Many women deal with infertility, miscarriage or difficulty conceiving. If you want to try a natural route to addressing issues like this, there are a few great routes to go.
One thing you can try is Hypnosis. All the negative messages which may have been given to you by your doctors — or even by childhood messages — can be over-ridden by a few sessions with a hypnotist trained in this modality. The client is helped to enter a relaxed and suggestible state, in which stress can be overcome, allowing the body to do its own healing work.
Also, don’t underestimate the need to have excellent nutrition prior to conception. Increase the folic acid and iron in your diet and also cut out high fructose corn syrup and increase your vegetable intake. Try to grow at least a few veggies in your garden or a community garden, or buy organic at least in those cases of fruits or vegetables which are most affected by the toxins in pesticides. In case you don’t know what these are, fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has compiled a list of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables with the most, and a list of the “Clean 15” with the least pesticide residue. You can stretch your dollar by buying the Dirty Dozen organic and the Clean 15 conventionally.
Dirty Dozen: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines – imported, grapes – imported, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries – domestic, lettuce and kale/collard greens.
Clean 15: onions, sweet corn (you may want to purchase this organically to avoid genetically engineered corn), pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe – domestic, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms.
When I taught Holistic Nutrition at a community college I always recommended The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and Harvest For Hope by Jane Goodall (yes, that Jane Goodall). Another good recent publication is the Wheat Belly Cookbook. Many people have gluten intolerances which they may not even be aware of. If you are often unwell, or have stomach issues, it is worthwhile checking out the possibility and modifying your diet if necessary.
Just know that there are options out there that you can persue on your own or with the help of a naturopath. Don’t feel lost and discouraged.
Christine Nightengale, B.A., C.H., R.M. (www.nightingalehealing.com) has been an Alternative therapist for 15 years and is a Certified Hypnotherapist.
The material provided here is for general information purposes only and is not medical advice. Readers should always seek professional medical advice or diagnosis from an appropriate, qualified and practicing medical physician.