Getting pregnant seemed simple until of course it wasn’t. You might encounter several reasons for infertility -- and stress is one of them. Before you become overwhelmed with the inability to conceive or turn to more invasive measures, try these natural ways to help increase of your chances of getting pregnant.


Being malnourished can affect ovulation. If you are trying to get pregnant, focus on foods rich in protein, iron, zinc and vitamin C. Avoid excess sugars and refined carbohydrates, trans-fats, which are typically found in fried foods and hydrogenated oils, and reduce your consumption of animal products. Eating more mono-saturated fats and plant proteins may boost your fertility. Taking a high quality multi-vitamin may help women get the nutrients they need.

Cutting back on alcohol consumption and caffeine can also help. Of course, consuming alcohol would be harmful for a developing fetus, but caffeine consumption also increases the risk of miscarriage. It is best to avoid both when you are trying to conceive.

Healthy weight

Being both overweight and underweight can affect your ability to conceive as well as your ability to sustain a pregnancy. Hormone levels are important for ovulation and healthy pregnancies. Being overweight can produce too many hormones while being underweight can inhibit their production.

It takes two to tango

Don’t forget your man in all of this. Many of the rules that apply to women also apply to men. Men that are low in certain vitamins like vitamin C may have lower sperm count or less mobile sperm. A diet rich in zinc and vitamin E can boost a man’s fertility by up to 60 percent. Many commercially available lubricants can damage sperm, so avoid them if you are trying to conceive.

Alternative therapies

Natural healthcare methods like acupuncture and chiropractic care may help you conceive. Acupuncture can be particularly beneficial for stress reduction. Chiropractic care can help address any biological issues that may be impeding conception. The purpose of chiropractic care is to alleviate stress on the nerves responsible for the proper functioning of every organ in the body. If certain nerves are compromised, getting pregnant can be more difficult. Many case studies have found that women diagnosed with infertility have conceived after beginning chiropractic care.

Cut the stress

High levels of stress can impact hormone levels and make getting pregnant difficult if not impossible. Stress likely increases when couples have difficulty conceiving, thus perpetuating the frustrating cycle. Try taking a yoga class or invest in some meditation MP3s. While exercise can generally eliminate stress, vigorous exercise can also make it more difficult to get pregnant.

One of the best stress relievers is likely something you are already doing, having sex. In addition to having sex to actually create a baby, the hormones produced during sex can impact your reproductive cycle and make you more fertile. Don’t just have sex to try to conceive or during ovulation, plan to have sex every few days and actually enjoy it!

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Topics: fertility