The Life of an Urban Herbalist
A collection of musings and some articles with a more scientific approach.
As we grow up many of us assume that starting a family is just a natural part of life and it simply doesn't occur to us that becoming pregnant might be in any way complicated. It starts at primary school. "When a mummy and a daddy love each other very much" usually followed by a ridiculous film that fosters as many misconceptions as it is intended to dispel.
We then spend our late teens, student years or days of youthful excess doing everything we can with barrier methods or synthetic hormones to avoid pregnancy.
So when we reach a time in our lives when conception is a desirable outcome rather than something to be avoided we stop taking the pill, throw away the condoms and in many cases BINGO a new life blossoms. However for more than 10% of the population this isn't the happy outcome.
The first thing we you need to ensure is that you are eating a good healthy diet. This means that your bodyweight needs to be sufficient to maintain normal hormonal function. a BMI of 21 is a good place to start. A BMI of 19 can be considered normal but for many women it is not sufficient to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Unless you are allergic or severely sensitive to dairy research has shown that women who eat dairy are more likely to conceive. There is no need to go overboard but ensuring you have animal foods like organic free range eggs, good quality organic meats and cheeses and oily fish from quality sources can help support your hormonal health. Cut down on coffee as it can have a negative effect on insulin production but drinking good quality black tea or green tea has also been shown to enhance reproductive health.
It is sensible to take a good quality multi vitamin and multi mineral including Folic acid as this is good for any developing child and reduces incidence of spina bifida and nuchal fold defects.
Finally making sure your sex life is relaxed and sensual rather than a timed event which only leads to stress and resentment is a really important part of conception. Teenagers are awash with hormones and drunk with love and they become pregnant at the drop of a hat. It seems so unfair when you so want that pregnancy however if you stop watching the thermometer and let your hormones guide your sensuality you are far more likely to have a happy outcome.
If you've been trying for a while without any luck then throw the calendar away and go on a date with your love. Remind yourselves why you are together. Have a cuddle, kiss at the bus stop. Enjoy each other and only have sex when you really feel like it because mother nature has a way of matching up the urge with the mechanics.