PHOENIX - For those of you wanting to add a baby to the family, how do you sort through the fact and fiction when it comes to the best pregnancy practices?
ABC15 sat down with Fertility Specialist, Dr. Victoria Maizes, who’s the Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, to talk about what to do... and what not to do... to get pregnant.
She just released her book: Be Fruitful, The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child.
Dr. Maizes says the book prepares you for pregnancy using the wisdom of integrative medicine and incorporates natural strategies proven to make it easier to get pregnant.
First, she’s busting a myth. She says eating fish is good because it's full of omega-3 fatty acids. But, fish with high levels of Mercury, like swordfish and shark are the absolute no-no's.
Also, she says skip non-fat and low-fat milk because whole milk increases fertility.
Finally, she suggests avoiding vigorous exercise.
“As a doctor, I'm always trying to get people to do more exercise, but when you're trying to conceive, that may be the one time you should back off. That's because really vigorous exercise can interfere with a woman's menstrual cycles and actually suppress ovulation,” Dr. Maizes explains.
There are things men can do too, like take a multi-vitamin. Dr. Maizes says studies show it can increase fertility by up to five times.
Also, ladies, the makeup you wear can be crucial. To check for toxic ingredients in your makeup, go to the Environmental Working Group website .
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