Boost Your Chances of Falling Pregnant in Your 40s

Natural FertlityFertility can decline in women once they hit 40. But don’t despair! Here are some hints and tips on improving your fertility in your 40’s.

Astrology: When the moon has the same lunar phase as the day you were born (new moon, full moon etc) a 2nd spontaneous ovulation occurs. Dr Jonas was a Czech gynaecologist and astrologer in the 1950’s. He stumbled across ancient Babylonian Astrological texts explaining the correlation with the moon and fertility. Dr. Kurt Rechnitz expanded on the work of Dr Jonas by including measurements of women’s basal temperature shifts. If you know your date, time and place of birth an astrologer will be able to tell you your moon phase and boost your conception opportunities.

Improve Thyroid function: Stress is the BIGGEST obstacle to fertility. Stress can be detrimental to the thyroid and if your thyroid function is compromised, it can affect your fertility. Seaweed (in the form of nori sheets, seaweed salads etc) can help if your thyroid is below par (hypothyroidism).

Xenoestrogens: These are synthetic oestrogens found in MANY household products. They mimic natural oestrogen and can lead to symptoms of oestrogen dominance including endometriosis, fibroids and PMS. Easy ways to eliminate xenoestrogens include:

  • ·        avoid storing or heating food in plastic containers. Use glass/ceramic bowls instead.
  • ·        throw out all household cleaners and use only bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar.
  • ·        eat only organic meat as it will be hormone and chemical-free.
  • ·        use baking parchment instead of cling film to wrap food.
  • ·        discard any body products containing parabens and use only paraben-free items.

Phytoestrogens: Do you have more facial hair than you did months ago? Is your waistline expanding despite your healthy lifestyle? Your oestrogen levels may be dropping. However, plants can be used to naturally boost oestrogen levels. Phytoestrogens are plant-based oestrogens. Soy beans (NOT soy milk or tofu) and flaxseed oil have high levels of phytoestrogens. Soy beans are available in tins and can be used in salads or to make a fabulous hummus. Choose edamane in Japanese restaurants or take-aways as they are immature soybeans still in their pods. Flaxseed oil can be used as salad dressing or added to smoothies. It must be stored in the fridge else it will go rancid!

Antioxidants: Egg quality can reduce in women in their 40’s, so antioxidant foods must be consumed daily. These include foods containing vitamin C and E as wells as purple foods. Include the following foods in your diet to lessen the effects of free-radical damage to your eggs:

  • ·        blueberries, blackberries raspberries
  • ·        oranges, grapefruits, kiwis
  • ·        pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans
  • ·        Sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts

Anita Chakraburtty (MSc Chem, B.Nat, Dip.Nut, Cert.Astrology) is a Naturopath who specialises in female and male reproductive health, fertility, labour, and chronic skin conditions. As a member of the FAA (Federation of Australian Astrology), Anita uses ancient astrological techniques to boost conception success. For further fertility information visit www.anitanaturallifestyle.com.au and www.nononsenseastrology.com.au