Of course you want to get pregnant naturally – it’s easier, cheaper, and more fun! These natural fertility tips will increase your chances of getting pregnant; they’re from doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lorne Brown, B.Sc..
Brown is the Founder and Clinical Director of Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, BC. Here’s what one of his new moms says:
“After trying to conceive for 1.5 years, my husband and I went to the UBC Fertility Clinic. After many tests, I learned I wasn’t a candidate for in vitro fertilization (IVF) because of my low ovarian reserve,” says Jill. She and her husband decided to try Traditional Chinese Medicine and other natural ways to get pregnant; they conceived their baby after four months of treatments. She was 40 years old and pregnant for the first time! She says, “If you’re having similar infertility issues, my advice is to be open-minded and give acupuncture and Chinese herbs a go. What have you got to lose?”
Whether or not you’ve tried fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination, you might find meditation and visualition helpful for getting pregnant.
And, here are more tips for improving fertility naturally…
If You Want to Get Pregnant Naturally – From Car Seats to Lubes
Turn off your car seat warmer
Seat warmers are handy in the winter, but can affect sperm count, quality, and production. “Remember, sperm do not like too much heat,” says Brown, “Men are designed this way by having the testicles on the outside of the body, to help keep them slightly cooler than the rest of the body. Guys, keep the seat warmer off to improve your fertility naturally.” To protect sperm and get pregnant naturally, men should also avoid hot tubs and working with their computer laptop on their lap.
Use natural lubricants to get increase pregnancy chances
A study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has shown that many lubricants are toxic to sperm. If you want to get pregnant naturally, make sure you use a sperm friendly lubricant; Pre-Seed Lubricant has been shown not only to be sperm friendly, but also help with sperm motility.
Start trying to get pregnant five days before ovulation
The egg begins to degenerate immediately after ovulation, unless it’s fertilized by a sperm. It is good practice to have intercourse a few days leading up to ovulation. That way, when ovulation occurs, the sperm are already ready and waiting to fertilize the egg. Although it only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg, all the other sperm help that single sperm to make it through. It’s a team effort! If you want to get pregnant naturally, learn about the different ways to predict ovulation.
Correct hormonal imbalances for natural fertility
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can improve fertility naturally, especially if you’re coping with infertility due to hormonal imbalances. For example, acupuncture is suitable for women wanting to normalize their follice stimulating hormone (FSH) levels – and this can even make them a better candidate for an in vitro fertilization or IVF cycle. Brown adds that some women have uterine linings that don’t thicken properly; acupuncture and herbal medicine may be quite effective in helping the lining to increase in thickness….which will help you get pregnant naturally.
Consider Traditional Chinese Medicine for “unexplained infertility”
About a third of couples coping with infertility don’t know why they can’t get pregnant – and either do their doctors or fertility specialists. “There is usually a Traditional Chinese Medicine explanation for ‘unexplained infertility,’” says Brown, “as well as a treatment plan that makes sense from the natural perception of the human body.” If you can’t get pregnant because of “unexplained infertility”, it might be worthwhile to at least talk to a naturopathic doctor about possible treatments. Naturopaths can offer fertility tips to help you get pregnant.
Nurture your mind, body, and soul for natural fertility
You can’t be positive about these natural fertility tips – or any aspect of life – if you feel physically, emotionally, or spiritually exhuasted. Take time to nurture yourself: read an inspiring book, have a massage, go to the spa, keep a journal, garden, pamper yourself with a bubble bath with candles and music, or have a walk in nature. Take time each day to meditate and connect to what’s important to you, and think about the things you’re grateful for.
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