Fertility Notes

Ancient Asian Fertility Art Tapestry - Imagery For a Happy Family

For many hopeful parents, the desire to have a child can be all-consuming and stress-inducing. It can find them asking, "Why can’t we conceive?” Some women might battle medical conditions which need to be remedied, like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome, while others suffer from poor egg quality. For decades, scientists have tried to determine if the worry of infertility causes the stress that results in infertility or if the stress of our daily lives causes infertility. Likely it's both. Researchers agree that managing stress levels may increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Visualization and Bodywork modalities are holistic options which can contribute to stress reduction.

VISUALIZATION

The power of thinking positively and putting our energy and thoughts behind it can be beneficial. Try this simple exercise: Upon waking and before you go to bed, set aside five to 10 minutes and lay quietly in your bed. Eliminate all interruptions and place your hands on your abdomen. Inhale to a count of five, and then exhale to a count of five to establish an easy rhythm of breathing, focusing on the rising and falling of your body. Then start to visualize an energetic force inside that, with each breath, grows stronger. Begin to feel your belly fill with this energetic force and allow your mind to envision yourself pregnant. Invite all your senses to experience yourself pregnant.

BODYWORK

Wellness practitioners offer an extensive range of bodywork modalities, and the power of the healing touch has proven to be vital to stress reduction. You may be familiar with massage and acupuncture, both of which have been shown to reduce cortisol levels and improve overall fertility. Craniosacral therapy is another option to explore. This subtle touch therapy works with natural and unique rhythms of our different body systems to pinpoint and correct source problems. Craniosacral therapy not only calms the nervous system but also addresses restrictions in the pelvis that can affect conception and can help release trauma stored on a cellular level that, in turn, can affect fertility.

Above excerpts by Becca Edwards, a wellness professional, freelance writer, and owner of b.e.WELL+b.e.CREATIVE (bewellbecreative.com)