Trying for a baby? This is probably the best time to synchronize your body clock with nature.
Nature is a powerful balancing force in life and for many centuries, people have turned to the wonders of nature for remedies. But did you know – you can actually boost your fertility when you are in sync with the earth’s natural rhythms and cycles. Your biological clock is intimately linked to your reproductive system by using the same hormones that trigger ovulation and sperm maturation. Therefore, you can enhance or suppress your fertility by respecting or ignoring natural rhythms.
In today’s fast-paced world, working night shifts, and having an erratic sleep-wake pattern could actually be affecting your fertility. So if “baby making” is on your mind, here are a few tips to synchronize with nature:
Get Adequate Sunlight
Exposure to adequate sunlight during the day could quite often be the key to optimum fertility. This is especially true if you live in the northern hemisphere or in areas where sunlight is relatively rare. People who work only night shifts and sleep during the day may not be getting their adequate dose of sunlight.
Sunlight is Essential to Fertility as:
Make Love On Full Moon
Recent studies have revealed that in ancient times, all women menstruated during new moon and ovulated during the full moon. It has been found that during those pre-electricity days, women slept in close to total darkness except for the days surrounding the full moon. And soft moonlight during the waxing of the moon was enough to halt melatonin production long enough for ovulation to occur.
Recently, it has been found that women can synchronize with the cycles of the moon in about three to four months by altering the light levels while they sleep. Coordinating menstruation not only strengthens your cycle but also makes it much easier to pinpoint the optimal timing for intercourse.
Sound sleep helps restore and rejuvenate the reproductive system. Lack of sleep can increase Cortisol levels and lead to increased use of caffeine and other fertility reducing substances. It could also disrupt your hormone balance, and in extreme cases can stop ovulation altogether.
Here are a few lifestyle changes that you could make to boost fertility – naturally!
Tips & Tricks
Dieting during pregnancy can cause abnormalities and a low birth weight in your baby; therefore your ideal weight should be reached before pregnancy.
Taking folic acid in its natural form before pregnancy can prevent serious birth defects. You can find them in fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals, and enriched bread products. If you’re planning to conceive, you should consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day.
If you are on contraceptive pills, it could take a few months before your periods are regular and you begin ovulating again. It usually is best to stop the pills at the end of a cycle to avoid mid-cycle bleeding.
Before buying a home pregnancy test kit, be sure to check the expiry date. For accurate results, take the test after one week after the missed period; testing very early, can give you negative results.
Green tea and orange pekoe (popularly known as 'regular') are considered to be excellent fertility enhancers. Research has shown that women who regularly drink tea, increase their chance of conception.