Fertility advice from Zita West, Midwife and Fertility Expert

January 25, 2012 in Baby tips


Zita West

Zita West, Midwife and Fertility Expert at The Zita West Clinic shares her tips for maximising your chances of conceiving.

I see women who are at all stages of planning a family, whether they just want to plan ahead or have problems they need to overcome. I’m there to provide them with as much, or as little, help as they may need. This is why I’ve partnered with First Response to develop pinktimeline.com, which helps couples who are trying for a baby.

As a midwife I find it’s the ‘two-week wait’, the time between ovulation and when a woman can test, that can cause a lot of stress. It’s hard not to get caught up with the excitement that you may be pregnant but there are also many questions women ask and want answered during that time. What they should and shouldn’t do; what they can and they can’t do. A lot of these questions are based around lifestyle and what changes they need to make. Very often it’s not huge changes, it’s little steps that can make a difference:


My ultimate piece of advice is to ensure there are four key food groups in your diet; protein, fats, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Eat a good breakfast such as porridge, which is a slow releasing carbohydrate, or a protein such as poached eggs with wholemeal bread. This ensures that your blood sugar levels are balanced. At lunch try and substitute white bread for wholemeal bread and add some extra healthy fillings such as avocado. Another important point about your diet is that it’s important to maintain a healthy body weight; being overweight or underweight may impact on your fertility.


I often get asked during the ‘two-week wait’ (when a woman doesn’t know whether she is pregnant or not), “How much exercise can I do?” and the answer is nothing too strenuous, but gentle exercises for around thirty minutes a day such as yoga or brisk walking can be vey beneficial to the body. Exercise is great for stress relief; it helps the body to release endorphins, which are the body’s feel good hormones. It also helps with blood flow to the reproductive organs. Thirty minutes a day can be really beneficial.


Everyday stresses of life can make you feel very anxious and out of control. There are many things you can do to help combat your stress levels, such as visualisation and relaxation techniques. With visualisation and relaxation I suggest you take yourself to a quiet spot that is uninterrupted, turn off your mobile phone, close your eyes and start to take yourself to a place that you enjoy; a beach, a garden and start to count down through your body from your head right the way down to your toes. This can be done for twenty minutes a day and puts you into a deep relaxed space – it re-energises you and the beauty of it is you can do it wherever you are.

Fertility Costs

Fertility can be costly for many couples. To help you embark on the journey, pinktimeline.com has a fundraising resource to help you raise funds for associated costs that can come with trying for a baby. Couples can create a private fundraising page to share with family and friends, at their discretion, to raise funds for specialty consultations, fertility treatments or even to set up a nursery. The first 100 couples to create fundraising pages will also receive a £50 contribution from First Response to get them started.

Visit Pinktimeline.com for details on what is happening to a woman’s body during the fertility process, including Zita’s tips for staying healthy and relaxed. There is even a forum where women can connect with others who are also waiting to test. After testing, there is also a results page with next step advice from Zita.