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10 things NOT to do when you’re trying to conceive

Section: Getting Pregnant

From popping folic acid pills, to getting your head around your ovulation cycle, there are a lot of things to think about when trying to conceive.

But what about the things you shouldn’t do? We reveal just a few…

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Go on a booze binge

You’re not pregnant yet and you’re going to have to be tee-total for a whole nine months – so that means you can go on a bender now, right? Well, no… not exactly. Drinking more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week can affect your fertility and cause imbalances in the hormonal system that controls reproduction. Best to stick to the soft stuff then…
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Get obsessed over ovulation

Knowing your ovulation cycle is important, but if you’re keeping too militant a regime (and dragging your exhausted partner off to the bedroom the moment her walks through the door), it’s probably best to remind yourself that it is meant to be fun
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Be a couch potato

A gentle exercise regime will help you prepare for your bundle of joy. Regular exercise can also reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, boost energy levels and build up stamina. Well, that is one big bump you’re going to have to carry around for nine months!
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Go on a spending spree

Having a baby is a big financial decision, so it’s best to save your pennies. From the moment your baby is born, you’ll be forking out the cash from the bank of mum and dad for a very long time...
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Tuck into takeaways

As much as you may be craving your Friday night takeaway, this is the time to be making sure you’re in great shape. Good health does help your fertility – so swap your favourite curry with plenty of folic acid-packed veggies, legumes and pulses to give your body the kick start it needs.
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Miss the pharmacy sales

Let’s face it, you’re going to be weeing on a stick a lot. Stock pile your pregnancy tests if you spot them on offer – not only will you save money, but also all the frantic dashes to the nearest Boots.
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Skip breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that is even more the case when you’re trying to conceive. And the bigger the better! Recent research found that hose who ate more at breakfast than dinner were more likely to conceive than those who ate their main meal in the evening. Guilt-free pancakes it is, then.
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According to research, stress can double a woman’s chance of becoming infertile. Make sure you take time to chill out, whether you like to relax with a meet-up with mates, or a Made in Chelsea marathon…
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Keep smoking

Smoking during pregnancy is a big no-no, and the same is advised for when you’re trying to conceive. Smoking can lead to premature birth and even a miscarriage.
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Freak out

Perhaps the most important thing is not to freak out. Make sure you’re ready to take this important next step in your life and remember that all mums-to-be can feel daunted at times.

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