Finding it difficult to get pregnant?
Finding it difficult to conceive?
It’s always hard when you are trying month after month for a baby, and it isn’t happening. In fact, it takes an average of eight to twelve months to conceive and for most people there is more an impatience than an inability to conceive. In our experience, the important thing if you are at this stage is to take a comprehensive look at all the physical, emotional, psychological, and lifestyle factors that could be affecting you and your partner’s fertility alongside all the usual medical diagnosis and investigations. Making a baby is a whole body event and things like weight, fitness, how well you’re eating and sleeping, and work-life balance all have important roles to play too and can often make the difference between conceiving successfully or not. Particularly the older you and your partner are.
The good news is that there’s usually lots of things to try that may help, that you may not have considered up until now.
For example, are you as well informed as you could be? There’s lots of very good books on the subject to choose from and if you haven’t read any up until now, there’s a few of Zita’s that you could find very helpful.
If you think you’ve got to the stage where you need something more detailed and personalised than you can get from a book, you might want to try one of our fantastic live video consultations (or, of course, if you live in or near London, you might prefer to come into our London clinic instead):
Diet & Nutrition Planning consultation
This really helps to give a checklist of do’s and don’ts for those finding it difficult to get pregnant, and provides a clear, individualised plan of action that you can’t get from just reading books.
Our “Plan Ahead” test-kit may also be helpful. Based on the results from a simple pin-prick sample you can take at home, the test checks a woman’s ovarian reserve (how many eggs you have). Combined with your answers to our “Plan Ahead” questionnaire and a half-hour consultation with one of our fertility nurses or midwives (by live video-link or in person), it’s designed to give women a better understanding of their fertility potential, as well as the next steps they may want to take.
It can be really important that you’re both eating and drinking all the right things too.The quality of your eggs and sperm as well as other metabolic factors linked to your fertility are closely tied to your nutritional health and it’s very important to make sure that you’re both getting the right supply of all the most critical vitamins and minerals.Even if you think you’re on top of all this we’d always recommend that you both take some good quality specialised supplements as well, if only as an insurance policy. Many couples who seem to have healthy and well balanced diets can still be failing to get all the nutrients they need. Missed and rushed mealtimes, smoking, drinking and stress, and the depleted nutritional value of many farmed foods can all lead to poor digestion and dietary deficiencies. The food that goes into our mouths doesn’t necessarily end up going into our bodies! We’ve a great range of vitamin and mineral supplements specially developed to help fill in any gaps.
Acupuncture may help too. Thousands of women also use acupuncture to help support their fertility and prepare them for conception. We have a national network of Zita West affiliates all of whom are specialists in the use of acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy.