Natural Fertility Boosters

Increasing Fertility

Natural Fertility Boosters

One of the best ways to help increase your chances of pregnancy is by gifting your body with natural fertility boosters. Certainly with trying to become pregnant comes the realization that it is your job to prepare your body for this wonderful event so that you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Creating a new life with your body is nothing short of a miracle. While acknowledging there are many factors beyond your control, remember to focus your thoughts and energy on the things of which you have the power to influence; such as what you put in your body. For women trying to conceive the old saying “you are what you eat,” carries even more weight; in both a figurative and literal sense. There are no short-cuts here and it’s important for you to lay down the right nutritional reserves to feed your baby with.

Find a Local Fertility Expert

Although many women have this checked off already, it’s worth mentioning first that if you’re experiencing infertility it’s a good idea to visit your doctor. Remember if at all possible – try and check out at least a few different OB/GYN, fertility doctors, or specialists. Yes it can be a hassle and exhausting but it will help you be able to compare and contrast things you hear and level of service and attention you get. Ultimately it will help you make the most educated decision and one you’re also comfortable with when choosing a health expert to rely on. Note that although you may think to have an “online PhD” in fertility or pregnancy, you are only 1 person and health professionals work with many women, oh and they have a real degree that they spent most of their life working to attain. Apart from the usual stuff you already know – to give up smoking, alcohol and caffeine intake, you can talk to your doctor about your diet, lifestyle, exercise and supplements to take as well as address any concerns you may have. Questions are good, it may also help to jot them down somewhere before your visit.

Fertility Boost with Water

Depending on your geographical location it may or may not be safe to consume water from the tap. Regardless of where you are in the world, if you have tap water and the financial means, now is an excellent time to be looking at a good water filter. Keeping your body hydrated is underrated for how much benefit it can provide and influence it has on one’s overall health. Even more so for hopeful or expectant mothers, you want to be ensuring that you and your baby have access to water that is clean, fresh, and lead-free.

Fertility Boost with Food

Before and during pregnancy, you’ll find different opinions about what is more important at this time – calories or nutritional value. Certainly eating nutrient-dense foods is a healthy way of ensuring you don’t pack the calories on. It’s okay to indulge every now and then but do your best to be responsible. Try mixing it up some to appease your tastebuds which you may find to be going on strike with your food selection norms.

These foods include unprocessed whole grains, legumes(peas), lean meat, eggs, seafood, poultry and plenty of organically grown fruit and vegetables.

Soy Up to Combat BPA

Many products in the fertility and pregancy markets you’ll see the “BPA-free” prominently labeled. BPA is not among the ingredients your body needs or wants to make a new life, it’s more or less one of the enemies. Avoid eating ready-cooked meats stored in plastic containers or drinking water from plastic bottles. Bisphenol A (BPA), as it is commonly known is found in plastic water bottles, can linings as well as in plastic food containers. There is plenty of research out there on this toxin linking it to issues surrounding infertility.

One interesting research study conducted on women who had undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF), cross referenced BPA levels in relation to the amount of soy in the women’s diets. Those women who never included soy foods in their diet had higher BPA levels, fewer pregnancies, and less births where the infant was born alive than those with a soy-rich diet. There are some on the opposing side whom argue that too much soy jacks the estrogen levels up too high. The evidence from the study however, is fairly conclusive that a soy-rich diet can offset BPA’s adverse effects on fertility and play an important role in protecting women against problems associated with becoming pregnant.

Grow Your Own Small Garden

We don’t all live on farms, but if you have a small patch of earth available to you, consider growing an edible garden. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just wander into your garden and eat some tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, beans and peas whenever you wish? Not only will you be filled with satisfaction and contentment – essential feelings for conceiving – by eating this freshly grown produce. You’ll be healthy, wealthier and wiser, a strong life balance in your activities can certainly help you bring a fighting-fit baby into this world.

Prenatal Vitamins & Supplements

Eating healthy all the time is easier said than done. Prenatal vitamins are definitely something worth committing to and taking daily for a strong boost in your fertility. Give your body a nutrient-dense diet chocked full of the stuff your body loves and needs like vitamin A, the B vitamins, vitamin C, D, E, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. What you eat affects everything about you, not only your fertility or in pregnancy, but throughout your entire life. Even if you are eating a balanced diet, it is still important to take prenatal vitamins. Think of it like building a playground or nest for your baby, you want the environment to be nurturing and welcoming. By taking good care of yourself you’ll start to notice how great you’re feeling and how much energy you have.

Here are some natural fertility boosters that do your body good and are also commonly found in many prenatal vitamin supplements –

  • Folic acid – apart from eating foods rich in folic acid such as citrus fruits and vegetables such as broccoli and spinach which are rich in folic acid, you should also be taking about 400-600 mg of folic acid daily. This will ensure a healthy pregnancy and also decrease the risk of birth defects.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – the importance of omega 3 can’t be overstated in your diet before conception. Our bodies don’t synthesize these fatty acids and we need to get them through supplementation. Omega 3s are excellent for the baby’s brain development, to reduce inflammation in the body, for heart and joint health, and even for your largest organ -your skin, so that your skin cells can be on their best defense.
  • Vitamins C, D and E are all important as they help with the absorption of other vitamins. For instance Vitamin C aids with iron and calcium absorption while vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D and magnesium are also necessary for the absorption of calcium.

During Pregnancy

  • From week 13 to 28 – this is the time in your pregnancy to start including orange foods such as carrots and sweet potato – foods rich in beta-carotene. The reason for this is that your baby’s eyes are developing their functional components and beta-carotene is of great benefit for eye health. Vitamin D, calcium and zinc are all important now as your immune system is low now and you can pick up colds and flu easily. Zinc and vitamin C are great for warding off colds and strengthening the immune system.
  • Weeks 29 – 40 – At 38 weeks it is amazing to know that your tiny tot is fully formed and it’s just the tiny lungs that are still developing and practicing with amniotic fluid for the real world. Selenium is a mineral known for healthy lungs. Be on the look out for good lung supporting foods such as tomatoes, fish and cranberries.

Post Pregnancy

Once your baby is born and you’re feeling tired and achy, a mineral such as copper will reduce inflammation and aches. Flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as well as all other edible seeds are rich sources of copper, but they are also rich in potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium and calcium.

After birth, you are no longer looking at a developing fetus, but a tiny baby who will no doubt be depending on your breast milk to meet their nutritional needs.

DHA for instance, known as docosahexaenoic acid becomes a building block of brain tissue which is imperative for your small baby as the DHA content of your baby’s brain will triple during their first 3 months of life. DHA levels in the breast milk tend to be low, and increasing these levels should be a primary goal while you’re breast-feeding and taking a supplement will supply the best source of omega 3 for your baby.

Even with a well planned diet, you can’t be 100% sure that you are getting all the nutrients required before, during and after pregnancy. Eating the right foods and also getting in the right kinds of supplements will ensure bright eyes and maybe even that “pregnancy glow” that everyone else seems to see while you feel the opposite.

Vitamin C for instance is a powerful anti-allergy vitamin and a promoter of a strong immune system. The health benefits of raw fruit and vegetables should never be underestimated when planning to conceive, during pregnancy and beyond. By incorporating a wide variety of raw fruits and vegetables into your diet, you can ensure optimal health for you and your baby.

By also including some of the important pregnancy supplements into your diet, you can be sure that you are doing the best for your baby but also for yourself – after all if you don’t do the best for yourself, your unborn baby won’t be given the best chance to be smart, happy, and full of life and vitality.

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