Okay, you know we’ve all Googled or Pinterested this before, so I’ll make it easier for you and put it all in one place! I’m obviously not in the medical field, but these are tips and tricks that can help boost your fertility and chances of getting pregnant. In other words, here are some healthy habits to start now to naturally improve your health and increase your chance of conception. If you’re looking to get pregnant, struggling to get pregnant, or just want some health tips, keep reading!
When we think of castor oil, it’s hard not to think of the old wives’ tail of drinking it to induce labor (please don’t do that). Pure castor oil is excellent for topical use in reducing inflammation and increasing blood circulation. Here’s how to make a “pack” for targeted inflammation and blood circulation:
What You’ll Need-
- Pure Castor Oil
- Wool Cloth (or thin, clean cloth of your choice)
- Something to keep cloth in place (high-waisted leggings, pre-wrap, shape-ware/belly band)
- Heating Pad, Hot Water Bottle, or Rice Bag
- Soak cloth in castor oil for 10 minutes, or until fully saturated
- Place cloth on lower abdominal uterine area
- Bind firmly so that cloth stays put
- Place heating pad over top
- Leave on for 30 minutes- 1 hour
- Remove and rub in excess oil
The maca root contains tons of phytonutrients and minerals that target the endocrine system to aid in hormonal balance. Daily intake of ground maca can decrease blood pressure, increase mental clarity, and even boost libido. My recipe for an energy-boosting superfood shake is an excellent way to incorporate some of these fertility superfoods into your diet.
Cut the Sugar
Sugar=inflammation and weight gain. Keep your body balanced by sticking to natural sugars and getting rid of hidden, refined sugar. Use pure stevia or low-glycemic sugar sources like honey, agave, or molasses.
Lower Caffeine Intake
Caffeine can increase physical and emotional feelings of anxiety, which isn’t great breeding ground for conception. Limit your intake to just a cup or 2 a day. It’s good practice for weaning off caffeine if you become pregnant.
This drink is full of anti-inflammatory goodness, which is great for fertility and menstruation. If you struggle with uterine inflammation such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or even severe menstrual cramps, this may be helpful to add to your routine. There are other variations of this recipe that you can find, but I like this one best:
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ginger (ground or grated)
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 cup Hot Water
- 1/4 cup Dairy Free Milk (I use Silk’s Protein Almond & Cashew Nutmilk for low sugar and extra protein)
*Blend all ingredients together in blender and enjoy at any time of the day.
Raspberry leaves are packed with tannins that help to tone and tighten the uterus. Drink on a daily basis to prepare a healthy environment for baby, and to help prep for labor later on. Since it’s an herbal tea, it doesn’t have any caffeine, so you’re free to drink it right before bed.
Exercise With Yoga & Pilates
Yoga and Pilates not only help you gain strength, stability, and flexibility, they’re also incredibly relaxing. After a quick workout, you’ll get that circulation going and your stressed will be reduced.
Omega 3- Rich Foods
Omega 3 fats are essential in hormone regulation, increasing cervical mucous, and blood circulation to reproductive organs. They can also help in reducing inflammation which can ease inflammatory fertility issues that may be hindering you from becoming pregnant. Below you’ll find a list of foods that are rich in Omega 3’s:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Chia Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
Rest & Relaxation!
We’ve all heard it before, but being relaxed and keeping it low-stress is the best environment for pregnancy. A lot of times it happens when we’re least expecting it!
What natural fertility boosters have helped you become pregnant? Share your suggestions in the comments!