Pregnancy and having a baby is a very special time for most couples, but it can be very stressful if you are struggling to conceive. Medications and fertility treatments can be expensive and not very ideal for many parents, but the good news is, there are plenty of ways you can boost your fertility naturally. If you are trying to conceive and struggling, try some of these tips and tricks.
Moniter your Fertility
The first step to increasing your fertility is to moniter when you are most fertile. One of the most common reasons women struggle to get pregnant is because they are attempting when the woman is not yet ovulating. There are many ways to monitor your fertility. You can moniter your basal body temperature to determine exactly when you are ovulating. The best time to have intercourse is just before the egg is released. It’s also a good idea to start a fertility calendar to determine when the time is right.
What to Eat
When trying to become pregnant, it is important to follow a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables for both future mom and future dad. A healthy diet can play a huge role in your body’s fertility by nourishing your reproductive system and regulating your hormones. Certain vitamins and minerals can be especially important in reproduction. Folic acid is known to help fertility in women. Vitamin C and antioxidants reduce stress on the reproductive system and eggs, as well as increasing sperm motility and preventing sperm defects. Calcium and vitamin D increase male fertility. Foods rich in Iron like leafy green vegetables and dried fruits are also important to prevent ovulation problems in women.
What to Avoid
Along with eating right, it is also important to avoid certain things to increase your chances of conceiving. Don’t drink alcohol while trying to become pregnant as it can cut your fertility levels in half. It can also decrease sperm count in men. Avoiding caffeine can also boost your fertility. Even one cup of coffee can reduce your fertility levels by 50%. It is also important to avoid xenoestrogens, which are estogrens that are found in pesticides and chemicals in the environment. Produce with high levels of pesticides can cause imbalanced hormones which are related to fertility problems. If you are a smoker, quit smoking using a natural-based herbal remedy instead of a nicotine based replacement.
It is crucial to maintain a healthy weight to keep hormone levels normal, as being over or under weight can stunt fertility. Exercise can increase your fertility by helping you maintain a healthy body weight and keeping the body healthy and fit. Be careful not to over do it though, as fertility can actually be decreased by excessive exercise. Simple daily excersizes like jogging, walking, and cycling work great.
Reduce your Stress
Your mind state can play a big role in fertility as well. You can increase your chances of conception by reducing your stress. There are many ways to do this. Try getting a massage, meditating, or listening to calming music. You can also do yoga, acupuncture, or even take a relaxing walk at the end of the day.
There are many natural herbal remedies that can help with fertility. These herbs have been used for thousands of years to help couples get pregnant and have a positive impact on sex drive, reproductive organs, and hormones. Chasteberry is an herb that stimulates the pituitary gland which produces hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Dong Quai is an herb used in China that helps balance estrogen levels and improves chances of conception. You can also try Black Cohosh, which can help function of the hormones and prevent miscarriages. Always speak to a naturopath or doctor before taking herbal supplements.
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Naomi Esterly is a stay-at-home mom to two rambunctious, yet adorable, littles boys. In her spare time she balances writing freelance for 1800wheelchair.com and coaching her community’s little league. In this post she shares ways on how to conceive naturally.
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