After doing the no pants dance around ovulation, the two weeks of tortuous waiting can do a number on your stress level. And stress and the hormones it triggers, as we all know, can significantly reduces your chances of conception. What if, instead of just waiting around for those two magic lines, there were some practical ways you could help increase your chances of successful implantation and conception?
Now you can: Yoga.
Why it Works
- Increases circulation around reproductive organs
- Calms the central nervous system
- Gently detoxifies the body
- Increases immunity
- Reduces the release of stress hormones that disrupt fertility
What to Focus On
When practicing any yoga move, it’s essential to focus on your breath. Deep, rhythmic breathing helps increase circulation and calms the mind. During each pose, focus your mind inward, releasing thoughts that cause stress and anxiety. While holding a pose, with each breath, picture vital blood and circulation flowing to your reproductive organs, pressing your breath and focus downward.
How Long and How Often
Though it may take a few weeks to work up to it, it is ideal to hold the gentle poses we’re covering in this article for at least three minutes. Listen to your body, push only as far as comfortable, and take breaks when necessary. Three minutes of each pose gives you ample time to move deeply into the pose, release your stress, and focus your mind on your inner calm and breathing.
Practice as often as possible - every day or even multiple times each day.
Get a Move On
Yoga, in general, is a beautiful practice with huge benefits to mind, body and spirit, but there are a few specific poses that uniquely benefit fertility:
1. Legs up the Wall Pose
This pose is not only powerful as part of your normal routine by relaxing the body and increasing blood flow to the pelvic area, it can also help encourage the spermies to make their way to your ovaries immediately after sex.
2. Seated Forward Bend
This relaxing pose helps stimulate the ovaries and uterus, and provides a powerful stretch to the lower back, hips, neck and hamstrings.
3. Butterfly Pose
Not only does this pose help increase the flexibility in your hips and pelvis, it can also act to detoxify the the groin region and stimulates circulation.
4. Child’s Pose
This pose gently stretches the lower body and back, increasing blood flow to the pelvis, while allowing you the opportunity to calm your mind and body through deep breathing and relaxation.
5. Reclining Bound Angel Pose
Though this can be a “tight” position for many people intitally, practicing this pose consistent reaps be rewards. This deep stretch to your inner thighs and hips helps boost blood flow to your pelvic region and provides you the opportunity to rest your mind and body.
6. Bridge Pose
This gentle pose not only helps increase circulation to your ovaries and uterus, it strengthens your hips, thighs and butt.
7. Yogic Sleep
Oh, how I love this pose. Many yogis call this “conscious sleep” because of the relaxing and meditative state it facilitates. I typically close my eyes, resting my hands on my lower abdomen, deeply breathe in and out, focusing my mind and breath on my reproductive area. This is a great time to mediate, pray or practice your positive affirmations about your body, your ability to conceive, etc.
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Need more ideas to help boost fertility? I had a good belly laugh at this article. While most of these tips (like throwing your underwear on the roof and chugging baboon urine) are unlikely to actually increase your odds of getting pregnant, laughing definitely helps reduce stress and get your blood pumping. So, it’s a slam dunk.
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