It’s unbelievable how many beautiful, smart, successful women come to my clinic in a panic about getting pregnant later in life. They place huge amounts of stress upon themselves worrying about their age, their chances of getting 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, I can bet that you aren’t going to get pregnant anytime soon. 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 an easy conception.”
Worrying about not having a baby is the last thing you ought to be doing if you want to conceive.
Tip #2: Proper Nutrition and The Right Supplements
Eating out and skipping meals will not help a woman conceive. It’s time 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, limit alcohol intake to four alcoholic drinks per week, embrace juicing (with mostly green vegetables and only 15% fruit), and start sipping detoxifying white tea or milk thistle tea throughout the day.
Aim to hit the gym 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
I encourage all women over 30 to get a saliva hormone test with their Naturopathic Doctor – ND’s test for estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and the stress hormone cortisol.
This test helps to uncover hormonal imbalances and if anything is off, you are given the opportunity to address the problem sooner than later.
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 get off the pill.
Perhaps it’s time to consider another form of birth control?
Additional advice to help you:
Keep your body fertile by taking a high quality pharmaceutical grade multivitamin, purified omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), folic acid, selenium and zinc.
The ultimate goal is to ensure your body is receiving all essential vitamins and nutrients, particularly the important ones which boost 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 who have no desire to be a father.
If you’ve been dating unavailable men, it’s time to do the work and break this unhealthy dating 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 not be great swimmers.
He may also need some extra vitamin C, zinc, selenium, ginseng, folic acid, and coenzyme Q10 to improve sperm motility, sperm count, and sperm quality.
Tip #5: Both of You 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 boosting fertility naturally, liver detoxification is essential.
It has been touted as the ultimate prescription to keeping men and women healthy, young and fertile.
Chemicals, stress, and toxins have a negative effect on fertility. You may want to invest in your health and start a total body cleansing program. It 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!