As an addition to our guide to Getting Pregnant Naturally, Kim Roman shares three herbs for fertility that support the reproductive system.
Many couples are faced with issues when trying to have a baby, and with more than 7 million women struggling to get pregnant or carry a baby to term, it’s no wonder that fertility treatments and intervention is on the rise (source). Some fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can cost upwards of $20,000 – and many women need more than one before successfully becoming pregnant.
HERBS FOR A FERTILITY CLEANSE
Not all infertility problems can be treated with herbs – some truly do need medical intervention. However, issues related to irregular cycles and ovulation, high stress, hormone imbalances or even weak uterine muscles may be helped with herbal remedies for a fertility cleanse.
TOP 3 FERTILITY BOOSTING HERBS
These three herbs that can help detoxify your body and get your fertility back in check. For a DIY fertility cleanse, you can take these herbs in supplement form (following directions for use) daily. Or you can boil them and drink as a tea. This method feels extremely soothing and replenishing. Strain the tea if you don’t like herbs and leaves floating in it. If it tastes too bitter, sweeten it with local honey.
Red Raspberry Leaf for Fertility
Probably the most widely known herb when it comes to making and having babies, red raspberry leaf is rich in nutrients like calcium, iron and B vitamins.
This herb can help to regulate menstrual cycles, making ovulation easier to predict which will increase your chances of conception. Red raspberry leaf also contains an alkaloid called fragine, which helps to strengthen the uterine wall – super useful if you do conceive in making the pregnancy stick.
Alfalfa for Fertility
High in vitamins such as C, E, and K alfalfa is actually known as a super-food, used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. For fertility, alfalfa gives your body a boost of minerals that are essential for a strong, healthy reproductive system. Not to mention alfalfa is a phytoestrogen…if you’re scratching your head you’re not alone!
Simply put, it blocks estrogen from its receptors, which helps regulate fluctuating levels of estrogen (which can be another common fertility issue).
Stinging Nettle for Fertility
As with red raspberry leaf, nettle also acts as a uterine tonic helping to strengthen and tone the uterus making a great home for a tiny growing baby.
High in calcium and magnesium, this herb also cleanses and detoxifies to clear the system of harmful toxins that may be affecting fertility. As if all that isn’t enough, stinging nettle also has a calming effect and can help reduce stress, which has a major impact on fertility.
Additional Supplements & Herbs to Get Pregnant
In addition to these herbs for fertility, the following supplements can be extremely helpful in getting pregnant naturally.
Adequate intake of Omega-3s via a high-quality supplement is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are important during ovulation. EFAs can increase blood circulation, support blood flow to the uterus, and help the follicle to release the egg. It can also help balance hormones.
Prebiotics & Probiotics
A balanced microbiome is important for nearly ever function in the body. Your microbiome and gut health are directly related. Use of antibiotics, hand sanitizer, and consuming GMO foods and sugar can all affect the gut lining. Most of us are familiar with probiotics, but we underestimate the importance of prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that feed the good bacteria present in our colon. In essence, they act as a rich fertilizer for your gut’s healthy bacteria. Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is a balanced combination of probiotics and prebiotics.
The team at Seed gets heavy into research and has found that, “unlike the gut or mouth, the vagina comprises a low biomass, specialized, and sensitive ecology. Disruptions from menstruation, sex, hygiene, diet and antibiotics can alter its composition and function.” Taking a comprehensive synbiotic can help repair those imbalances and create a more robust vaginal biome.
Folate is most beneficial to a pregnancy when taken a few months in advance. Women who are trying to conceive should get at least 2,000 micrograms a day. We’re learning that a growing number of people struggle to process the synthetic version (folic acid) and benefit more by taking folate, methylfolate, or a high quality prenatal vitamin that contains the natural methylated form.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to all kinds of immune issues. Some studies link low Vitamin D with infertility and miscarriage. Spend some time outside as often as possible. Have your levels checked and find a quality-sourced Vitamin D supplement if you need it.
Bottom line – there are a variety of ways to reap the benefits of these amazing herbs for fertility, and with hope, turn your fertility problems into a thing of the past.
Be sure to consult with your doctor or qualified specialist for suspected fertility issues. They can address any underlying health issues. You may also consider meeting with a naturopathic doctor to address nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle changes. Many women have also found acupuncture to be helpful for anxiety relief and help with fertility.