I’m 39 (40 in March) and I’ve been doing a few things in preparation for / during TTC…
Eating well as much as possible, but mainly limiting junk/processed foods, and eating out, rather than trying to restrict calories or incorporate any specific foods. But hey, none of us are perfect!
No caffeine (well, coffees and Coke Zero anyway, I still drink caffeinated tea).
No alcohol except in moderation during AF (so I abstain in the week leading up to ovulation and also during the TWW).
Supplements. So. many. supplements.
- A good prenatal - obviously, mainly for the folic acid.
- Evening Primrose Oil - it’s supposed (but not proven) to help improve the quality of cervical mucus. But I only take this from CD1 up to OD.
- LOTS of antioxidants - Ubiquinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
I’m not currently taking Vitamin D because I’d rather know I have a deficiency before I start to supplement given the risk of taking too much.
Also, I’m using up some Zinc supplements I had in the cupboard, but Zinc is supposed to help sperm quality more than female fertility. Maybe I should give them to SO, but he’s 32 so surely he doesn’t need any help!
This is quite a good evidence-based article about some of the supplements that support fertility:
If I stripped the supplements right back, I’d say Folic Acid and Ubiquinol are the most important ones.