It’s unbelievable how many beautiful, smart, successful women come to my clinic in a panic about getting naturally pregnant later in life.
They place huge amounts of stress upon themselves worrying about their age, their chances of getting naturally pregnant, and the quality of their eggs.
Not to mention that most of them are still single and searching for Mr. Right.
Ladies, there is no need to freak out any longer.
Take a deep breath.
If you are committed to having a baby, I’ve got some great tips to help you.
Sure it’s true that fertility declines after the age of 35 years old and the risk of miscarriage is higher as you get older (18% at 35 years old vs. 34% in early 40’s); however, plenty of women have had healthy pregnancies in their later years.
Rather than focusing on the negative, I encourage my patients to shift their mindset and focus on ALL the positives.
So ladies, here are a few tips to help you stay optimistic and fertile in your 30’s and 40’s.
Tip #1: Reprogram Your Thoughts
You know this so well. Your thoughts shape your life.
If you are focused on your biological clock ticking, this creates stress. Stress affects fertility. It’s a good idea to focus your energy on getting yourself healthy, whole and complete.
Get clear on your vision to have a beautiful family and start believing that it will happen when the time is right.
A wonderful positive affirmation to recite is:
“I trust my body. My reproductive organs work in perfect harmony with my body to allow for conception when the time is right.”
Tip #2: Proper Nutrition and The Right Supplements
Eating out and skipping meals can also affect fertility. What better time than now to start eating a balanced diet that consists of organic whole foods.
Consume loads of dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, choose tasty complex carbs such as brown rice, quinoa and sweet potatoes, and include good sources of protein with every meal and snack.
When it comes to drinking, it’s best to avoid alcohol. Consider sipping detoxifying white tea, milk thistle tea, or other herbal teas throughout the day.
Aim to be physically active at least three times per week and give your body the sleep that it needs (6-8 hours per night) to rejuvenate and repair.
Tip #3: Get Tested
If you want to get naturally pregnant, I encourage all women over 30 to get a hormone test with their Naturopathic Doctor – ND’s test for estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and the stress hormone cortisol. The DUTCH Cycle Mapping test is something that Dr. Sara offers to her patients. It provides a full-picture of a woman’s cycle and the information can be especially helpful for women who are trying to conceive.
The DUTCH test helps to uncover hormonal imbalances and is offered to Dr. Sara’s patients.
If you are in your 30’s or 40’s and still taking birth control, remember synthetic hormones alter your natural menstrual cycle and can delay conception once you go off the pill.
Perhaps it’s time to consider another form of birth control?
Additional advice to help you:
Consider taking a high quality multivitamin, purified omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), MTHF, selenium and zinc. Speak to your healthcare provider for dosing and specific recommendations.
The ultimate goal is to ensure your body is receiving all essential vitamins and nutrients, particularly the important ones to support healthy fertility.
Tip #4: Stop Dating Unavailable Men
Unavailable doesn’t always mean married or taken.
Do the men you date share the same goals as you? Are they really looking to settle down and have a family too?
Many women carry a fear that their biological clock is ticking, yet they continue to date unavailable men.
If you’ve been dating unavailable men, perhaps it’s time to break this unhealthy pattern.
And once you find Mr. Right, make sure he is taking good care of himself. Poor sperm quality is a bigger issue now than ever before.
With both of you trying to get pregnant, he needs to be on board too.
If he is drinking too much, not working out and eating fast food regularly, his sperm may be affected.
He may need extra vitamin C, zinc, selenium, ginseng, and coenzyme Q10 to improve sperm motility, sperm count, and sperm quality.
Tip #5: Both of You May Need a Cleanse
The liver is the organ which is responsible for breaking down (metabolizing) hormones. That’s why, when it comes to getting pregnant and supporting fertility, liver detoxification is essential.
Cleansing is important to keeping men and women healthy, young and fertile.
Chemicals, stress, and toxins have a negative effect on fertility.
Cleansing is one of the best ways to let go of chemical toxins, enhance liver function, and balance hormones.
Cheers to making space in your life for a loving relationship and healthy pregnancy!