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You’ve reached the point in your life where you’re ready to have a baby. It’s time. Now, all you have to do is get pregnant.
Not always. For some, getting pregnant takes time. Unfortunately it can become a stressful time with all the waiting, wondering, testing and retesting month after month. While there are certainly medical reasons couples can’t get pregnant, and plenty of medical options for those couples, pregnancy is a natural and common part of life. If it wasn’t, the human race wouldn’t even be here!
Every now and then, however, our bodies need a little help to do what we want it to do. Need to fight off a cold? A little zinc and some hot ginger and lemon tea will do the trick. Have a strained muscle? Ice and epsom salts will encourage your body to ease the strain.
Why not the same with getting pregnant? Encouraging your body to go down the fertility path could be as easy as a few dietary changes and some self care. Mama Natural offers some great tips to do just that.
Section 1. 1. Eat a Real Food Diet
Processed foods tax your system in unhealthy, unpredictable ways. Support your body by giving it the fuel it needs – real food! What does that mean? Eat what your great-great-grandmother ate. No more shopping down the grocery store aisles. Spend your time along the perimeter where the fresh fruits & veggies, meats, and cheeses are.
While you’re at it, eat full fat foods.
It is also a lesser known fact that low-fat dairy in your diet can increase your risk of ovulatory infertility. So be sure to eat full fat foods, especially dairy if you tolerate it, getting plenty of good nutrients from butter, cream, avocados, nuts/seeds, coconut oil, and other good fats to increase fertility. (source)
Section 2. 2. Reduce Stress
I know. Easier said than done, right? You have so much to do, so much going on, so much to take care of…etc. But, listen:
Stress is particularly deadly when it comes to fertility… it’s literally killing your odds because a stressed woman is not nature’s idea of a hospitable environment for a baby. Be sure to implement stress-reducing strategies in your life regularly. (source)
Yikes! When you’re stressed out, you’ve become an inhospitable environment for a baby! So, seriously, find a way to de-stress. Besides, you don’t want to get pregnant and bathe your precious unborn baby in all those awful stress hormones, do you?
Section 3. 3. Take Cod Liver Oil
If you’ve never heard of it, get familiar. It’s a great supplement to boost fertility AND nourish mama and baby once you’re pregnant.
Studies have shown that cod liver oil’s omega-3 fatty acids not only boost fertility but will support proper development of your baby after conception. Take it daily while trying to get pregnant and, also, once you are pregnant. The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends taking enough cod liver oil to equate to ~20,000 IU of Vitamin A daily. (source)
Section 4. 4. Acupuncture
If you’re a little skeptical about letting someone put tiny needles into your body, consider this:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back over two thousand years, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back more than five thousand years. (source)
Section 5. 5. Optimize Your Gut Health
Did you know that good bacteria balance is important for good vaginal health?
In fact, women with bacterial vaginosis have higher rates of miscarriages and are at risk for pre-term labor. In addition, BV triggers the release of pro-inflammatory agents that can significantly affect all phases of reproduction.
Surprisingly, bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in reproductive-aged women, according to the CDC, more so than vaginal yeast infections!
What helps to treat BV and inflammation? Good flora, particularly various lactobacilli strains. (source)
Consider adding naturally fermented, lacto-rich foods to your fertility boosting regimen – sauerkraut, kefir, lacto-fermented pickles, kimchi, etc. You can also try purchasing probiotics with lactobacilli strains.
Taking good care of yourself also means taking good care of your future baby’s first home, so keep that in mind as you take your first steps in this journey. If you’re looking for more tips, check out Mama Natural’s full list of fertility boosters.