Conceive Your Baby Naturally
Having a baby is one of the most joyous things in the world for both mom and dad. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 7.3 million women from age 15 to age 44 have an impaired ability to have children or infertility. This is a whopping 11.8 percent of this population of females. Of this age group, 2.1 million or 7.4 percent are married women. For a woman who really wants to conceive this news is devastating.
Another terrifying statistic is the amount of miscarriages, spontaneous loss of pregnancy within the first 20 weeks. Spontaneous abortion (SAB) occurs in 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies, says the American Pregnancy Association.
Women are left with a heavy burden of disappointment and guilt if she cannot conceives or has trouble carrying a baby full term. In many of these cases, the body is lacking the essential vitamins and minerals it needs in order to foster a friendly environment for conception. In some cultures, women are called "earth", as in Mother Earth. Just think for a moment; what happens when you plant a seed in a dry patch of earth? Does it grow? The earth itself needs sunlight, water, and other elements from our environment to keep in optimal shape to grow our food.
The same holds true with the woman's body. If you do not properly nourish your body, it will have trouble conceiving, nourishing and sustaining a pregnancy.
You should prepare your body months in advance. Begin feeding your body the proper balance calcium, protein, green leafy vegetables, fruit and grains. Take extra vitamins with at least 600mcg of Folic Acid. Your vitamin should also have a high amount of Vitamin E and Vitamin C as well. Vitamin D is also an essential vitamin to include in your daily routine. Most good quality pre-natal vitamins will have the recommended dosage of all these vitamins plus much more. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, a daily vitamin is necessary in order to stay healthy. Women of childbearing age should make sure their daily multi vitamin promotes a baby-friendly environment.
Some herbs may also help in creating an optimal environment to conceive and sustain a pregnancy.
Most often used for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Black Cohosh is known for its fukinolic acid, which has estrogenic properties.
Chaste Berry or Vitex
Chaste berry is said to facilitate ovulation by stimulating the release of a certain hormone called the luteinizing hormone or LH. Once the level of progesterone is increased, it may stimulate the release of more eggs from the ovaries, increasing the chance of fertilization.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry Leaf is a nutritional powerhouse. Filled with countless vitamins and minerals it is said to help promote a healthy environment for conception. Red Raspberry enhances uterine health during pregnancy, eases labor pains and aids in milk production, says the American Pregnancy Association. However, some experts advise not to take Red Raspberry after conception because it may over stimulate the uterus.
Often referred to as the "female ginseng", Don Qui has been used for many female-related ailments. It helps relieve menstrual symptoms as well as hormonal imbalances, says the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Good for both men and women, Panax Ginseng is said to contribute to the overall fertility health of both genders.
According to the Baby Hopes website, ginkgo is good for circulation and increased blood flow to the reproductive organs. It is also cleansing to the system.
PABA is a very important ingredient in your baby-making arsenal. It is believed to increase the ability of estrogen to improve fertility and thereby increasing the ability for some infertile women to get pregnant, this according to the Baby Hopes website. The website also reports that in a clinical trial 12 out of 16 infertile women became fertile and were able to conceive after PABA supplementation for several months. Fertilaid, a natural fertility aid for women, contains PABA and boasts a high fertility success rate among women who take the product.
You can take all of these supplements separately or you can take a herbal formulas that contains these herbs, plus mult vitamins. Two good products are Fertilaid and Ovulex. The key begin taking them BEFORE you decide to get pregnant so your body can suitably prepare to conceive and carry a baby.
Always remember, to consult with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements. Be patient, reduce your stress, take daily pre natal vitamins and fertility herbs at least 6months to a year before you begin to conceive and eat a healthy diet every day. Also, remove or reduce vices such as drinking and smoking. If you are carrying extra weight, take steps to lose it and bring yourself into a more desirable weight range. Having a child is a commitment that begins long before the act of conceiving. Good luck, relax and have fun with the process. :)