Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Is Your Body Baby Ready?

If you have been trying to conceive with no success, your body may not be ‘baby ready’. The great news is, making targeted changes can help you to fall pregnant faster and maintain a healthy viable pregnancy.

For many women, the key to improving fertility naturally is to ensure healthy hormonal balance.  One such hormone is insulin. This hormone is so easily influenced and is the key to overall hormone balance, regular ovulatory cycles, optimal egg quality, healthy embryo development and implantation.  It also plays a role in maintaining the PH of cervical mucus.


So What Exactly Does Insulin Do?

Understanding the influence of insulin is the first step in the right direction to making pregnancy happen.  Symptoms of imbalance can include cravings, weight gain, mood swings, headaches and insomnia.

Although maintaining balanced insulin levels can be challenging, it is widely agreed that dietary changes, although an integral component healthy insulin balance; are not the only influence. 

Researchers now agree that there are other underlying factors aside from diet such as  infection, toxins, digestive problems, stress and immune irregularities that can influence  insulin secretion. [i] [ii] [iii] This is why identifying and addressing these underlying factors plays such an important role in ensuring your body is baby ready.

My Solution is Simple. 
Solve the Problem That Others Seem to Ignore.

The good news is, improvement in these areas can be achieved with a little helping hand from mother nature.  Getting things right takes expertise, guidance and an individualized approach.  

The best way to improve fertility naturally is to peel back the layers and get to the root cause.  Without this important step, all your efforts may merely be bandaging symptoms.  Although this can take time and requires expertise, the results can be startling. Restoring balance to each of these levels will dramatically increase your odds of conceiving.  The great news is, with the right guidance and advice, you can restore balance. 

In my experience, fertility challenges stem from a combination of factors that don't come down to a single test result or finding.  Isolating these causes is fundamental to improving pre-conceptive health.  This is why I recommend my patients complete my full fertility profile and assessment.

I've had amazing success with women faced with challenges and am confident to say that once your body is baby ready, you will dramatically increase your odds of falling pregnant faster and have a healthy pregnancy.

Narelle Stegehuis, is a practicing naturopath and medical herbalist with over 30,000 hrs of in-clinic experience specializing in the natural treatment of women's health and fertility. She is both an accomplished writer, editor and recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award. 
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[i] Wang, C.-H., Wang, C.-C. and Wei, Y.-H. (2010), Mitochondrial dysfunction in insulin insensitivity: implication of mitochondrial role in type 2 diabetes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1201: 157–165. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05625.x
[ii] Tehrani, A. Bonakdar., Nezami, B. G., Gewirtz, A. and Srinivasan, S. (2012), Obesity and its associated disease: a role for microbiota?. Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 24: 305–311. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2982.2012.01895.x 
[iii] Yasuhiro Uchida, Kyosuke Takeshita, Koji Yamamoto, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Takayuki Nakayama, Mieko Nomura, Xian Wu Cheng, Kensuke Egashira, Tadashi Matsushita, Hideo Nakamura, and Toyoaki Murohara.  Stress Augments Insulin Resistance and Prothrombotic State: Role of Visceral Adipose-Derived Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1 Diabetes June 2012 61:1552-1561; published ahead of print March 6, 2012, doi:10.2337/db11-0828