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 Time to Give Up Smoking and Drinking

Time to Give Up Smoking and Drinking

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If you are planning to become pregnant, this is the right time to quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking and drinking can negatively impact your fertility and therefore affect your chances of getting pregnant.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Reasons to Avoid Smoking before Becoming Pregnant

Lowers your chances of becoming pregnant
Delays pregnancy and increases infertility risk
May cause miscarriages
Affects men’s sperm count. Smokers have less sperm count compared to non-smokers. So, get your husband to quit as well if he is a smoker.

Tips to Quit Smoking

Set a Particular Date. After setting a date, gradually start reducing the number of times you smoke in a day prior to the set date. Finally, on your set date, stop smoking completely.
Discard cigarette and other smoking accessories, such as ashtrays, etc. from your home. Out of sight will help you to make it out of mind.
Try Changing your Habits. If you have a habit of smoking right after your dinner, do some different activities like going for a walk, having a fruit, etc. You can even opt for chewing on a piece of sugarless gum or a cinnamon stick instead.
Reward yourself when you meet your quitting goal.

Be positive in your effort to quit smoking. Take help from your doctor if you are not able to quit smoking by yourself. Your doctor can refer you to a counselor who can help you quit smoking and drinking.

Reasons to Avoid Drinking before Becoming Pregnant

Drinking alcohol reduces your chances of conceiving, as it affects your fertility. Ask your husband to stop drinking alcohol as well because it also affects his
reproductive health. It has been found that drinking alcohol lowers the male hormone testosterone and thereby reduces the sperm production.

Tips for Cutting down Alcohol Consumption

Try to reduce your quantity every day. You can do this by drinking in a smaller glass instead of a large glass.
Go for drinks which have low alcohol levels or reduced alcohols.
Staying hydrated also helps. If you feel thirsty, chances may be there that you might end up drinking more glasses.

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