When you’ve decided to start trying for a baby, you can have lots of fun letting nature take its course. But after ditching the contraceptives, there’s plenty you can do to increase your chances of conceiving. Here’s four tried and trusted natural & alternative treatments that can help you get upregnant.
It was the ancient Chinese who first mapped the network of energy points that covers the human body. Different points regulate how your body and mind function. An acupuncturist uses small, disposable needles to release and regulate the body’s energy. This restores the balance throughout. You may be apprehensive about being stuck with needles, but it won’t hurt at all. On the contrary: most people find the treatment very relaxing.
Acupuncture is very popular, and with good reason. It’s been reported to have a high rate of success treating all manner of ailments, including infertility.
- Cranial Osteopathy
First developed in the eighteenth century, cranial osteopathy relies on the osteopath’s advanced knowledge of anatomy.
The osteopath uses his hands to detect where your bones and muscles are misaligned. Such misalignments can cause stress. Light pressure in just the right places will release that stress. Cranial osteopathy is quite similar to acupuncture, so if you don’t like the idea of needles, an osteopath might be the way to go. It’s a very gentle treatment, suitable for anyone from tiny babies to the fragile elderly. During a session, you will only feel the warmth of the osteopath’s hands and a slow, blissful release of tension.
- Herbal supplements
Nettles, red clover and red raspberry leaves are all associated with conception. Although these could be taken individually, it is essential to get good advice from a qualified herbalist. The wrong supplements, or even the wrong amounts, can do more damage than good. A better option would be to take a commercial pre-pregnancy supplement. A number of these are available in any pharmacy. This will guarantee that you get the right amounts. A commercial supplement is also convenient, because all you will need to take is one daily tablet. It’ll also contain things like folic acid, which is important for the early development of your baby when you do get pregnant.
Natural conception is sometimes prevented by things that have nothing to do with your reproductive organs. Work related stress, money worries, and apprehension about the big decision to try for a baby can all have knock-on effects on your ability to conceive. Homeopaths take a holistic approach. They view the body as a whole, and can identify many subtle underlying issues. Homeopaths treat with extracts of plants, minerals and metals.
Be natural, be safe
Alternative and natural medicine are safe when practiced by a qualified professional. Many couples successfully use these treatments to help them conceive, but you should get expert advice. Someone without the proper training and experience can do more harm than good. Make sure your practitioner is qualified and insured. Use the website of the various professional associations to find out more detail on what to look out for.
And once you’ve gotten that positive pregnancy test, or if you’ve any concerns at all, do make sure to visit your doctor as well!