Smoking – give it up
As well as affecting your general health, smoking lowers the chance of conceiving and can harm your unborn child. Evidence now shows that exposure to cigarette smoke in the womb can lower the fertility of your child later in life.
Alcohol – limit how much you drink
Research has shown that alcohol consumption at the time of conception increases the risk of early pregnancy loss. This is why the advice is not to drink at all. If you do choose to drink when trying to become pregnant then limit it to one or two glasses of wine, once or twice a week.
IBody weight – too much or too little can affect your fertility
Being underweight or overweight can reduce your fertility. For the best chance of conceiving, you should aim to have your body mass index (BMI) between 20 and 30.
Know your cycle
Women are most fertile during the days just before and during ovulation. If you have a regular 28-day cycle, count back 14 days from when you expect your next period to start. Plan on having sex every other day around that day - say days 12, 14, and 16..