Dear Docs,
I eat a healthy diet and work out every day of the week. Why can’t I get  pregnant?
 
Answer from Dr. Ginny Weathers:
 
The process of conception takes so much coordination that it is hard to believe it happens so often, but the human body is capable of many miraculous things. First you should understand that even with an optimally healthy woman, the average time to conception is 6 to 9 months of trying perfectly every month. Other things that factor in are a woman’s menstrual cycles- is yours regular every month? Are you in fact ovulating with each cycle? Ovulation kits at the drugstore are a great way to confirm this. Also timed intercourse around the ovulation period is crucial. Exercise is always great for the human body but too much of anything can be a bad thing. Strenuous daily exercise could actually be taking a toll on your body and stressing your system out too much. When women areover exercising or if a woman is too thin, it can interfere with ovulation and menstrual cycles. Now ask the next question- what is healthy eating? Growing up we were taught that many foods are healthy, when in fact a lot of women’s bodies don’t tolerate these “healthy” foods very well at all. Foods like grains, dairy, soy, and complex carbs can cause inflammation in some women, which leads to massive dysregulation of hormones and nutrition, which can then lead to infertility. Also, making sure you have normal levels of all your vital vitamins and enzymes that keep your hormones normal is very important. A daily prenatal vitamin, omega 3 fatty acids (DHA) and Vitamin D is crucial. Last of all, don’t forget sleep! Everyone should strive for 7-8 hours of sleep a night to keep their body functioning at healthy levels. A recent article showed how lack of sleep could alter your body’s hormones, metabolism and many other important functions.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(14)70012-9/abstract Don’t get discouraged. Just get informed! Houston has a lot of great resources for you!  For more info on  Dr. Weathers and Women’s Specialty Healthcare click here!