10 Best Natural Fertility Remedies for a Healthier Pregnancy
Once couples decide they want to have a baby, nobody really foresees any issues. Your brain goes straight to an easy conception, followed by a healthy pregnancy, and ended with your perfect bundle of joy.
But that is not always the case for millions of people around the globe. Fertility issues abound.
Conceiving a child is harder than it sounds (especially with how much time and energy we put into not getting pregnant in our earlier years). And many women actually need to prep their bodies for a healthy pregnancy. It can be exhausting and feel defeating.
Our culture has lots of ideas and suggestions on how to deal with all of this. Many share old wives tales that worked for their cousin or niece. Others suggest all sorts of drugs or procedures. But I want to share 10 natural fertility remedies with you.
These are herbs, vitamins, and “pseudo vitamins” that allow you to boost your fertility and prepare for a healthy pregnancy without the use of medical drugs and intervention. And as you will see, each one of these remedies has the backing of science, so you can feel confident about these choices.
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Without further ado…10 natural fertility remedies:
Let’s start out with an Ayurvedic herb known for its power to de-stress you: ashwagandha.
There are many different reasons why your body is having difficulty conceiving. You may not be ovulating, you might have endometriosis, you may have imbalanced hormones, or maybe you and your doctors have absolutely no idea why there is a problem.
All of these issues are extremely stressful. And stress is not helpful when it comes to upping your chances of having a baby.
When you feel stress, that anxiety increases stress hormones like cortisol. But Ashwagandha has been shown to help your body deal with stress hormones.
One study looked at 64 patients. Some were given a placebo; others were given 300mg of Ashwagadha. The results showed a “significant reduction” in the stress-assessment with the Ashwagadha group. Plus, no negative side effects ever popped up.
We are looking at quite a few herbs and vitamins on this list, but I want to introduce you to a “pseudo vitamin” – myo-inositol. Naturally already found in many foods you eat (like grains or citrus), myo-inositol has been found to be a helpful fertility supplement.
Since this supplement is probably unfamiliar to you, I want to show you two separate studies that highlight its effectiveness in matters of fertility:
- The first study looked at 25 women of childbearing age with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) to see if myo-inositol could restore “spontaneous ovarian activity.” They were each given myo-inositol (along with folic acid) two times a day for 6 months. 88% of the patients ended up having “at least one spontaneous menstrual cycle during treatment” during this treatment. Of that 88%, 72% maintained normal ovulatory activity. And 40% of the patients got pregnant.
- The next study that looked specifically at how myo-inositol improves ovarian cells and embryo quality. 84 women were either given myo-inositol twice a day or d-chiro-inositol twice a day. The myo-inositol group produced more mature egg cells, as well as more “top quality” embryos compared to the other group.
3. Chaste Tree Berry
Our next remedy is chaste tree berry (also known as Vitex), an herb that increases fertility in two important ways:
- Balances your hormones (which can also help symptoms of PMS)
- Increases your luteal phase
To understand this second benefit, you really need to understand the way your body works. Most women think their menstrual cycle only involves ovulation, PMS, and actual menstruation. But your cycle is more complex than that.
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You actually have four unique phases, and all four are important when it comes to prime fertility.
- Menstruation: This is when you have your period
- Follicular: This is when the follicles that contain your eggs start to mature
- Ovulation: This is when your body releases the egg
- Luteal: This is when your body preps for pregnancy
This luteal phase is responsible for activities like thickening your uterine lining. When that last phase is shortened (You jump too quickly from ovulation to menstruation), you will often miscarry this early pregnancy.
With a longer, healthier luteal phase (thanks to your chaste tree berry supplement), a fertilized egg has a much better chance of becoming a baby.
4. Black Cohosh
Moving on to another herb used for many years by Native Americans and then introduced to Europeans. Black cohosh has been used for all sorts of female hormone problems including: PMS, acne, osteoporosis, and menopause.
But I want to highlight its effectiveness in improving the odds of conception:
One impressive study on the effectiveness of black cohosh came out in 2013. 100 women who have PCOS were either given Clomid (our modern world’s popular go-to fertility drug) or Black Cohosh.
Here were the results: the black cohosh group created better progesterone levels and thicker endometrial lining. In this study, even had more women get pregnant on the black cohosh than with Clomid.
5. Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle has been used as a fertility remedy for countless years. Not only does it help women, it can also help the men!
What makes this herb so great? It’s chock-full of nutrients you need for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy, including:
- Vitamin K
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Folic Acid
Stinging nettle is often taken either in supplement form or as a tea.
Next up we have another “pseudo vitamin” like myo-inositol: PABA (the easy name for para-aminobenzoic acid). This substance is also already found in the foods you eat like mushrooms, milk, and grains.
