How to get pregnant faster by improving egg quality
What is egg quality and how can you improve it? These 3 tips will help you to increase your egg quality so that you can get pregnant faster…
‘Egg quality’ is how we define the state of your eggs: whether they are genetically ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’.
The quality of your eggs will depend on a number of factors, including; advanced maternal age, genetics, present medical/health conditions (such as PCOS or endometriosis), lifestyle habits and nutrition.
Poor egg quality is often linked to advanced maternal age. When you age, the DNA inside your egg naturally begins to decline and can make it harder for you to get pregnant.
Medical conditions like PCOS or Endometriosis – which can compromise your egg or lead to poor endometrial thickening and negative lifestyle habits (such as too much stress or too little sleep) – can also lead to a lower level of egg quality.
The relationship between egg quality and fertility is clear. A woman’s body is biologically programmed to release one egg per every cycle – and that one egg represents your chance that month for pregnancy.
Improving your egg quality is key to your fertility journey, and there are a number of ways you can do it…
#1 It’s time to fix your sleeping pattern
Listen up all you night owls, night-shift workers, late-night lovers… it’s time to prioritise a healthy sleep cycle if you’re serious about your fertility.
I know it’s not always easy when you have work commitments, but I encourage you to take this advice as far as it is possible for you within your lifestyle.
Sleep is a fundamental part of balancing your mind with your body.
It plays an important role in regulating your hormones and repairing damaged cells.
The hormones that trigger ovulation have been linked to the body’s sleep-wake pattern. Therefore, a long-term lack of sleep could directly affect the release of the hormone responsible for triggering ovulation, resulting in menstrual irregularity – meaning that it could take you much longer to conceive.
A healthy sleep cycle would be aiming to settle yourself down to sleep around the same time every night and waking around the same time the next morning. You should be getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep per night.
Light pollution and egg quality:
Several studies have shown that the blue light pollution from our electronics and screens could be responsible for our sleep disruptions.
The blue light emitted from your smartphone, tablet, lighting and computers suppresses the natural production of melatonin in the body – a key hormone to sleep and to the protection of your eggs during the ovulation period. Without melatonin, your egg quality suffers.
If you’re struggling to fall asleep at night and think that your daily screen time could be responsible, then (as well as reducing your screen time where possible) we recommend investing in these orange glasses that have been designed to block blue light.
#2 Remove sugar from your diet
I talk a lot about diet when it comes to egg quality, but I specifically want to talk about the importance of reducing/eliminating sugar.
We consume way too much processed sugar. This is something that seriously needs to change if you’re trying to improve your egg quality.
The only sugars that should be in your diet are natural sugars found in fruit (and even then you should be careful with your intake).
Too much sugar can cause inflammation which can interrupt ovarian function.
Drinking sugary beverages or eating high glycemic and processed carbohydrates with added sugars can lead to a spike blood sugars and cause a sharp rise in your insulin levels. The hormone of insulin works in a similar way to the hormone responsible for the maturation of your eggs – if insulin levels are too high, it can interfere with ovulation.
It’s clear – it’s time to say goodbye to sugar and hello to more foods that will empower your fertility.
#3 Stop trying to accomplish too much
Setting goals to work towards is important for anyone who wants to accomplish something in life.
But it’s also important to put your goals into perspective and to practice patience on your journey towards them.
Too many times have I seen my patients in distress because they’re not pregnant yet. Time has a way of burning you out and killing your hope – which only makes it harder for you in the long run. I know it’s hard. Trust me, I know how much you want to get pregnant. But stress is counterproductive on your journey
Having a healthy, realistic mindset about how you’re going to make this goal into a reality will help you to reduce stress.
Every day, you will take small steps towards a big goal. Every day you will get a little closer. Don’t push yourself backwards by trying to unnaturally fast-forward.
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