Increasing Fertility in Women

Here are some tips to help women increase their fertility and conceive a healthy baby.


| February 2015



Fertility in Women

According to the American Pregnancy Association, one third of fertility problems are due to male issues, one third are due to women’s issues with the rest unexplained.


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A healthy body is the first step in ensuring a healthy baby. In Conceiving Healthy Babies (New Society Publishers, 2014), author Dawn Combs provides information on hundreds of different herbs and focuses on their impact on building a healthy baby. This excerpt, which focuses on herbs and strategies to increase fertility in women, is from the section, “Strategies for Building a Healthy Baby.”

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Increasing Fertility in Women

Our models in nature contrast sharply with the way we currently live our lives. In nature, you must have roots before branches. The tree focuses on healthy roots before anything else. If transplanted, it might drop its leaves to put energy into first building healthy roots. It certainly would never focus energy to produce fruit unless all was right within itself.

Reproduction is an important function in the plant world, but if a plant is imbalanced you might see it die all the way back to the roots, store its energy and try again next year when it is healthy. We are acting contrary to our teachers in nature when we try to not just create branches but produce fruit before our roots are strong and our trunk is whole. We need to take care of ourselves first before we can properly nurture someone else.

When you discover that you are struggling to have a baby, minutes start to matter. With such a busy life, it can feel as though there just isn’t enough time to slow down and fix your own issues, whether mental or physical. Many women pack these imbalances up in a box and set them aside so they won’t interfere with the more important goal at hand. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t operate that way. We cannot compartmentalize dysfunction because we are complex systems. We must be whole and balanced in order to foster a new life that is whole and balanced. Some women may be able to conceive despite imbalance, but why be in such a rush? It is important to know how safe the many allopathic medications one might take while building a baby are, but quite honestly, this becomes a non-issue if we slow down and heal our imbalances before we try to conceive.

As a child I learned a song about a wise man and a foolish man. The foolish man built his house upon the sand and it washed away during a rainstorm. The wise man built his house upon the rock and his house withstood the storm. What a great metaphor for how to build a new life. Build your baby’s foundation on the solid bedrock of your fully nourished and healthy body. It is much more complex than the difference between being foolish and wise. No woman wishes to provide a shaky foundation for her child, and it doesn’t happen because she is foolish. We are building shaky foundations because our culture is not properly supporting us to create solid ones.





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