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particular, turn to complementary therapies when trying for a baby. If you are under 35 and have been trying for Acupuncture is particularly popular. Sadly a baby for a year or more, it’s time to have a there’s no reliable evidence to prove that this chat about it with your GP. or any other complementary therapy can Your GP can check you are ovulating make you more fertile. But that doesn’t regularly and will also organise a sperm test mean you shouldn’t try them. ‘If it makes for your partner. If they find problems, they you feel better and helps you cope more will probably refer you to a fertility clinic. easily, then it’s clearly all to the good,’ says The good news for couples experiencing Helen Kendrew. difficulties is that there are more infertility Some couples find fertility kits treatments available than ever before and that pinpoint ovulation helpful. These are success rates are going up. Men in particular available in most chemists but can be can benefit from new procedures such as expensive, especially if you find yourself ICSI (intracytoplasmicsperm injection) having to make repeat purchases. You where the sperm is injected directly into can also get sperm test kits to use the egg rather than mixing it with at home for around £20. ‘People eggs in a dish, as happens with IVF. FACT AS LONG AS A like to feel proactive, but the But wherever you are on your WOMAN IS problem with these kits is that baby-making journey, fertility OVULATING, THERE experts agree that, if you leave it they are not always reliable,’ IS A CHANCE says Helen. ‘You may find you’re too late, you run a real risk of SHE CAN better off seeing your GP.’ losing out. ‘Don’t be lulled into a CONCEIVE Zinc, a mineral found in many false sense of security by all those foods including red meat, pulses celebrities having babies well into and dairy products, is thought to be their 40s,’ warns Helen. ‘The truth is that important for both male and female fertility. lots of those babies will have been conceived Researchers are currently also looking using eggs donated by much younger women. into the possibility that taking supplements ‘My advice, especially if you are the wrong of vitamins C and E can help to prevent side of 35, is don’t get too obsessed with damage to sperm. In the meantime, eating a ovulation. Just make sure you are having varied diet that’s rich in vitamins and regular sex two or three times a week and minerals will guarantee that you are getting hopefully nature will take its course. In all the nutrients you need. other words, get on with it!’ ✱ HELP FROM THE EXPERTS GIVE YOURSELF A NATURAL BOOST Get physical Taking regular exercise will help you to maintain a healthy weight, reduce your stress levels and promote better sleep. Eat healthily A healthy, balanced diet will help ensure that your body is ready for pregnancy and, for men, will help sperm production. Drink sensibly WORDS: MARTINE GALLIE | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES Sticking to a maximum of two to three units of alcohol a day for women and three to four units a day for men will help keep you and your partner fit and fertile. Quit smoking – now! Avoid stress Smoking increases your risk of fertility problems and miscarriage. Too much stress can affect your relationship – make time to relax and enjoy life with your partner. Don’t do drugs Some illegal drugs, such as cocaine and marijuana, are known to have a harmful effect on fertility. JUNE 2011 | 153

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011

Editor’s letter
Hello from Lorraine
Notebook news
Update your calendar
Mum’s the word
In the shade
Beach baggage
Pick a straw
Foot fever
Be bold
Beach chic
Vintage veterans
Celebrity style
Up close and personal
Steal Lorraine's style
Lorraine and friends
Happy hiker
Birth order
Going the distance
Intimacy in numbers
Tales of triumph
Breaking up
Splits in the spotlight
Skill savvy
Bucket list
Serious saving
Big days
Notorious nuptials
In the know
Treat your feet
Drink up
Time of the month
Conception made clear
Manage your menopause
The big C
Battling the blues
Skinny stars
Health hotlist
The new atkins
Sumptuous Summer
Stop fussing
Gym bunny
Hot to trot
Crystal clear
Stop the clock
Dimple doom
Forever young
Make-up made easy
Polish perfect
Luscious locks
Fix it
Dental dos
Banish that blemish
Shopping for baby
Size 20 at seven
Indian spice
Exotic Indonesia
Lone traveller
Offshore weddings
Summer makeover
Room revamp
Keep cosy
Feeling board?
Coming soon
Craft savvy
Guilty pleasure
Rock that frock
Book corner
Final countdown
TRAVEL - Celeb campers
TRAVEL - Camp it up
TRAVEL - We love it
TRAVEL - Little britain
TRAVEL - Holiday lodges
TRAVEL - Quirky places to stay
TRAVEL - Transport yourself
TRAVEL - Best days out
TRAVEL - A brit special
PETS - Star pooches
PETS - Pet products
PETS - Make the right choice
PETS - Caring for your animal
PETS - Feeding time
PETS - When pets get poorly
PETS - time to shift some weight
PETS - Me and my beloved pet
PETS - Animal rescue
PETS - What a picture!
CAREERS - Lorraine's career path
CAREERS - Beauty and brains
CAREERS - C'est chic
CAREERS - Girls at work
CAREERS - Just the job!
CAREERS - Go out and get it
CAREERS - Pick and choose

AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011