challenging and often sad, there are constant family reminders around, but trying out new healthy habits to decrease stress and increase relaxation during this time can be helpful.
As best as possible try to maximise sleep during the festive period and limit the number of late nights per week. Poor sleep can throw off natural cycles and ovulation. Establish a bedtime routine, create a calm sleep environment, and aim for 7-9 hours of rest each night. Adequate sleep not only benefits your overall well-being but also supports reproductive functions.
Maintain a balanced lifestyle
Life is about balance and everything in moderation is ok. A few glasses of your favourite alcoholic beverage will not impede your chances of trying to conceive but may help you relax. Excessive consumption of alcohol and sugary foods can disrupt hormone levels and negatively impact fertility. Opt for a balanced diet rich in nutrients, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Consider swapping alcoholic beverages for mocktails or herbal teas to stay festive without compromising your fertility goals.
Opt for high-quality protein
If you are dining or eating out this year, protein and healthy fats help to make up essential hormones and influence brain chemicals.
Incorporating regular exercise into your routine is essential for maintaining overall health and fertility. Exercise helps regulate hormones, improve circulation, and manage stress – all factors that contribute to a healthy reproductive system. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Choose activities you enjoy, such as walking, yoga, or swimming, and make them a part of your holiday schedule.
Reach out for support
Consider telling close family and friends what you’ve been going through whilst trying to conceive if they don’t know already know. Give them an opportunity to support you during this time.
Whilst it is harder during this festive period try and think about the things in your life which you are grateful for.
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