The holistic approach is characterized by the belief that the many components of one’s life and well-being are intimately connected, with each individual element influencing the quality of the other. Though modern medicine often reduces fertility to an ovaries-and-fallopian tube matter, the holistic philosophy believes that fertility depends on the state of the entire body and psyche. When both are in sync and at peace, conception can happen with ease and enjoyment.
Every couple is unique in their strengths and weaknesses, and no two women can embark on the fertility process using the same guidelines. However, there are basic steps anyone can incorporate into their holistic fertility plan.
1. First Things First
Before embarking on any holistic fertility regimen make sure all potential medical concerns have been addressed and routine pap smears and sexual health check-ups administered.
2. Skip The Diet, Focus On Nutrition
A peculiar aspect of our modern culture is the intense focus we put on diet and fitness, rather than basic core nutrition. The foundation of healthy conception is nutrition, and what you feed your body over an extended period of time will greatly influence your ability to conceive and provide sustenance for your growing baby.
Regular nutrient and protein packed meals are vital for healthy egg and sperm production, while fatty acids regulate hormones and cell membranes. Studies have found that women who consume higher amounts of trans fats and simple carbohydrates were more likely to have an ovulatory disorder, a common occurrence in roughly 20 percent of women trying to get pregnant.
A helpful tip is to replace some of your beef, pork, or chicken-derived protein with vegetable protein, most often found in legumes (beans) and nuts. Extensive research has shown that in fertility cases where 5% of total calories consumed came from vegetable instead of animal protein, the risk of ovulatory infertility was reduced by more than 50%.
Additionally, try replacing at least one low-fat dairy serving with a high-fat serving, such as a glass of whole milk, to help boost fertility. And last but not least, never underestimate the importance of taking your vitamins. Iron supplements and folic acide-rich multivitamins not only eliminate the risk of ovulation-related infertility, but deliver necessary nutrients to your baby after conception.
3. Eliminate Stress
Easier said than done of course, but it’s crucial to try to address areas of your life where stress levels are at their highest. The process of conceiving can be an undoubtedly frustrating experience, particularly if results are slow. But the body truly does function at its best under minimal stress, and the quickest way to achieve a sense of balance is to make one simple adjustment at a time.
Makes sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep, at least 7-8 hours, to ensure optimal “recharging” time for your body and mind. Sleep deprivation is one of the leading contributing factors to a number of disorders, from lowered immune functioning to depression, neither of which make for hospitable conception terrain.
Activities such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can greatly reduce stress, and provide immensely enjoyable “you” time for clearing your head and refocusing.
4. Examine Your Work-Life Balance
Even couples not in the process of conceiving can find it difficult to balance work obligations with personal time. Long hours and on-the-job stress can put significant strain on the healthiest of relationships, resulting in fertility and sexual complications. It’s important to reevaluate just where you and your partner devote the most time and energy, and work together to strike a sensible balance.
5. Remember Why You’re Doing This In The First Place
Couples who have been in the process of trying to conceive for a period of time naturally start to wonder if it’s worth it at all: you’re stressed, you’re frustrated, you’ve tried everything from a nutritional overhaul to morning meditation, and you can’t for the life of you understand why you haven’t achieved your bundle-of-joy-beginning. Maybe sex has become a mechanical act, rather than an organic one, and the fact that it’s not bringing about the results you want make it less sexier by the day.
It’s at these most delicate and strenuous times that it’s important to take a step back, relax, and genuinely enjoy your partner again. Set aside at least one or two evenings a week for romantic couple time: make dinner, watch a movie, or share a sensual massage or bubble bath before making love.
Remember, fertility isn’t just a matter of performance frequency, but the quality of it and mutual joy and relaxation it brings both you and your partner.