Couples Who are Trying to Conceive
Couples who are trying to conceive, or are having difficulty conceiving, will often turn to just about anything that they hear might give them an added chance of getting pregnant. While there are numerous myths and old wives’ tales out there, there are a few things you can do to increase your fertility and thereby increase your chance of becoming pregnant. Yoga and acupuncture are two such holistic methods by which you can increase your fertility.
Yoga has been Practiced for Thousands of Years
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, and its purpose is to connect, or improve the connection, between the mind and body. Breathing techniques and certain postures are utilized to create a balance between the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical states of the body.
Believers in the health benefits of yoga will tell you that yoga can improve your fertility by manipulating the body’s energy points, or chakras. Certain postures are aimed at opening the pelvis, and stimulating the second chakra, which has long been associated with fertility.
Regardless if you believe in the healing power of chakras, there is a real benefit to practicing yoga while trying to conceive. The first reason is that yoga can drastically reduce stress levels. Stress and trying to conceive don’t mix. The second reason is that yoga increases the body’s blood flow which can bring added nutrients to a woman’s reproductive organs. Finally, practicing yoga with your partner can bring you closer together, and may help you forget that you’re having problems conceiving, if only for a little while.
Acupuncture is Another Holistic
Acupuncture is another holistic approach that can be taken to improve your chances of conceiving. While many may dismiss acupuncture as nonsense, it has been successfully used as a form of alternative treatments for thousands of years. In addition, a 2002 German study found that acupuncture may indeed work. This particular study examined 160 women who were undergoing fertility treatments. Half of these women received acupuncture treatments, in addition to the fertility treatments; the other half only had the fertility treatments. Pregnancy rates from among those women using both traditional fertility treatments and acupuncture were significantly higher.