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Yoga for Fertility

I call it the conception conundrum. As women, it seems like we spend much of our adult lives trying NOT to get pregnant, and if we have trouble conceiving when we do decide to start a family, it feels like an evil cosmic joke. Getting pregnant when you finally decide you are ready to become a mom can be more complicated than just forgoing the birth control.

In these situations, there is the medical route, which can be very expensive, invasive and doesn’t always work. Since people think of these practices (like IVF) as the last resort, many want-to-be moms are turning to alternative practices to optimize their chances of getting prego, such as acupuncture and Fertility Yoga classes.

Is there scientific proof or research that these alternative therapies work? To find out

There's really no hard scientific evidence that these methods are effective, but if you had your heart set on having a baby, wouldn't you try anything and everything? After talking to many of my mom friends, I would say that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that supports these alternative routes. Some women have had great success, and doctors think it may have to do with how these practices stimulate reproductive organs and increase blood flow to their hips and pelvis.

Yoga and acupuncture also help to reduce stress. If a person is worried or anxious, it can have an effect on your hormones and ovulation - remember how stress can affect your period? Plus these hopeful women are constantly being bombarded by questions from friends and relatives asking "What's wrong? When are you having a baby?" Yoga classes and acupuncture sessions can give them a break from thinking about it, and the relaxation can hopefully have a positive affect on their bodies.


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ladi33bug ladi33bug 8 years
I'm currently doing acupuncture right now and just recently read up about Fertility Yoga!! I will definitely give this a try. I can't seem to find any Yoga studios that offers this service so I guess it'll do w/a DVD.
jmarsh jmarsh 9 years
It took several years for me to get pregnant with my now-18-month-old twins. My first round of hormone shots didn't work. I started doing a Yoga 4 Fertility DVD from Netflix before the 2nd try. Not only was I more flexible then I have ever been in my life, I also got pregnant. I'm not saying the yoga is the cause (the fertility specialist helped a little...), but it was VERY relaxing. I would go into the ladies' room at work and do some of the poses during the day. Interesting mental image, I know. Obviously I only did the poses you could do standing up.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
Makes complete sense to me. Thanks for posting Fit. I am going to pass this around to a few friends.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I love this...what a beautiful way to get in touch with your body before conception!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Yoga makes a lot of sense for women who are trying to conceive. It's so true what they say about how stress can prolong pregnancy.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
i am trying acu to have my second child, had my first child no problem, but my cycle has been messed up since the birth, hoping acu helps!
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