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Are your vices preventing you from becoming pregnant? Few Americans can count themselves "viceless." Whether it's having a glass or two of wine with dinner, or a midday cigarette break, or even a couple of cups of coffee to get going in the morning, the majority of us indulge in at least one less-than-healthy pleasure.

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And for the most part, the effects of that occasional indulgence are of little consequence. But for couples trying to achieve pregnancy, many of these lifestyle choices can make getting pregnant much more difficult.

"Achieving a healthy pregnancy is one of the most natural processes the human body goes through," says Dr Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, and a leading authority on reproductive medicine. "Yet, it is also one of the most complex and, at times, elusive. It's precisely because of the intricacy of the process, and the delicate balance of hormones and timing involved, that we need to take a hard look at lifestyle as a key factor in infertility," Dr Leondires adds.

Find out more about healthy habits to help you get pregnant.

Man up

Be sure to encourage your partner to take care of himself nutrition-wise, too! Zinc shortages in men have been linked to lower testosterone levels and sperm counts, so men should consume foods rich in zinc, such as lean meats, eggs, seafood and whole grains. Calcium and vitamin D may improve men's fertility, so drink your milk, Men!

For more TTC tips, read on here.

It’s up in the air

P&B poll: Do you ‘prop up’ your rear after lovemaking to help the lil' guys get to their destination?

No way, they know where they are going: 32%
Yes, for about five minutes to help them on their way: 16%
Yes, 10 minutes is as much as I can take: 9%
Yes, for 15 minutes... or until my feet fall asleep: 43%

More on folic acid

Only one-third of childbearing age women are taking a multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid daily to prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine in their future babies, according to the results of a decade of March of Dimes surveys.

"Folic acid must be part of women's daily diet. That's the best way we know to spare thousands of babies the risk of death or disability caused by neural tube defects," said Dr Jennifer L Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "The survey results show that despite our efforts and those of other organizations, two-thirds of women ages 18-45 are not taking all the necessary steps to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects. We need to increase the amount of folic acid in the grain supply and add it to corn flour. That way, women will get most of the folic acid they need through a healthy diet - without having to think about it -- and their babies will be safer."

For additional info on folic acid, check out this article.

In the know

The corpus luteum develops in the ovary and secretes progesterone, which is vital to maintain a uterine environment capable of supporting pregnancy. When the corpus luteum stops functioning, and if a fertilized ovum does not embed in the uterine lining and the placenta begins producing hormones of its own (meaning you're preggo), hormone levels quickly decrease and your period begins.

Click here to find out more about preconception planning and health!

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