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Hello everyone. We are here again this week to bring to you the part 2 of the topic we started last week. If you missed the first part of this article, here is the link…

Read about 5 other things one needs to avoid if getting pregnant is the goal;



Stress can definitely interfere with conception. In fact, if you’re having a hard time getting pregnant, people may have already said to you, “Just relax and it will happen.” Although this can feel insulting, there’s a kernel of truth to it.

That’s because stress can affect the functioning of the hypothalamus — the gland in the brain that regulates your appetite and emotions, as well as the hormones that tell your ovaries to release eggs. If you’re stressed out, you may ovulate later in your cycle or not at all. So if you’re only having sex around day 14, thinking that you’re about to ovulate, you may miss your opportunity to conceive.

It’s important to differentiate between constant and sudden stress. The body often acclimates to constant, everyday stresses, so you’ll probably ovulate fairly consistently each cycle. It’s sudden stress — a death in the family, an accident, divorce — that can throw your cycle off and interfere with ovulation.

Of course, this varies from woman to woman. Some women find that even a trip out of town can delay ovulation. Others have found that a severely traumatic incident didn’t impact their cycle at all.

It’s also important to remember that stress isn’t only a reaction to something negative. Positive stress can also affect your cycle, causing you to ovulate later or not at all. Brides often report strange cycles because they’re happily stressed about their weddings. It doesn’t matter that the cause of the stress is good — it can still affect ovulation.

If you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re under stress, your cervical fluid may give you a warning that something’s wrong. Rather than noticing increasing cervical fluid wetness as you approach ovulation, you might find patches of wetness interspersed with dry days. It’s as if your body is trying to ovulate, but the stress continues to delay it.

You’ll be able to confirm when you have indeed ovulated by tracking your basal body temperature. You should see a sustained rise in temperature about a day after ovulation, lasting about 12 to 16 days.

The good news is that delayed ovulation simply lengthens your entire cycle. It doesn’t shorten the luteal phase — typically lasting 12 to 16 days after ovulation to the start of your next menstrual period. This is important because a short luteal phase has been linked to early miscarriage.

So while stress may impact when you ovulate, it won’t necessarily mess with your chances of a successful pregnancy, as long as you know how to identify when ovulation is about to occur by charting your cervical fluid.

If you find it difficult knowing when you ovulate, you can read our article on 5 Ways To Know You Are Ovulating



At least one study indicates that smoking lowers sperm counts, and there’s no question that marijuana (cannabis) does the same.

When you are trying to have a baby, it’s important to be as healthy as you can be.So, my advice would be to stop smoking before attempting a pregnancy. Not only will it optimize your chances of conceiving, it will also help protect your family. Secondhand smoke can be dangerous for your partner and baby.



If you’re looking for a reason to skip housecleaning, how’s this: The chemicals in many common cleaners may have toxic effects on fertility.

“The science isn’t black and white, but there’s enough evidence out there for us to be really concerned about the effect these chemicals are having on our reproductive processes,” says Alexandra Gorman Scranton, director of science and research at Women’s Voices for the Earth and author of the group’s report Household Hazards: Reproductive Harm and Household Cleaning Products.

Compounding the problem is the lack of labeling standards. “Just because a product says ‘all-natural’ or ‘biodegradable’ doesn’t mean it’s safe,” Scranton says.

Below are some tips on what to avoid:


Synthetic fragrances in cleaning products, such as laundry detergents, are often bonded by chemicals call phthalates. “The manufacturers want you to smell the fragrance when you open the box, when you use the product, and then later when you smell the clothes,” says Martin Wolf, director of product and environmental technology at Seventh Generation, a company that creates nontoxic and earth-friendly cleansers. “Fragrances in nature disperse quickly; [phthalates] bond the fragrance to the clothing so you keep smelling it.” Wolf adds that air-freshening products of all varieties are also worth avoiding. Natural odor-removers such as baking soda and fresh air are good alternatives.

