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Modern Medicine: Fertility Resolutions for the New Year

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Panama City, Fla. -

If you're trying to get pregnant in 2013, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.  Dr. Justo Maqueira from Emerald Coast OBGYN breaks down some resolutions to ramp up fertility.

"Anything you can do to reduce stress, reduce weight, clean up the diet," suggests Dr. Maqueira.

He says exercise is important not only for weight control, but also to help with sleep. 

He says studies show that obesity can contribute to infertility. 

"Some recent studies have shown that some trans-fats can also reduce fertility by decreasing ovulation rates," Dr. Maqueira explains.

Dr. Maqueira also recommends starting prenatal vitamins three months before trying to get pregnant.  Another resolution you'll want to make...stop smoking.

"Smoking is extremely bad for fertility and for the pregnancy.  You need to stop smoking and get help if you need to stop smoking," he says.

Reducing caffeine is also a goal you'll want to have.

According to Dr. Maqueira, "All of this is extremely important for fertility, or if you need in vitro fertilization, it will increase the success rate of in vitro. "

Dr. Maqueira advises that if you are under 35 and have been trying to conceive for a year with no success, see a doctor.  If you're 35 or older, only wait 6 months before seeking help.