Trying to conceive? You’ve probably heard a lot about charting your ovulation with a basal body thermometer, and researched extensively on all the available reproductive technology. You may even be seeing a medical fertility specialist.
These are all great ways to boost your fertility, but it won’t hurt to incorporate a few holistic methods as well. You can use these to augment Western medicine and complement traditional approaches.
The right nutrition
Avoid or even quit cold turkey on over processed foods, sugar and caffeine. These eliminate the chemicals in the body that can throw off the hormonal balance. Get nutrients from organic produce, and a complete meal that includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.
Acupuncture can help make your uterine lining thicker. And get your partner to try it too, to improve the quality of the sperm. In fact some holistic fertility specialists recommend going through acupuncture treatments before having an IVF, to increase chances of successful implantation.
Sign up for yoga
Yoga is well known for lowering stress levels. But it can also boost reproductive health by encouraging blood flow to the reproductive organs and the muscles surrounding them, including those in the hip, lower back and groin area.
If you’re bored with yoga, try belly dancing, which help tone and strengthen the core muscles that help support your pelvis and reproductive organs.
Or consider any form of exercise. In fact doctors recommend exercise for women who are overweight, since obesity can lower chances of conceiving and lead to pregnancy complications.
Have a massage
Not only will t help you release all the stress and emotional ups and downs from trying to conceive, but massage in the abdominal area can help prep the uterus for pregnancy.
There is evidence that couples who took a stress management program during their second cycle of fertility treatment had a 160% improvement in their chances of getting pregnant.
See a chiropractor
A chiropractor can help correct nerve imbalances that could be contributing to your fertility problems. He will also be able to address common aches and pains caused by a misaligned spine.
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