There are a few things that I would recommend cutting out totally if you are trying to get pregnant and one of them is caffeine which we seem to consume a lot of these days, through coffee, tea, energy drinks and even chocolate.
Now although there is no exact scientific proof that caffeine itself can cause problems with fertility, the fact that it can cause reactions within the body can which can in turn cause problems with fertility. This led me to cutting out the caffeine (fortunately I was never a big coffee drinker, but being from England I was a complete tea fiend). Now 4 years down the line, I don’t touch the stuff, and when I’ve had a cuppa at my girlfriends’s just to be polite, I’ve actually not enjoyed it at all!.
Most studies have found that moderate caffeine intake won’t have a negative impact on fertility, but my advice is to just cut it out!
Now, the effects that it can have on the body are to make you nervous which can cause stress, and it can also interfere with your sleepas well. Both of these in turn can have a negative impact on fertility so if you think that caffeine is causing you stress or sleepless nights, then opt for alternatives such as naturally caffeine free red bush tea, fruit teas or herbal teas.
It’s also thought that caffeine might have an effect on hormone levels and ovulation, and also how that it might also interfere with the way in which the muscles in your fallopian tubes work when they are contracting to help the egg on its way to the uterus.
If you have been trying naturally and are now heading down the IVF route, then it really is best to cut it out altogether, as studies have shown that having over 50mg of caffeine daily has been linked to a lower success rate ( there are around 100mg of caffeine in an average cup of coffee and around 75mg of caffeine in an average cup of tea) You also need to be aware that some other foods contain caffeine too (green tea, chocolate, coca cola, energy drinks, some flu remedies) so make sure you check labels carefully beforehand to be on the safe side.
Caffeine and Sperm Production
For the men, it’s thought that caffeine doesn’t really have an impact on fertility and in fact some studies have suggested that it could actually help with sperm by making them more mobile, but further research is needed on this so the jury is out at the moment.
Caffeine during Pregnancy
Once you become pregnant, having too much caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage, so the advice is to have no more than 200mg per day. This is roughly around the equivalent to 2 cups of coffee per day.
How You Can Cut Down
If you find you need your caffeine fixes to get through the day, then start trying to cut down gradually first of all, before you are trying to conceive, as this will be easier and cause less side effects in the body than just suddenly cutting it out altogether. Try and cut it right down or right out over the space of a number of weeks. If you are a big caffeine drinker, cutting out totally in one go could in itself cause the body to become stressed, which in turn will make it more difficult to conceive, so best to do it gradually over a space of time.
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