Planning to get pregnant?
Have you and your partner discussed having a child? While picking out names is fun, there are even more important preliminary steps you should take.
Hormonal balance is a necessary step toward getting pregnant, as well as carrying a healthy baby to term.
Most fertility problems are linked to a hormonal imbalance, such as too much or too little estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. Infertility in women often occurs when improper estrogen levels block conception or an imbalance of progesterone results in early miscarriage. Infertility in men, also called the male factor, can occur if unhealthy levels of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, or luteinizing hormone block the production of sperms and spermatozoids.
If you are not in the habit of eating healthy, exercising regularly, reducing stress, and avoiding toxins, balancing your hormones will take time. I encourage you to take the following fertility treatment steps to improve your hormone levels before getting pregnant:
Eat a Nutritional Diet
There is a such thing as fertility foods.
Proper nutrition provides the building blocks for hormones. Eat foods that contain protein, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. These components boost fertility by reducing insulin and preventing free radicals from damaging eggs and sperm.
Julia, author of Wine In Mom, recommends this kale quinoa power bowl to fill your body with proper nutrients before and during pregnancy.
Take Daily Vitamins to Increase Fertility
When couples are unable to get pregnant, they often are deficient for crucial vitamins.
A healthy diet should contain proper amounts of zinc; folic acid; and vitamins C, D, and E, which act as natural infertility treatment. However, you can also take supplements for these fertility vitamins. Folic acid in particular should be taken as a supplement because the average American diet is not rich in folic acid.
A buildup of toxins in the body can disrupt hormone levels and cause you to have trouble getting pregnant.
These toxins enter the body from the air, food, water, and household products around you. A safe and natural body cleanse through diet allows your body to restore its normal hormone levels.
The anticipation of parenthood is an exciting time, but stress management is crucial for your ovulation cycle.
Chronic stress produces the stress hormone cortisol, which can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. To lower your stress levels, you can try simple, daily practices such as medication, aromatherapy, or reiki.
Acupuncture can help increase fertility in a number of ways.
In addition to helping you feel relaxed, acupuncture lowers stress levels, preventing cortisol from blocking conception, and increases the flow of blood to the uterus.
Diet, toxins, and stress can all lead to inflammation in the body, which can prevent you from being healthy and fertile.
Avoid a diet high in omega-6s, which can result in inflammation. Instead, increase your intake of omega-3s, through diet or as a supplement, to keep your body free of inflammation and in a state of stable fertility. A daily glass of golden milk can also help eliminate inflammation in your body.
Pregnancy conception isn’t a matter of chance; it is the result of having a healthy body that is prepared for successful reproduction. Preparing your body for conception now can help you avoid the need for fertility services down the road.
If you are concerned about the possibility of hormonal imbalance or would like to learn more about ways to help get pregnant, come meet with me. As a fertility specialist, I am pleased to help couples optimize their hormones to improve fertility. To schedule your consultation, contact Sage Nutrition and Healing Center in Little Silver, New Jersey, at 732.852.7752.