We all have a mom, grandma or even crazy aunt that once swore they had great advice on how to improve your chances of getting pregnant. Some of the advice seems bananas and some actually makes you stop an think for a while, but in most cases we end up dismissing it altogether because it all sounds unfounded. When I was trying to get pregnant I decided that maybe some of that advice had come truth to it so I decided to do some research and actually try it. I have to say, some of them seemed completely unrelated and pointless but some of it actually worked!
So open up your mind a little bit and read on. You won't believe the amount of times you'll think to yourself "My mom/grandma/crazy aunt was right!"
Wether you are on your period or your are trying to get pregnant, keep your feet warm. My mom used to tell me that if I wanted to combat the horrible cramps I got as a teenager I shouldn't walk around barefoot. She said that keeping my feet warm would help prevent them. I dismissed it then and there. Then, after a year and a half of trying to get pregnant, my research kind of confirmed her theory. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your feet are a direct reflection of your uterus. What? Yes, if you keep your feet warm you promote a cozy environment in your uterus, one that will be enticing for a fertilized egg. I was hesitant at first, since I hate sleeping with socks on, but decided to try it and couldn't believe the positive effect on my cycles and my PMS!
Same goes for your head. How many times were you running out the door with wet hair and heard your mother say: You shouldn't go out like that! You'll catch a cold! Some cultures even believe that women shouldn't wash their hair all throughout their periods. Sounds crazy right? Well, according to TCM, when you walk around with a dripping set of hair you invite dampness into your body which makes you more susceptible to colds and headaches. It is also well known that if you keep your head warm your whole body feels warmer making it more inviting for potential babies.
Avoiding cold drinks was one of the hardest things for me. It didn’t seem that much of a hassle at first but during the summer it proved to be difficult. I had a cold constitution so I immediately noticed the improvement in the fact that my hands and feet were no longer freezing, my circulation improved by 100% and that meant that the blood flow to my uterus and ovaries had increased and this actually improved their nutrient absorption. So next time you reach out for an icy cold drink, heat up some water and fix yourself a nice red raspberry leaf tea which actually helps tone your uterus.
People who eat spicy foods are more prone to get pregnant. This was one of the hardest ones for me to believe. I thought it was more like a stereotype thing because when I first heard it it was followed by: “That is why there’s a higher birth rate in countries with spicy diets!” So I thought, what does spicy foods have to do with anything!? It just happens to be that women in China, Latin America or India start having babies at a younger age and encounter less issues with their fertile health! So I digged around and turns out that chili actually can boost your fertility! It not only increases blood flow, which as I mentioned, has a positive impact on your fertile health, but also promotes the release of endorphins which are great for stress reduction and being that stress is the biggest enemy of fertility it made sense to me. I am used to spicy food so I just kept it that way, I only enjoyed my food that much more which may have reduced stress as well.
These are just a few examples of crazy advice that turned out to be right. Next time your crazy aunt comes around and says something like “Rubbing your hands four times against your left knee improves your chances of getting pregnant”, may be dig a little deeper? It might be worth your while.