Getting pregnant for some is easy, but for others is not an uncomplicated route. I didn’t know what to expect when it comes to my body. After one month of trying, the pregnancy test came out negative. I was a little bit disappointed, but at the same time, ready to do everything I can about it.
The great thing is that everything we did (V & I), worked! After another month of trying, I could give a great surprise for V (my hubby) :). It was the sweetest moment.
A few months before I got pregnant I’ve started doing yoga. Stress is a big factor when it comes to pregnancy (take a look at this post). That being said, yoga was a great way for me to deal with it in a better way. It not only helped me with calming myself & staying positive, but also my body was way more healthier, stronger and ready to carry a baby inside of me.
2. Staying Warm
Even though I wasn’t cold, I was wearing socks all the time. During the day and when I was going to sleep. Cold feet=cold uterus and that doesn’t help if you want to get pregnant. I was always making sure that my feet, hands and stomach are warm.
3. Dry Brush
As far as I am concerned, getting rid of toxins and detoxifying your body is very important before getting pregnant. You want your body to be as healthy as possible. That’s why, when I was taking a shower, I was dry brushing my skin before that. I was doing it about 2 or 3 times a week. Here you have a nice guide how to do it.
4. Beauty Products
About two or three months before trying to get pregnant, I stopped using any non organic products when it comes to my body and face. I eliminated even the hand soap and was using gloves when washing dishes with a regular dish soap. That was only the reason why I started writing my posts about clean beauty. I was also making my own hand soap and body wash. (One day, I can share my recipes for that if you’re interested). Of course, V was doing the same, because ingredients in most of body products disrupt women’s hormones as well as men’s.
Meals that we were having were another thing that V and I had to change a little bit. There are foods that might have a significant impact on your fertility. That was my main focus. Also, eliminating those that may interfere with your hormones.
Foods we avoided:
- high-fat processed meats
- refined sugar
- apple cider vinegar
- soy sauce
Foods we ate a lot:
- organic food
- steamed broccoli (especially for men)
- brussels sprout
- coconut & olive oil (we use these instead of any other oils when cooking)
- lots of greens
- vitamin E-rich foods: sunflower seeds, almonds, hazel nuts, spinach, avocado, turnip greens, butternut squash, pine nuts, peanuts, mango, sweet potato, tomatoes
What we were doing, we were adding, for example, zucchini as a salad for dinner or making Polish cabbage with sausages as a meal.
6. Vitamins/ Supplements
Here are the vitamins and supplements I was taking:
- folic acid (I started taking about 3 months before trying)
- evening primrose oil (3 times a day before getting trying to get pregnant and for the first 14 days of potential fertilization)
- B complex
- vitamin C
- omega 3
Vitamins that V was taking:
7. Essential Oils
I’m a big fan of essential oils and their “power”. When we were trying to get pregnant, I was applying thyme on my wrists and ylang ylang essential oil on my temples. For V, I was using thyme on his wrists and sandalwood essential oil behind his ears.
As usual, getting enough and good quality sleep is very important for all us, whether we want to get pregnant or not. Here’s no exception.
9. Other Things
On top of all the things above, we were also avoiding plastic (which contains hormone-disrupting chemicals), such as bottles, containers, foods packed in it. Also, painkillers, which can reduce male fertility, sperm production and development of the ovaries in female fetuses. Another thing, we avoided were pesticides. That being said, we were buying mostly organic fruits and vegetables. If we happened to buy non organic ones, we would wash them with baking soda and vinegar. Unfortunately, pesticides are associated with a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher risk of pregnancy loss. Last, but not least, we were avoiding using nonstick pans and pots, because nonstick chemicals are linked to infertility. We were simply making sure to use cast iron and stainless steel.
I am not a doctor, I only did lots of research. You should always contact your health care provider if you’re not sure about the steps you want to take. I’m not saying that one of these things helped me with getting pregnant or all of them. I will never know the answer to this question, but I did it all, because why not :). The best thing was that it all paid off.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, I hope that you will and I wish you all the best. I believe one day you will be caring this little precious of your own inside of you. Just remember to always take care of yourself first, because it is your body that carries the baby.
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