Pregnancy Vivian | 27 Nov 2010 10:26 am

Improving Fertility the Natural Way

Many people have heard the term “biological clock” as it is used to refer to women because women typically have a certain amount of healthy time during their lives for which it is better to try to have a child. If you are trying to have a baby, there are many things that you and your partner can do to improve fertility so that you can make that dream a reality. It is important that you both discuss the need and/or desire to have children first of course. If you talk to any fertility specialist, there are a plethora of ways in which you can improve the odds that you will have a healthy baby. Obviously, you don’t want to smoke or be around people who do smoke, seeing as how it is not good for your health. Also, it is equally important to make sure that both you and your partner are getting enough rest and are eating healthy and exercising regularly. There have also been many medical advances should you need to go that route.

Dreaming of starting a new family or perhaps adding a new little bundle of joy to your already existing one but you seem to be having a little trouble getting started? Here may be some very easy ways to help increase your chances of conceiving. Of course, as always, if you are concerned or have been trying for more than a year and are still having trouble you may want to consult your physician to make sure there are not any other issues at play.

Make sure that you and your partner are both eating a well balanced diet and getting the proper amount of vitamins. For women, you should already be taking a prenatal vitamin if you are trying to conceive, and you can find these over the counter without needing a prescription. That should provide adequate amounts of most vitamins and you will want to avoid taking more Vitamin C because it can interfere with sperm mobility. For men however, a deficiency in Vitamin C or Zinc can result in low sperm count, damaged sperm, and poor sperm mobility.

Substitute egg whites for a lubricant. Most lubricants, even petroleum jelly, can kill sperm and make conception much more difficult, it is best to use no lubricant at all but if you do need to, egg whites help sperm to be more mobile.

Certain herbal remedies can also be useful in fertility. Dong Quai, for example, is a Chinese herb that can help to boost estrogen levels and increase the chances of a fertilized egg becoming implanted. Chasteberry can also help to regulate these hormones which can aid fertility. Also keep in mind that certain herbal remedies, although useful for other medical reasons, maybe harmful when trying to conceive. Some to avoid include St. John’s Wart, echinacea, and ginkgo biloba. You may also want to avoid caffeine and do not over do it on the milk since both an be counter productive in the pursuit to conceive.

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