How Do My Lifestyle Choices Impact My Fertility?

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A lot of reasons why fertility can be difficult will be down to the specific lifestyle choices we all have. This will vary from person to person, but it’s a good idea to know what’s going to impact your chances of falling pregnant and raising a family.

From smoking and alcohol, to your diet, exercise and other factors like mental health and other illnesses. There can be a lot to consider in preparing to have a baby. In this guide we look into key lifestyle factors that have the potential to impact fertility.

Your diet

A healthy diet filled with fruits, veggies and grains will give you the best benefits not just for your fertility but also for your general health and wellbeing. It’s important to keep on top of what you eat, as weight gain or weight loss can impact your fertility. If you’re overweight, or even underweight, your fertility chances have the potential to decrease.

Smoking and drinking

If you are a smoker, you should consider quitting. There are many support groups in the UK to help with smoking addictions. If you have a serious smoking habit it can greatly impact your fertility chances.

This also goes for alcohol consumption. You should aim to reduce the amount of alcohol  you drink on a regular basis to help aid fertility. Once you fall pregnant you won’t be able to drink alcohol for the entire period you are pregnant, so starting now can really help you later on.


It’s not a significant factor in everyone’s fertility journey, but it has been linked to fertility improvements in the past. With that in mind, it’s worth exploring if you should pick up physical activity on a regular basis. Even walking can help with this to get you on your feet a lot more each week.

If you do have concerns about your fertility then you can always book to have a fertility evaluation at your local IVF clinic.

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