Let’s get the hard truths out there first, so we can dive right into what matters. I’ll apologize beforehand in case this hurts. The perfect time to think about fertility is before you actually want to start trying for a baby.
I’ll explain. A follicle takes 3 cycles (100 days) to turn into a fertile egg, which is why planning should be done in advance. If your health has not been a concern up until now, it might be that your eggs and also your body are not entirely up for it just yet. But not to worry, we’ll take care of it together! I’ll take you through the steps, from the most important to the least one, and give you practical tips to put into practice as soon as you finish reading this.
Look at your contraceptive. Is it hormonal? If so, is there are medical reason for you to be taking this hormonal contraceptive?
Hormonal contraceptives stop your body from ovulating. Yes, I know you bleed every month if you are taking it as it’s intended, but it’s a chemically induced bleed and not your actual period from having ovulated an egg which was never fecundated. This is why there’s many women who take between 6 months to a year to regulate their cycles after they stop using hormonal contraceptives: your body needs to re-learn to ovulate every month and this process can be painful (in a physical AND in an emotional way).
It would be ideal to stop hormonal contraceptives (as long as there’s no medical reason for you to be taking this) at the very least 3 months before you want to start trying to conceive, and even better if you can do it 6 months in advance. Should this not be an option for you, I’d love to talk about your particular case in detail. Hormonal balance and a regular cycle can be supported with therapeutic grade essential oils in an easy way that is natural and respectful of your body.
Check for EDCs in your environment (home, cosmetic products, workplace etc).
You will find an extensive article about this here, helping you understand why this is important and how to avoid them. That’s your homework for today, as soon as you finish reading this.
Have a deep look into your habits: nutrition, exercise, what can you do about your levels of stress…
Nutrition plays a big role when it comes to fertility. There are many foods that can help you conceive, and also a long list that can pose a problem to conceiving and even possible dangers to your health and your future baby’s. Having a healthy and balanced diet (avoid alcohol, smoking, processed foods) will work wonders in your chances to get pregnant, will set you up for a great start into pregnancy and can easily become a blueprint for the example you set for your future kids. Get in touch if you’d like to start an anti-inflammatory natural-fertility diet!
A healthy body is a fertile body.
Even doing 30 minutes of walking per day will help instead of just watching another re-run of Friends on the couch. Don’t forget that you also release endorfins when you exercise, the happy hormone, so you will feel great about it! This will also help you with the next important point: stress.
When you are stressed, your body receives the message that this is not the right time to have a baby because there’s a state of alarm. This is related to our fight or flight response, if the body thinks you might be facing a situation where your life is at risk (the body is going into full drama queen mode because it cannot assess the dangers of the actual situation) then it will shut down ovulation. Exercise helps you deal with stress, as does sex, and any number of other things to improve the reasons why you have stress in your life. The following essential oils can also promote relaxation on a daily basis, first and foremost for your mental health, but also so you can get pregnant and carry a healthy baby to term:
♥ Stress Away, Orange, Frankincense, Lavender, Bergamot, Peace and Calming, Valor… ♥
In my 21-day Program , under the fertility section, you can find specific indications on how to use these and other EOs for this purpose.
This is only the beginning. If you have questions, feel free to drop me a message, I’d love to hear from you and work together towards your goal! I will continue to post about fertility as it’s a topic that fascinates me.