Petroleum-based surfactants

Another group of chemicals, alkyl phenoxy ethoxylates (APEs), are lesser known, but still quite suspicious. These are surfactants, or agents that cause water surface tension to break more easily, and they’re common in laundry detergents and fabric softeners. In animal studies, APEs have been associated with reduced sperm count and testicular size. Because they’re not readily biodegradable, APEs enter the water system after they’re washed out of your laundry. And while the effect on humans is not yet proven, it’s worth noting that one member of the APE family of chemicals, nonoxyl-9, is used as a spermicide.


The solvents found in many glass cleaners, carpet cleaners, hard-surface cleaners, and oven cleaners contain EGBE, or 2-butoxyethanol, which evidence links to fertility problems in lab animals. “What people don’t consider is that a solvent that tells you it cuts through grease is also something that easily gets through the skin and into the body,” says Devra Lee Davis, M.P.H., director of the Center of Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and professor of epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health. “Studies in China, where fertility is very closely monitored, show links to decreased fertility in women with high exposure to these chemicals.”

Make-it-yourself cleaners. If you’re feeling industrious, you can mix your own products. Women’s Voices for the Earth has a link to several recipes for different nontoxic cleaners. Try this all-purpose cleaner: Mix two cups of white vinegar and two cups of water. Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance if you like. To boost the cleaning power for tough jobs, microwave the mixture in a glass container until barely hot.



The verdict is still out on this one. Some people say that the active ingredient in marijuana (THC) lowers testosterone levels, which may decrease sperm counts. Others say that it can disrupt a woman’s ovulation. But there hasn’t been any solid or convincing scientific research that proves either way whether smoking marijuana affects fertility in men or women.

Even though there’s no evidence that marijuana can harm your chances of conception, it’s a risk you don’t want to take. If you’ve recently smoked marijuana, wait a month or so after your last hit before trying to conceive. It’ll take at least a month to get all traces of the drug out of your system.

But the best reason to give up drugs now is that partying and pregnancy don’t mix. Several studies have indicated that regular use of marijuana can cause birth defects and inadequate fetal growth. Plus, marijuana isn’t manufactured legally, so you never know what you’re getting. It may be contaminated with other drugs or herbicides that could place your baby-to-be at even greater risk. The bottom line: When it comes to smoking marijuana while trying to get pregnant, just say no.


hot tubs

Men who are trying to become dads should probably avoid frequent dips in the hot tub because the testes are very sensitive to heat. Men’s testes are outside the body for a reason — they need to be in a cooler environment to produce healthy sperm.

It can take two to three months to produce a mature sperm cell and it’s the immature sperm that are especially vulnerable, so a trip to the hot tub in January can impact developing sperm that’s released as late as March, even April.

In the same way, the sperm count of an avid bicyclist who rides nearly every day might be lowered as a result of heat around the scrotum, which is sandwiched between his legs and bike seat.

Hot tubs, bicycling, saunas — even wearing tight underwear — are probably okay in moderation, but a man with a marginal sperm count might want to pass on these activities while he’s trying to help his partner conceive.

There’s no evidence to suggest that heat affects a woman’s eggs, but we do know that hot tubs and saunas aren’t recommended during pregnancy. Some studies show that raising your body temperature during early pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, and a 2003 study found that women who used hot tubs early in pregnancy were twice as likely to miscarry. If you really want to play it safe, skip the hot tub for weeks just prior to ovulation.

Wearing tight pants or underwear won’t damage a woman’s eggs, but I don’t recommend it because it’s not conducive to gynecological health. Yeast infections flourish when tight clothing traps heat and moisture. Try not to wear anything synthetic against your vagina. Stick to cotton underwear, or at least panties with a cotton crotch.

Thong underwear, in particular, is more likely to act as a conduit for bacteria from the rectum to the vagina because of the way it fits, so I suggest you avoid wearing a thong every day, whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not.

And if you do have a yeast infection, avoid sex until it clears up. Not only will intercourse be uncomfortable, you can pass the infection to your partner who can then re-infect you, creating a cycle that’s hard to break.  If you have been having difficulties with getting pregnant, I will suggest you have a look at the Female Infertility Remedy Kit as well as the Male Infertility Remedy Kit. Both Kits provide natural remedy o overcome infertility in both women and men. These Kits have successfully been used to help a lot of couples overcome infertility easily and naturally.

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