Caffeine is found in things like coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Many of us reply on caffeine for the pick-me-up that we need to get through our days, but because caffeine is a stimulant, it can narrow the blood vessels and increase heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism and urine output. This can all have a negative effect on fertility health. The good news is that you probably don’t need to give up all caffeine. The potentially negative effects of caffeine on fertility and pregnancy are primarily seen when people consume more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. This is equivalent to about two eight-ounce cups of coffee. If you regularly consume more than 200 mg of caffeine a day, there are numerous ways to cut back.
Drink more water. Minimize caffeine withdrawal symptoms by increasing your water intake. This is especially helpful for reducing the intensity of headaches.
Gradually reduce caffeine intake. Avoid the headaches, fatigue and irritability that can come with quitting caffeine cold turkey by slowly reducing caffeine consumption each week. For example, if you typically drink four cups of coffee each day, you can reduce that by one cup per week.
Eat healthy food. Stabilize your energy and mood while cutting back on caffeine by adopting a nutritious diet rich in protein, iron, healthy fats and fresh produce.
Switch to decaf or low-caffeine tea. You can ease into your caffeine cut back by swapping caffeinated beverages for decaf coffee or low-caffeine tea.
Move your body. Get an energy boost when you typically reach for caffeine by engaging in 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise.
While these small tips and lifestyle changes can help increase your fertility health, you may still need to seek help of our fertility specialists. Contact us today to get started!