Joanne Lee

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Womens Fertility Health

Womens Fertility Health

For some women conceiving is just as easy as stopping any contraceptive methods, but for others falling pregnant is not so easy. It can take time, planning and changing lifestyle habits. Additionally there is often a financial cost involved for some women to become capable of conceiving.

 

Are you having problems conceiving and wondering if you can become pregnant without resorting to a medical solution? While some couples must rely on the assistance of medical science to fall pregnant, many others have improved conception rates by making changes to their lifestyle, particularly their diet. It is certainly worthwhile trying the natural options first. Lifestyle changes which positively affect the ability to conceive are also improvements to overall health.

Ways To Get Pregnant Naturally

  • Complementary Therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Natural supplements, vitamins and minerals
  • Homeopathic remedies

 

There are many factors that may be preventing a natural conception. Here are a few that you may have overlooked.

Gluten Sensitivity

Some women may need to cut back on their bread intake, especially those with a gluten intolerance. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology revealed that women who have celiac disease, or those who are highly sensitive to gluten, are at higher risk of suffering from anemia, secondary amenorrhea and delayed menarche. This is because celiac disease can damage the small intestines which may result in the disruption of nutrient absorption from foods.

 

Unfortunately for some, this occurrence can significantly affect their ability to fall pregnant. Furthermore, the same study revealed that those who made a shift to a gluten-free diet were better able to have normal pregnancies.
If you suspect problems in this area, ask your doctor about being screened for a gluten intolerance.

Eat The Right Fats

A balanced diet is necessary for regulating hormones and for nourishing your entire reproductive system. Include foods that are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants which are helpful for reducing stress on the reproductive organs and egg cells. Cut back on your caffeine intake and avoid alcoholic drinks.

 

If you want to increase your chances of falling pregnant another important step is to include healthy fats in your diet and avoid trans fats. Trans fats have been linked to higher blood sugar and increased insulin levels in the blood. As trans fats affect your body’s ability to eliminate sugar from your blood stream, too much sugar in the blood can hurt your fertility rate. Too many trans fats consumed can also lead to higher inflammation rates which may disrupt your ability to ovulate and conceive and can also affect your baby’s development while still in the womb.

 

If you want to conceive naturally, make better food choices and avoid those taste treats such as chips, fries, doughnuts, cookies, cakes, pastries and other foods which contain the wrong fats. You can still consume fats and it’s important that you do. We all need fats to have health and vitality and even fertility! Therefore, opt for olives, avocados, fish and organic eggs. There are many healthy fats you can eat, so be more selective and only eat those foods which support your health and therefore ability to conceive.

Folate, Iron & Vitamin B

Folate is helpful for keeping your homocysteine levels within the normal range. Higher than normal levels of homocysteine may increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage and high blood pressure. Folate should be taken with Vitamin B if you want to improve your ability to conceive. (It is well-known for taking while you are pregnant, but it should be taken with Vitamin B beforehand.)

 

Additionally, folate, which is also referred to as folic acid is highly important for replicating DNA which is a process that occurs rapidly during pregnancy. This will be important of course once you do fall pregnant!

 

Dietary sources of folic acid include spinach, broccoli, beets, chickpeas, oranges and Romaine lettuce. Along with folate, you also need to keep up your body’s iron stores if you want to fall pregnant. A deficiency of iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia which can definitely harm your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

 

As much as possible source your iron from whole foods such as lean beef, lean pork, shrimp, hummus, leafy greens and eggs. Avoid supplements unless you unable to obtain you daily requirements from good food sources. The more you can prepare your body naturally, the better your chances of falling pregnant.

Fertility Reflexology

fertility reflexology

Fertility Reflexology balances the endocrine system and enhances and boosts natural fertility.

An increasing number of women claim to have been successful in being able to conceive with the help of fertility reflexology. Reflexology can be used as a complementary therapy for treating people with fertility problems by stimulating the reflex points on their feet. These reflex points are connected via meridians to inner organs and systems of the body. This includes the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well as the whole reproductive system.

 

Reflexology works also as a stress inhibitor. When specific reflex points on the feet are stimulated an individual begins to relax. This stimulation releases the endorphins which are known as the ‘feel-good’ hormones. Reflexology improves blood circulation and regulates the menstrual cycle by balancing the levels of a woman’s hormones. Reflexology has also been found effective for helping women who have endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS.

 

In 2019 myself and fellow therapist Julie Silver appeared on Media Sound Wave's show 'How To Help Fertility Naturally'' and discussed with host Heather Cassidy the work we do with our clients to help fertility both through holistic therapies and nutrition.

Keep A Healthy Weight

Being underweight or overweight can significantly impact your chances of falling pregnant. Women who are underweight, with a BMI that is lower than 19 kg/M2 are four times at risk of having difficulty conceiving compared to women of normal weight with a BMI of at least 19 to 24 kg/M2.

 

Those who are overweight may also experience difficulties in trying to fall pregnant as having excess fats in the body can mean an insulin resistance, even if you are not diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

 

A diet high in carbohydrates can pose problems regarding insulin functioning and can disrupt your menstruation cycle. Your estrogen hormones are produced from fat cells so it may cause problems in your ovaries, while perhaps preventing egg release on a regular monthly basis.

Homeopathic Remedies

German studies reveal that homeopathic remedies are effective in aiding fertility. Many women have problems with their hormones and the herb ‘Agnus castus’ has been used for centuries for balancing hormones. A clinical trial showed that women who were taking ‘Agnus castus’ were more likely to fall pregnant than those that didn’t. The herb helps relieve menstrual difficulties and aids problems with endometriosis and fibroid cysts of the uterus. There is also evidence from other studies which have shown that women were able to improve their ovulation after using other homeopathic treatments.

Yoga

Yoga has long been recognised as a wonderful means of relieving stress. Chronic stress is known to be a major contributing factor to many illnesses that affect people physically and mentally. Performing certain yoga poses will allow improved blood flow that is crucial for reproduction. For example improved blood flow to the hips, lower back, pelvis and groin areas give a boost to better gynecological functioning.
Yoga poses help connective tissues and tight muscles to relax and allows the mind to de-stress and provide a sense of calm. These are important factors for improving the ability to conceive.

 

Yoga sessions focus on breathing that enhances an individual’s natural healing capacity. Many times the body needs to be healed before it is healthy enough to be able to conceive. These activities are beneficial for both partners in a couple who have fertility problems. Yoga can help them become more empowered and increase their fertility as their mind and body are freed from the adverse effects of stress.

Fertility Treatments

There are several methods in mainstream medicine that can help women conceive or to increase their fertility. Probably the best known of these is the use of IVF or In-Vitro Fertilization. This procedure involves the eggs being removed from the ovaries and mixed with sperm in a laboratory culture dish. When fertilization has occurred the fertilized eggs or embryos are returned to the uterus. However the cost of this procedure is high and many women cannot afford this luxury, so alternative fertility treatments are often sought after.

 

Modern life places both physiological and psychological pressures on a mother or mother-to-be that were not present in times past. Diets based largely on highly processed and unnatural foods as well as the near-continual stresses of daily life are not conducive to simply and naturally falling pregnant.

If conception is a problem, take the time to review your lifestyle for possible areas that may impact upon yours or your partner’s fertility.

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