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Dr. George Ioannidis
CONSULTANT OBSTETRICIAN & GYNAECOLOGIST
FERTILITY AND IVF SPECIALIST

Director GONIMOTIS Reproductive Centre
v. Scientific Director Institute of LIFE MHTERA Hospital IVF Unit

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CONSULTANT OBSTETRICIAN & GYNAECOLOGIST
FETAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST

Scientific Director GONIMOTIS Ultrasound Centre
Scientific Collaborator MHTERA Hospital Fetal Medicine Unit.

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Fertility

Health before pregnancy

Both of you must adopt a healthy lifestyle before starting to try to achieve pregnancy:

  • Make sure you eat healthy: A balanced diet is important for your overall health (make sure you include lots of green vegetables because they contain folic acid),

 

  • Maintain a healthy weight: If you are significantly overweight or underweight, your chance of becoming pregnant may be adversely affected. Very often it is enough to reduce your body weight by 5% to greatly improve your fertility,

 

  • Stop smoking and / or the use of drugs: There are strong indications that female smokers not only have reduced fertility but also have a higher rate of miscarriage. Smoking during pregnancy has a negative effect on the baby’s development and may be the cause of many childhood illnesses,

 

  • Consu;e alcohol in moderation: The World Health Organization recommends no more than two drinks a week to couples trying to conceive. The effect of alcohol on the woman’s reproductive system is unknown. In men, however, it is shown to affect sperm production,

 

  • Exercise regularly: Walking and moderate exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

  • Reduce caffeine: High caffeine consumption (over two cups a day) has been associated with female infertility, although this is not fully established. You should know that caffeine is present in black tea, cola drinks and chocolates.