Lovekins: Trying for a baby? Here’s what you should know

Lovekins: Trying for a baby? Here’s what you should know
2023 - 03 - 27

Lovekins: Trying for a baby? Here’s what you should know

Planning on having a baby soon or actively trying? If it’s taking longer than you’d like or you’re not sure where to start, don’t panic - but do start looking at ways to support your fertility.

Whether you’re just starting to consider having a baby in the near future or you’re already on your prenatal vitamins and actively trying, the experience can be exciting - but also overwhelming. Should you do preconception care? What are the roadblocks to conceiving? When should you be worried that it hasn’t happened yet? And what are some of the tried and tested natural medicine approaches to supporting fertility and a healthy pregnancy?

Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors to consider outside of the bedroom.

Potential challenges to conceiving:

  • Female reproductive disorders such as PCOS, fibroids, thyroid conditions, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and anovulation
  • Male reproductive issues such as low sperm count or motility, poor sperm quality
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • High stress/ cortisol levels
  • Advanced age
  • Untreated chlamydia or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Long-term hormonal medication*

*This doesn’t mean you can’t fall pregnant, it may just take a bit longer - if you are considering conceiving in the next year or so and you’re still taking hormonal contraception, talk to your doctor about switching your contraceptive method to a barrier method or IUD.

Natural support for fertility health:

  • Prenatal supplements
  • Herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga

Myths about fertility:

  • Infertility is the woman’s fault.
  • Your health doesn’t have any influence over your fertility.
  • It’ll be easy to fall pregnant if you’ve already had a child - secondary infertility impacts millions of parents.
  • IVF is the only avenue if you’re unable to conceive the old-fashioned way - there are many fertility treatment options available now.

Facts about fertility:

  • The risk of miscarriage is higher for women who smoke.
  • Women are born with between 100-200 million eggs but only approximately 500 will be released. However, the quality of your eggs is more important than the quantity.
  • Weight can impact fertility - either being severely over or underweight and this goes for men and women. Weight can also affect the health of the pregnancy when you do conceive.
  • Fertility awareness method is one of the most popular ways to boost the chances of conception - it’s also free, natural and non-invasive.

When to see a fertility specialist:

If you haven’t fallen pregnant despite having consistent, well-timed (i.e. when you’re ovulating) sex for 12 months if you’re under 35 or 6 months if you’re 35+ years then it’s time to discuss this with your GP. If you are 40+ years then it’s recommended to see a specialist straight away.


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