Increase Your Fertility
The dream of motherhood is not always the easy, blissful, or idealistic journey you may have imagined it to be. That twinkle in your eye may take much longer to realize than many parents initially thought. It’s easy to get down when enduring such a circumstance, but it’s important to remember not to blame yourself or internalize the possible negative, and often incomprehensible, feelings.
“Honor your womanhood, your intuition, and your feminine energy, and you will create your optimum level of health and well-being, thus allowing you to conceive and bring a healthy baby to term. You are a fertile spirit. You are the goddess of fertility,” says Ian Wahl DAc, LAc, CH, who specializes in women’s health and reproductive wellness and is the founder and director of both the Wahls of Wellness and the Natural Fertility Health Centers.
Dr. Wahl gives several ways that women can increase their chances of getting pregnant:
Healthy Body Means Healthy Baby
A diet high in saturated fats and refined sugar is not ideal for a healthy reproductive system. Maintaining a healthy diet of fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and meats could create a healthy body and increase your chances of conceiving.
Eliminate the Toxins
Quit smoking, stop drinking, and avoid recreational drugs. “Smoking and drinking affects ovulation and fallopian tube functioning making it more difficult to get pregnant or stay pregnant,” says Dr. Wahl. In addition, these harmful toxins could negatively affect a growing fetus.
When It's Time, It's Time
Dr. Wahl stresses the importance of knowing your ovulation cycle. He explains, “You can’t get pregnant naturally if you don’t make love at the right time during your cycle. About 20 percent of women know they are ovulating when they get a twinge of pain or a series of cramps... this is thought to be caused by the release of an egg from the ovary.” If you don’t know when you ovulate, Dr. Wahl suggests buying an ovulation kit. “They’re inexpensive and quite accurate,” he says.
In the Words of Freddie Mercury, Too Much Love
Dr. Wahl explains, “While it is true you can get pregnant during your ovulation cycle, excessive lovemaking during ovulation is counterproductive.” Male resources are not plentiful and inexhaustible. As a result, too much sexual activity at the wrong time will ensure failure when the time is right. Dr. Wahl advises to make love every other day starting on day 10 until day 20 for women with regular 28-day cycles.
Relaxation is Key
There are many things that can add stress to your life. However, experts agree that reducing stress is essential when trying to conceive. High stress levels signal the pituitary gland, which causes the slow release of the luteinizing hormone, a hormone necessary for ovulation. A shortage of luteinizing could lower the level of progesterone, which is necessary to nourish and sustain an embryo’s implantation.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
For couples who have been trying to conceive for a year, Dr. Wahl recommends consulting a fertility acupuncturist. Natural Fertility Health Centers employ state-licensed, board certified acupuncturists and herbalists, trained in reproductive Oriental medicine. They have shown to improve fertility rates. Visit naturalfertilityhealthcenters.com for more information.