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3 Must-Know Fertility Tips For Aspiring Moms

By on May 31, 2017

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When you are considering embarking on the journey of becoming a new parent, it’s time to take stock of a lot of things: your relationship, your lifestyle, and your body, to name a few. Some women conceive easily (sometimes, even too easily, like the women in my family!) but other face challenges along the way; often in ways you’d least expect. For example, one of my closest friends had some difficulty getting pregnant and found out her greatest challenge was a hormonal balance. Just in case I’m in the same spot & my hormones are out of whack, so my first step will be to get them in check.II’m armed and ready with a morning Maca Smoothie, since it’s known for balancing hormones. Eating as clean as possible will help too; my focus is on veggies, eggs, fish, water, herbal tea, and the occasional fruit for dessert, also known as known as Alkaline eating.

I found a few other great  fertility tips and wanted to share for all those other mamas-to-be…to-be!

Enjoy 😉

1. KNOW YOUR CYCLE 

Even though the advice is regular sex throughout the month, it’s important to know your cycle. Going back to basics here, you only get a baby when a sperm meets an egg and that egg only comes usually once a month, around day 14 in your cycle. The egg only survives for a day or two, so there’s only a limited window each month during which you can actually get pregnant. It’s probably around six days. You are likely to have better quality sperm if you have sex regularly, so continue to do so throughout the month, but realize that the most fertile time is around the time of ovulation. During ovulation some women feel a twinge of pain in one side and cervical mucus may become thin and slippery. If you have an irregular cycle or feel you need extra help, you can buy ovulation prediction kits to help you find out when you are most fertile. It can be an obsession with some couples to have to have sex at a certain time and this can put a lot of pressure on couples. However, it can take the fun out of sex and make some men less likely to perform.

2. WEIGHT CONTROL 

Being underweight or overweight can delay the time it takes a woman to conceive. William Gibbons, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Baylor College of Medicine, says weight before getting pregnant is often an overlooked factor in fertility. Keeping a healthy weight can help with conception. In onestudy, researchers evaluated the body mass index (BMI) of 2,112 pregnant women. Women in the study who had a pre-pregnancy BMI of 25-39 – considered overweight or obese — had a twofold increase in the time it took to get pregnant. A BMI less than 19 (18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal) is even worse, the researchers found. Time to conception was increased fourfold in women with a BMI below 19. Gibbons tells women to stay at a healthy weight when trying to conceive.

3. HONEY (AND YAMS)

Honey has been regarded as a natural fertility booster for generations. The word ‘honeymoon’ is said to derive from the ritual of newlyweds taking a spoonful every night to speed up the baby-making process. Pollen is the key ingredient, and it should also give your sex life a bit of a boost. I’ve also heard for years that consuming yams and sweet potatoes boost fertility in women.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if I can create a yummy recipe with yams and honey? Sounds so good. I’m not even pregnant but I already crave anchovies. Since I’ve naturally had a sweet tooth I wonder if pregnancy will make me crave sour?

Can you think of any other fertility tips that have helped you or someone else conceive?

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