Too much knowledge can be a bad thing... I have spent a lot of time recently looking up pregnancy statistics on the internet and basically worrying myself with all the things I find:
I drink a lot of caffeine (and I mean a LOT) but it is part of my job (I work in drinks R&D) this will apparently deplete my chances of getting pregnant:
"One widely reported study found that taking in more than "moderate amounts" of caffeine can lower your likelihood of conceiving by as much as 27 per cent compared to women with low caffeine intakes (Hatch and Bracken 1993). Moderate amounts, in this case, were the equivalent of two cups of coffee a day or four cups of tea or five cans of cola, which works out at about 200 milligrams (mg). In this study, even modest consumption appeared to hinder conception, with women who drank only one to two cups daily lowering their chances of conceiving by 10 per cent."
I then found out that...
"There was a study published in the British Medical Journal that found that very lean women and very obese women (BMI >38) had lower conception rates. However, body fat distribution was found to have a greater impact. Women with a high waist-hip ratio had greater trouble conceiving -- so being shaped like an apple is not as good for conception as being shaped like a pear."
Thank goodness I am more pear than apple!
Add to this the fact that I just turned 30 and I'm trying to conceive with a man pushing 40 and my odds of a baby this year started looking bleak...
... Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, I got my period ;(