It seems we’re waiting longer to have kids than ever before and as a result lowered fertility and IVF have become the new normal.. In fact, the other day I heard an IVF clinic advertising that if you’re even thinking of getting pregnant then you should attend one of their information seminars… What The????
I always thought of IVF as something we do when we’ve been trying naturally for a number of years and it hasn’t been happening, I certainly didn’t expect to hear them advertising on commercial radio for couples to attend information sessions on how it all works but I guess the world is changing..
So if you’re wanting to have children what’s some things you can do…
Firstly look inside… both you and your partner need to have a health overhaul… look at your diet, gut health, weight and even your stress levels and the jobs you both do. I’ve worked with a number of patients (sadly it’s mainly the women that think it’s their sole responsibility to get their bodies healthy before they conceive) on diet and lifestyle changes and they’ve had great results and good pregnancies.
Consider healthy fats such as cold pressed olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, sardines and salmon as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, lentils, fermented foods, good quality probiotics, and good quality protein. Also it’s important to ensure that you’re buying organic wherever possible to avoid toxic sprays, antibiotics or hormones that may be added to our foods.
Additionally quit smoking and drinking, reduce inflammation in the body, get rid of the sugar, artificial sweeteners and white processed foods.
What now.. reduce stress, try some Yoga (it respects the body’s energy flow and the mind-body connection – emotional and mental health is just as important as physical health). Acupuncture is highly recommended by many practitioners and IVF clinics to improve your chances of conceiving.
For the men in your life, keep the boys cool by avoiding tight fitting underwear, don’t work at night with the laptop on your lap, reduce stress, change your diet to match your partners even have a joint acupuncture session.
These are just some of the things you can do for yourself to promote good health and fertility. Of course even doing all of this you still may need a little more help but at the end of the day however you get pregnant the most important thing is to give your body the best possible chance you can.
Until next time, stay calm and stay healthy.