PABA offers high antioxidants, stimulates the pituitary gland, produces more red blood sells, and even increases estrogen production. Put all of that goodness together – and you have yourself a great fertility booster.
Science has known this for years. In the 1940s scientists researched PABA for its effectiveness in helping women conceive. The study included 16 infertile women. Each was given 400mg of PABA daily for a few months.
The results? 12 of the 16 infertile women became pregnant.
7. Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is a widespread issue in the United States. Dr. Mercola even refers to this issue as “the world’s single deadliest vitamin deficiency” with around 85% of citizens not having enough vitamin D in their bodies.
Not only can this deficiency lead to issues like cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, etc.… it can also weaken your fertility.
Just by taking extra vitamin D, you can improve your menstrual cycles, boost your sex hormones, help your PCOS, and heighten the chances of successful in-vitro fertilization.
As added bonuses: when you add in the vitamin D you not only improve these factors for natural fertility, you also can improve the outcome of in-vitro fertilization. Vitamin D has also been shown as an effective treatment against uterine fibroids, a condition that could be making it much harder for you to get pregnant.
B vitamins are simply incredible. Most of us already know they boost energy, but they also regulate digestion, combat free radicals, fight infection, aid the nervous system…
…And regulate hormones. In fact, women deficient in the B vitamins often start having issues like:
- Irregular periods
- Reproductive hormone imbalance
- Weakened egg development
- Stronger PMS symptoms
- Shortened luteal phases (remember that discussion during Chaste Tree Berry?)
One large study of young Chinese women of childbearing age came to this conclusion: “We found that poor preconception vitamin B6 status was associated with increased risk of early pregnancy loss and reduced probabilities of conception and clinical pregnancy.”
Moral of this story? You do not want to be deficient in this important set of vitamins - to increase the chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy.
9. Trace Minerals
By calling “trace minerals” one supplement, I’m not telling you the full truth. In reality “trace minerals” is a grouping of a whole bunch of good stuff like:
Your body needs each and every one of these, but it does not a TON of them. That is why they are our “trace” minerals. When it comes to matters of fertility, they are all important.
One study showed consuming iron supplements lowered the chance of ovulatory infertility.
You may not see BioPerine in your average “fertility supplements” list, but there is one very important reason that I’m including it.
BioPerine is actually a component of black pepper (it’s actually what gives pepper that spicy flavor).
But what does it have to do with making a baby?
BioPerine is a magnifier of sorts. It enhances the nutrients you are absorbing. So when you put all sorts of good stuff in your body (like the 9 remedies above), BioPerine swoops in and makes all of them more effective.
By itself? Not a big deal. Combined with fertility-boosting herbs and vitamins? A huge deal.
Is There A “One And Done” Option?
- Here is the good news: You now have 10 all-natural remedies that can help you make a baby
- Here is the bad news: How do you ever remember to take all of them each day
After all… when you are dealing with infertility, you are already juggling so many thoughts and emotions. Your plate is already full with diet concerns, getting the right exercise, going to doctors appointments… and having plenty of sex!
Looking For More Fertility Help?
If you are looking to naturally improve your fertility, taking your supplement is a wonderful place to start. But you should also take advantage of other lifestyle choices that will up your odds of holding a baby in your hands sooner rather than later.
1. Healthy Diet
Consuming a diet rich in vegetables, leafy greens, omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, lean meats, vegetable protein (quinoa, beans), nuts, and healthy oils (avocado oil, coconut oil), etc. is a great way to get your body in baby-making shape. Avoid soy products, too many sugars, and trans fats. Now is also the time to also see if you have any diet-specific health problems like Celiac disease.
Balance is the key here. Too little exercise is not good for your conception odds, but too much exercise is not going to work either. Add multiple sessions of mild to moderate exercise into your week’s schedule. Yoga and swimming are great choices.
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4. Bad Habits
You will not be able to smoke or drink once you do become pregnant. If you stop ahead of time, you are helping your body get in tip-top shape. There is not reason to cut out your guilty pleasures entirely (other than cigarettes – those should go!), but make sure to really limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Plenty of pesticides and chemicals in your household cleaners/beauty products can harm your fertility. Purchase organic produce, swap your plastics for glass, and switch out your beauty products to all-natural, safe options.
You can save a lot of time by getting an accurate look at your health before you start trying to have a baby. See if you have PCOS or endometriosis. Check for any silent sexually transmitted infections. Get an overall checkup to see if you are deficient in any mineral or need to address a health problem first.
Not only can all of these choices help you get pregnant faster, they will also help you have a healthier pregnancy.
Your Natural Fertility Remedies
Have hope that there are natural supplements and lifestyle choices to help you remedy any fertility issues and lead you to a healthy pregnancy. By including these 10 supplements you are giving your body the extra boost it needs. Just make sure you pair those supplements with the healthy lifestyle choices above.
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