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Home Remedies to Boost Fertility

Suffering from infertility? These home remedies to boost fertility may be just what you need to finally get pregnant.
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If you are a woman suffering from infertility, the pain can be excruciating. If you want nothing more than to have a baby, but are struggling to get pregnant, you may benefit from the use of home remedies to boost fertility. Consult with your doctor to determine if the following home remedies for fertility can increase your chances at getting pregnant.

Infertility is an issue that is on the rise in modern society. Women are waiting longer to have children, which can influence the difficulty in getting pregnant. Age is not the only factor that can influence fertility rates, however. Health problems, past health issues, nutrition, weight, stress, and hundreds of other factors can also influence a woman's chances of getting pregnant. If you have been trying to get pregnant for several months without success, you may benefit from the implementation of these home remedies to boost fertility.

Note: Always check with a qualified health professional before adding any extreme changes to your routine. Ask your doctor for a fertility test for both you and your partner before trying any remedies to eliminate any medical issues that may be causing your infertility. However, if there is no other medical reason for your infertility, the following home remedies for fertility may increase your chances of conceiving.

Home Remedies to Reverse Infertility

Women who are otherwise healthy and still struggling to get pregnant may wonder why they are unable to conceive. If all other medical reasons have been ruled out, and there are no problems on your partner's end, the following natural home remedies for infertility have been found to be effective at reversing infertility.

Improve Your Diet

The modern American diet is extremely unhealthy. Our diets are full of fast foods, sugar, processed grains, and a whole host of chemicals that were not designed for human consumption. Many of our processed foods have added ingredients like gypsum and sawdust to increase distribution of foods without dramatically increasing costs. Since the human body was not designed to eat wood and rocks, it is pretty obvious that an unhealthy diet could interfere with conception.

Take these steps to improve your diet while trying to conceive:

Eliminate processed foods: Sugar, grains, starches, and other processed foods are not healthy enough to nutritionally support both you and your baby. If you are extremely low in nutrients, your body may be preventing you from getting pregnant because it knows you could not have a healthy pregnancy. Instead, look for nutrient-rich foods, mainly vegetables and high-quality protein, to replace empty calories.

Increase fat consumption: If you are eating the wrong kinds of fat it could be causing fertility problems. Many women eat far too little fat to sustain a healthy pregnancy thanks to misguided nutrition guidelines regarding what makes a healthy diet. We have been conditioned to think that fats are bad, regardless of their form, which is misguided. In reality, our body depends on healthy fats to function properly, particularly for efficient brain function. Babies require a huge amount of fat to grow both in and out of the womb, and without a foundation of fat, your body could be preventing pregnancy. Increase your fat consumption to 40 or 50 percent of your daily diet, but make sure it is from healthy sources, like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, animal fat, nuts, and grass-fed meats. Avoid trans fats altogether and stay away from processed oils and vegetable fats, which are heavily processed and often rancid.

Increase vegetable intake: You need massive amounts of nutrients to support a healthy baby. If you are low in nutrients, even if you do get pregnant, your health will suffer because your body prioritizes nutrients for the growing baby, stealing it from your nutrient stores and particularly the bones. Eat as many leafy green vegetables as you can which are high in B vitamins, iron, and calcium, which are all essential for a healthy pregnancy.

Eat more protein: Protein should be your second-largest nutrient category. Protein is essential for a healthy body, and far too many women get way less protein daily than they need. A diet high enough in protein can even minimize the risk of a few common pregnancy complications. Eat a serving of protein the size of your fist at every meal while trying to get pregnant.

Gain or Lose Weight

If you do not have a healthy weight, it could be interfering with your ability to get pregnant. Overweight women may have issues getting pregnant because your heart may not be able to take the increased blood volume that comes with pregnancy. Underweight women may not be able to provide enough nutrients and fat to help a baby grow. Sometimes losing or gaining weight is all that is needed to get pregnant. If your BMI is lower or higher than it should be (lower than 18 percent or higher than 28 percent), take steps to optimize your weight and your chances of getting pregnant will increase.

