I have taken this from my chinese doctor that i went to in sheffield. She is amazing and people go to her from all over the country. Her success rate is 68%!! she gets referrals from NHS in sheffield and nottingham for people they have given up on, and she gets them pregnant. I am convinced if i had not been seeing her for acupuncture and the dietary advice i would not have got pregnant.
Here is what she suggesters diet and lifestyle :-
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, preferably slightly cooked vegetables.
Try to have food that contains high protein, such as lean meat, organic or free range chicken, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.
Avoid junk food, excessive dairy products, freezing cold drinks and foods, and hot spicy foods.
Stop drinking alcohol and smoking. For women, smoking and drinking cause hormonal changes that can lead to menstrual irregularities and even anovulation. These changes can drastically decrease a woman’s chance of conceiving and thus affect fertility; for men, excessive alcohol intake and smoke can decrease their sperm count and even affect sperm quality.
Eliminate caffeine, sodas, sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates. Research suggests that high caffeine intake can affect both male and female fertility, impair your body’s absorption of iron and calcium. It has also been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage.
Eat small amount of red meats like beef, lamb etc. Do not eat any meat or animal products that have been treated with growth hormones.
Avoid excessive stress, worry and working long hours or anything that is taxing to your immune system, make sure have sufficient sleep. Take regular breaks during the day, use relaxation techniques once a day (e.g. meditation or Taichi etc).
If at all possible, avoid unnecessary medications or drugs, including over-the-counter preparations. Always looking for natural remedies as necessary.
Take regular and moderate exercise can improve blood circulation and boost up your energy level, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, balance your mental and physical health, hence increase your chances of conceiving. However, we do NOT recommend any intensive exercise, especially around your follicular and ovulation phases or after embryos transferred if having IVF or ICSI. It may over consume your energy, blood and yin (essence), increase the body heat, impair your egg quality or sperm quality and quantity for men, and therefore decrease your fertility or affect implantation if having ACT.