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It’s a widely held belief that getting pregnant when you’re older is harder.
However, it’s not necessarily so and there’s a lot you can do improve your chances of conceiving naturally. Key factors are diet, lifestyle, stress and mind-set. The food we eat and the thoughts we think directly affect how healthy and fertile we are.
First of all – and this may seem like a no-brainer – to get pregnant the ‘old fashioned way’ you need to be having plenty of sex. Vaginal fluid gets stretchy and transparent, a bit like raw egg white, shortly before ovulation occurs. This is the ideal environment for sperm to survive and swim forwards in. If your periods are weak or irregular try complimentary therapy such as acupuncture, reflexology, fertility massage or herbs (Agnus Cactus or Dong Quai) to help regulate the hormones and get blood flowing.
Then it’s a good idea to look at you and your partner’s diet. Processed food, white flour, fizzy drinks, alcohol, too much non-organic meat, sugar and dairy, especially low-fat dairy are no good for baby-making. All these products produce over-acidity in the body, upsetting its natural alkaline state and the fine hormonal balance needed for healthy conception.
The latest research even shows that the right diet can influence egg quality to avoid miscarriage and Down syndrome because it’s so important how the cells are nourished during fertilisation. Too many toxins will affect both egg and sperm and impair healthy cell division. You should abstain from stimulants such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes, as they’ve been clearly linked to lower conception rates. Also try to avoid pesticides, environmental toxins, synthetic hormones and water additives.
To highlight these points there are some interesting studies conducted on fertility in the UK. A preconception care programme involving improvements to diet and lifestyle, enabled 89% of couples to give birth, including 81% of those who had suffered infertility for up to ten years. There were no miscarriages in the first test group and less than 3% in the 2nd. Most of the participants in the study were over 33, many were over 40 and some even over 50.
A good detox at least 3 months before you start trying to get pregnant is highly advisable. A week or two of juice fasting is effective but simply eating lots of organic fruit and vegetables and cutting out junk food will help cleanse the body. Make sure you eat lots of live foods (as opposed to processed food) that are nutrient-dense, rich in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants.
It’s important to get plenty of B vitamins, vitamins A, C and E, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Zinc is vital for men because it’s a mineral found in very high concentrations in sperm.
It’s also important to stay well hydrated and breathe deeply – especially into the sacral area. Breathing in plenty of fresh air will flood the cells with oxygenated blood. Go for walks in nature and practice some low-impact exercise like yoga, tai chi and qi gong. Natural light is also necessary for healthy conception. New studies link lack of vitamin D to infertility in men.
Stress can be a major factor to inhibit pregnancy – especially if getting pregnant has become an obsession. The hormones released by stress, adrenalin and cortisol, are detrimental because they upset the reproductive hormones. There are various ways to combat stress and subconscious anxiety. Try relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation and hypnotherapy.
We’re finally beginning to understand the profound effects belief has on our system. Our health is to a fair extent determined by our thoughts and emotions. By believing you can and will get pregnant when the time is right and trusting this belief means you’re more likely to manifest a pregnancy. And don’t forget the spiritual aspect of bringing a child into the world. Let the love flow and believe in miracles.
Notes for this blog:
Claudia Spahr is a journalist, author and speaker on women’s health who gave birth to her two children after 40. She is the author of Right Time Baby – The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood, published by Hay House UK. www.claudiaspahr.com (http://www NULL.claudiaspahr NULL.com).
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