Quit Unhealthy Habits

Unhealthy habits, such as binge drinking, smoking, taking medications, or high exposure to chemicals can all interfere with fertility. If you want to get pregnant, stop these unhealthy habits right away. Relax In some cases, a high level of stress can prevent pregnancy even if both partners are otherwise completely healthy. Stress can interfere with fertility on both the man and woman's side, so work with your partner to let go of excess stress. Don't worry so much about ovulation times or how long it has been since you started trying to get pregnant. Have fun and take steps to recover from the daily stress of work and life.

Easy Ways to De-stress

 

  • Take a warm bath
  • Get a massage
  • Read a book aloud with your partner
  • Try silly activities
  • Laugh
  • Spend time each night relaxing together and doing nothing
  • Drink hot tea (red raspberry leaf, red clover, and nettle tea can also boost fertility)
  • Get outside in the sun

Exercise Regularly

Many women find it difficult to squeeze in exercise, particularly if you already have kids. However, regular exercise is beneficial for fertility (although too much can prevent pregnancy). Try engaging in yoga, running, weight lifting, biking, and other simple exercise activities at least three times a week. Sleep More Women who don't get enough sleep often suffer from a hormone imbalance. This can cause problems in several areas, including fertility. Women who have low levels of melatonin and serotonin (caused by lack of sleep) have a shorter window between ovulation and menstruation, which can lower the chances of getting pregnant. Try to sleep at least eight hours a night (many women need up to 10 hours per night) and optimize your bedroom for sleep by making it dark, cool, and comfortable.

Eat the Right Nutrients

Your body requires the same nutrients during pregnancy as before, just in larger amounts. If you are deficient in certain nutrients it could influence fertility. The following nutrients are crucial during pregnancy and while trying to conceive:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • B vitamins
  • Omega 3

Herbs for Infertility

Traditional medicine and midwives have used herbs to increase fertility for thousands of years. Certain herbs are linked with boosting fertility in women (and a few can help men as well). Some of these herbs are safe to take while trying to conceive, but once you are pregnant, they are no longer considered safe. Never take any herbal supplements without the recommendation of a qualified health professional such as an obstetrician or midwife.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red raspberry leaf tea is strongly linked with boosting uterine health both before and during pregnancy (some midwives suggest not taking it during the first trimester of pregnancy). Raspberry leaf, not to be confused with raspberry tea, strengthens the uterus, is high in calcium, and many women claim it shortens the duration of labor (although it may increase intensity).

Alfalfa

Taken in capsule form, alfalfa is high in many of the nutrients women need to get pregnant and produce a healthy baby. Alfalfa contains vitamins K, E, D, and A.

Red Clover

Red clover is used to balance female hormones, while trying to conceive or trying to regulate the menstrual cycle. Red clover is high in trace minerals and vitamins. Maca Maca is an herb used around the world to boost fertility in both women and men. Maca should not be taken during pregnancy or in the luteal phase.

Chasteberry

Chasteberry is such a beneficial herb for women that its very name was based on attributes commonly associated with women. Chasteberries raises progesterone levels, lengthens the time between ovulation and menstruation, and lowers prolactin levels. This combination is powerful in boosting fertility for women.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil improves cervical mucus and is used to bring on labor late in pregnancy (but it should not be taken before the third trimester). Improving the quality of cervical mucus makes it easier for conception and increases chances of pregnancy.

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is commonly thought of as an herb for men, but women who may be too high in testosterone can benefit from taking saw palmetto, which works to reduce excess levels of harmful testosterone in both women and men. Saw palmetto should not be taken during pregnancy.

Fennel

Fennel helps regulate female hormones and boosts estrogen levels. Fennel should not be taken during pregnancy, but it can boost your chances of getting pregnant.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai is a traditional herbal remedy that has been used for thousands of years to support the female reproductive system. Dong Quai is typically used to regulate cycles, reduce the pain of menstruation, and boosts circulation to the uterus. Dong Quai should not be taken after ovulation, as it may also trigger menstruation. However, when taken in the first half of the cycle it can work to boost overall fertility.

Home Remedies Can Improve Fertility

If you have been trying to get pregnant for several months without success, there could be something preventing you from getting pregnant. After ruling out more serious complications, talk to your doctor about trying these home remedies that boost fertility. You may be surprised at how much these methods increase your chances of conceiving!

Sources


http://wellnessmama.com/1326/get-pregnant-naturally/

http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/tc/fertility-problems-home-treatment

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