Part 2: Natural Health Tips & Tricks
Today, let’s go through a few extra steps you can take at home to make your journey to motherhood a little less bumpy.
The reason I say less bumpy is because if you end up needing a fertility expert, you will most likely be introducing unnatural chemicals into your body.
Here are some vitamins and supplements for the future mom:
- Pre-natal. You’re thinking, DUH! But just hold on… For all 3 of my pregnancies, taking a pre-natal vitamin caused me to throw up within a minute. However, I had been taking pre-natals for years just in case. Since, I had been taking prenatals regularly, I was able to quit taking them as soon as the vitamins caused the vomiting.
- Folic acid. This should be part of your pre-natal. However, if you have any predispositions to genetic issues, (I have a heart condition), I was advised to take twice the recommended amount of folic acid leading up to and between pregnancies. As far as research shows at the moment, taking a higher dose of folic acid is fine. It has also been found to decrease the risk of genetic issues. Before taking any supplement or vitamin at a dose different than the recommended amount, check with your health care provider.
- Chaste tree is helpful for women who have long cycles, or are having anovulatory (non ovulating) cycles. Take it for 1 month, max 3 months while trying to conceive, and stop as soon as you find out you are growing a little person.
- Vitamin D. This boosts your immune system, and no one wants to get busy with a snotty spouse… so take it and make sure your guy is taking it too! (note: if your guy is willing, give him a zinc supplement, it will boost his virility. Some men’s vitamins have it included.)
- B6. During my first pregnancy I had extreme issues with vomiting/nausea and grudgingly ended up needing to take anti-nausea medication. However, when I got pregnant for the second time, I researched the contents of the medication (diclectin), it is essentially gravol and B6. So as soon as I find myself pregnant, I start taking B6, and it is MAGIC!!
- Fish Oil. For so many reasons, you need to be taking your omega 3’s. It thins your blood, which is excellent for pregnancy, (note: stop taking this as you get close to your due date so you can clot easily). But the highlight of fish oils is that it boosts your baby’s brain, and helps mom with “pregnancy brain”, which has been frequently attributed to the baby stealing all your omega 3’s.
- Magnesium at night for leg cramps, difficulty sleeping, and …. umm… no nice way to say it.. but bathroom challenges… *blush*
*Note: Excessive drinking, smoking and coffee should be eliminated, because they affect your absorption of nutrients.
3 Further steps to take when thinking of getting pregnant:
- Get your spine checked by a Chiropractor that has experience in this area. The nerves that go to your reproductive organs come from the lower back. If your spine is not aligned properly, it’s like the wifi signal is low in your ovaries and uterus. They are not going to function properly, because they are not getting the signals sent from the body.
- Try acupuncture. Acupuncture has been getting great results with fertility.
- If you are overweight, or obese, lose the weight! Fat stores impact your hormones and can decrease your fertility.