Habits decreasing pregnancy chances

Habits decreasing pregnancy chances
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT/NBC) - The odds of getting pregnant automatically go down with age, but there are several daily habits that people may be doing to further hurt their chances of having a baby.

Dr. Faith Wittier said patients are sometimes, unknowingly, doing something wrong when trying to get pregnant. Other times, they know something is bad but they don't admit to the habit. She said smoking can cause an environment where babies have a greater mortality. There's morbidity and mortality in the pregnancy from smoking. She said a patient should tell their doctor everything, even healthy habits like exercising. Depending on the routine, if a woman wants to get pregnant a workout could come with a warning too.

"If you've been exercising, I mean we don't suggest that you sign up for crossfit at the start of your pregnancy, but if you've been exercising, we do encourage that because we think that it actually improves not only the pregnancy but also delivery," said Wittier.

Dr. Wittier said even though there's no proof laptops and cell phones lower sperm count or harm pregnant women, society's usage has outpaced the studies. Meaning it's better to keep it off the lap just to be sure there's no harm done. Likewise, she said it's better to be safe than sorry even though there's no proof chemicals in cleaning products or hair dye hurt your chances.

"Chemicals do have a negative impact on the pregnancy and so what I tell patients is again, go back to the safety stuff, put some gloves on.  If you're going to be around strong chemicals, wear a mask, things like that.  Try to avoid it. Avoidance," said Wittier.

Doctors said even after getting off of contraceptives, a patient may not become pregnant right away. They said the majority of women may take a year of trying after going off something like the pill.