Did you know that acupuncture can reduce the stress associated with trying to fall pregnant and may help some women fall pregnant due to its effect of increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.It is also a relatively new concept that you can modify your diet and lifestyle to effect changes in fertility, however this has been a belief of Traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. If you are overweight it could be effecting your chances of falling pregnant. Every 5kg you lose may increase your fertility by about 15%. Being too thin is also detrimental to falling pregnant. Aim for a healthy body weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 20 and 25. Firstly cut out processed and junk foods. All food should be as close to nature as possible. Trans fats are bad news, they are often not listed on labels, and can increase insulin resistance which disrupts oestrogen and progesterone. Exchange high GI foods with low GI versions - eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables and ditch the refined carbs.
Both men and women should take a folic acid supplement. Women are recommended to take a multivitamin with 400mcg of folic acid and iron. Men benefit from folic acid and zinc to increase sperm count.
A lot of women come to the clinic with "I want it now mentality" but if your body is not ready you really need to put in the work beforehand. The soil needs to be fertilized before you can grow a seed. A pre-pregnancy programme should be from 3-6 months before you even start trying to fall pregnant to maximize your chances of having a viable pregnancy.
In Chinese dietary therapy seeds are considered amongst the Top Fertility Foods - pumpkin, sunflower, chia, quinoa and sesame seeds. Wholegrains such as brown rice, millet, amaranth and barley are high on the list. Also include oily fish, loads of green leafy vegetables, avocados, and cinnamon.
Femoral Artery Massage will help increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. It should be done twice a day and only takes a couple of minutes. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBhifKPeqg0
To reduce stress, take time out for a daily meditation. Find a peaceful spot to sit or lie and listen to some relaxing music. One of my favourites is Riley Lee. He is the only non-Japanese to reach the level of Grand Master in the shakahuchi tradition and has performed world-wide. Now based in Australia he continues to play this beautiful flute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3VAqPfZjgI