Everything we do from the moment we are born affects our fertility and general health. We are what we eat but I believe in taking that a little further to include ‘we are what we do and what we think‘ too. When a decision has been made to start a family there is no greater incentive to clean up your life – physically, mentally and emotionally as part of your preconceptual care programme. Three months is often suggested as a good length of time to embrace these changes because it takes that long for sperm to be produced. Eggs are present in women from before birth but each month one or more eggs reach maturity. So after three months of healthy living, conception can then occur with eggs and sperm which have been exposed to your new healthy lifestyle choices and you will also be feeling like a new person, fit for pregnancy and parenthood.
Once you implement some changes you will see and feel the benefits within days and within a few months your reproductive system will be responding well too. If you’ve been trying to conceive for quite some time it might be time to dig deeper into appropriate life changes that can significantly improve your chances of conception either naturally or during assisted conception procedures.
For our bodies to function optimally in all respects, not just for reproduction, we need to get some very basic things right. This is a list of areas to review in your life where improvements could enhance fertility naturally. Which of these areas need the most attention and improvement in your life?
- Ingest enough high quality nourishment to optimally run and repair your body processes.
- Eliminate refined and processed foods that are damaging to your body.
- Nurture and reinstate your gut flora with live probiotics and prebiotics.
- Excrete wastes effectively from your body so toxins don’t accumulate.
- Get enough sleep.
- Address stress by activating your relaxation response because stress switches off or downgrades certain body processes including the reproductive system.
- Physical movement will amplify the benefits.
In another post next week I’ll be making some suggestions to address some of these points.