Taking care of your mind and body during treatment


Keeping your body healthy can increase the chance of conception and provide a healthier environment for your baby to grow. By eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and avoiding harmful substances, you can help your body work to the best of its ability.

Advice for women trying to conceive

It’s a good idea to start making healthy changes to your diet three months to a year before you conceive. Eating a balanced diet will help you maintain a healthy weight and get more of the nutrients your body needs. Your doctor may recommend taking vitamins or supplements to ensure that you’re getting enough folic acid, zinc, and calcium. They can also recommend the amount of supplements and vitamins to take, and what to avoid.

Certain substances may impact your fertility if consumed in large amounts. Consider making dietary changes if your consumption of the following items is excessive:

  • Caffeine
    Consuming too much caffeine per day could reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. After conception, it may increase the chance of miscarriage
  • Alcohol
    High levels of alcohol may be linked to infertility, although reports are not clear on whether moderate drinking has an impact. Alcohol in any amount should be avoided during pregnancy

    Talk to your doctor or call the National Alcohol and Drug Dependence Hope Line at 1-800-622-2255 if you need help getting alcohol consumption under control


Advice for men trying to conceive

For men hoping to become fathers, it’s important to understand how certain lifestyle choices can affect your fertility and your quality of life.

Talk to your doctor about your proper weight range, and make a plan for achieving it. While you’re thinking about your diet, ensure adequate intake of zinc and vitamin E, both of which can boost fertility. They’re found in many foods, but it might also be a good idea to talk to your doctor about adding a multivitamin to your daily routine.

Consider the effects alcohol may have on your fertility. When consumed in large amounts, alcohol can affect sperm count. Aim to reduce your alcohol consumption to reduce the impact on your fertility.  

If you need help getting alcohol consumption under control, talk to your doctor or call the National Alcohol and Drug Dependence Hope Line at 1-800-622-2255.