Tips To Boost Fertility
It is estimated one in seven couples have problems conceiving a child and that in many of these cases no cause can be determined. It is in these cases that Naturopathic medicine can make a significant difference.
There are many factor that influence fertility, such as stress, diet, lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies as well as hormonal imbalances. Sometimes the only thing getting in the way of conceiving a child is stress, lower than normal levels of particular hormone or nutrient.
So if you’re trying to conceive here are some simple tips to help you succeed:
You can do this by finding time to do things you enjoy, such as getting together with your friends, playing a game of soccer or joining a yoga class. It’s also important to not put so much pressure on yourself to conceive. When our body senses stress our nervous and immune systems switch to survival mode, and when we’re in this mode conceiving a child is not favored. We’re too busy preparing our selves for the “flight or fight response.”
Ensure optimal nutrient status
Have your iron, ferritin, vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin D levels tested. These needs to be at optimal levels for conception and to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy.
Focus on a whole foods diet
Throw away any packaged, processed foods and focus on a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein. Your diet should include leafy green vegetables and/or brightly colored fruits and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, couscous, lean protein sources of nuts, seeds, beans, fish, organic, hormone free turkey/chicken and healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut oil. Avoid anything that has more than 6 ingredients listed on the label and anything you cannot pronounce
Address any hormonal imbalances
Hormonal imbalances, in particular estrogen/progesterone imbalances, play a large role in the inability to conceive as well as recurrent miscarriages. If you are currently experiencing symptoms of PMS, for example breast tenderness, irritability or sadness before your menstrual period, irregular menstrual periods or menstrual cramps you may have a progesterone/estrogen imbalance. I suggest you have this addressed with a Naturopathic Doctor knowledgeable in hormonal balancing, read my other hormone balancing blog posts and/or sign up for my happy hormones online program to learn how to effectively balance your hormones.
High quality prenatal vitamin and essential fatty acids
A high quality prenatal vitamin and essential fatty acids will help supply your body with the nutrients needed to promote a healthy conception and pregnancy. It recommend buying these from a Naturopathic Doctor or a reputable health food store to ensure quality. Avoid buying these supplements from a regular supermarket or pharmacy.
It is best to follow these tips for a minimum of 3 months.
Dr. Kristy Vermeulen, ND
Expertise in Fertility San Francisco