#5 lifestyle factors causing Delayed conception

A planned pregnancy could mean more than a healthy mother and baby, planning for a pregnancy is important for a safe and secure future as a family. As wannabe parents’ couple there are a wide range of factors including lifestyle to change; to be more aware of!

What could be more pleasant and warmer than “A blissful couple holding a baby??” Unfortunately today’s technological world has eventually made the quest to have a baby turn to be a booming business!!! Hence making pregnancy planning a necessity.

A recent fertility industry survey published by The Hindu -Business Line, in the beginning of this year, says that the IVF market in India is expected to expand to 500cr by 2022, when the country celebrates its 75thIndependence. Beginning with surrogacy in the last decade, where woman from a precariat line rented their wombs for around 5 lakhs, the industry has today grown with technology to reach a $775 million in the next few years says the survey. The industry will also expand its centres across the country in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.

“Infertility could be destructive; it causes stress, depression, emotional breakdown, doubts and fights, a bad relationship, social isolation and what not??”

A variety of ideas and research has lead to a number of therapies which help couples with infertility issues and pregnancy planning. Our human race today is definitely in need of all this clinical help with economic targets for the defective lifestyle we are practising. There are many environmental and lifestyle factors that impact our health including fertility. We will discuss a few environmental factors and its effects:

  1. Pollution
  2. Plastics
  3. Chemicals
  4. Fertilisers/ Pesticides
  5. Medications

Pollution and Pregnancy

Is one top rated reason for any defective health; research has proven that poor air quality affects the male sperm.
A WHO survey in November this year said

  • Exposure to pollution when in the womb can lower the child’s intelligence.
  • Increases the risk of childhood cancer.
  • The study also linked pollution with premature birth and a low birth weight risk.

Exposure to soft plastics, micro plastics, etc is also a risk factor.

Avoiding use of :Plastic water bottles with BPA and other chemicals when planning for a pregnancy.
Plastic water bottles- BPA free is safer
  • Studies show bisphenol A (BPA) found in food packaging disrupts the endocrine (EDC).
  • It tends to affect the sperm quality.
  • It also interferes sexual function with the release and metabolism of natural hormones.
  • To maximise chances of conception, avoiding the usage of soft plastics (completely avoid during pregnancy) usage of plastic food containers and glass which are BPA free, on the whole minimising our exposure to plastics might be a help factor.


Are also a partial reason for infertility or a delayed conception. Certain materials such as PFC’s (perfluorinated chemicals) used in the manufacture of nonstick cookware and breathable clothing are notable reasons. Avoiding the usage of these during pregnancy is better!

Reducing usage of non-stick during pregnancy : Be aware of Chemicals present in Cookware!
Hidden chemicals in cookware

Even though, there are no absolute explanations for it to be the primary cause, it is proven that these chemicals might affect the menstrual cycle and cause other hormone decline which eventually affects pregnancy.

For a while we’ve been told and taught to wash fruits and vegetables before we eat, it is because of this certain reason of chemicals being sprayed over them. It is always good to avoid processed and packaged food. Reduced consumption of certain fatty fish and meat is also counted.

Being in close contact with pesticides during pregnancy

Can also cause certain issues in pregnancy; might lead to miscarriages, low birth weight and the child’s learning capability might also be affected. For people living in area of crops are widely exposed to these, during pregnancy or even from the time planning for pregnancy or trying for conception it is better to avoid pesticides.

Avoid : Being in close contact with pesticides while planning for pregnancy.
Pesticides are known factors of neurological disorders

Usage of certain medications

Such as contraceptive pills and anti-depressants are also said to affect conception.

A woman’s fertility is strictly a relation between the brain and the uterus, any type of food intake or medication that disrupts this cycle will affect conception.

Preventive Measures

While all the above reasons mainly focus on endocrine disruptors (EDC’s), it is basically our lifestyle and habits that remain to be the cause. So, when planning for pregnancy, it is always safer to be a step ahead and prevent certain things for good, as the old saying “Prevention is better than cure”.

  • Avoiding plastic take away containers; food with preservatives, additives andanti-bacterial agents; reducing or completely preventing plastic bottles.
  • Certain sales receipt contain chemicals that are not advisable to be handled with our fingers,throwing it away at the earliest is one best practice.
  • Keeping our homes fresh and clean helps to improvise the air quality.
  • Certain household cleansers contain chemicals that are harmful; using alternative green products is good.
  • Avoiding usage of cosmetics and cleansers which contain parabens is also considered healthy!

All these simple changes can increase the chances of havinga baby!! What’s more Joyful than a baby bump and parenthood? Let’s begin today;A healthy lifestyle for a better future!!At Wannabe Parents, we are laser-focused onhelping wannabe parents put togethera personal plan for pregnancy that covers the 5 Pillars of Pregnancy Planning. This is the first time such aprogram is offered in India. For the convenience of couples, it is offeredonline in the format of Live Workshops with sessions conducted by experts intheir fields spanning across Doctors, Working Mothers, Financial Planners andmuch more. Do join us for the weekend free Webinars by registering here

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