A recent study from The Office for National Statistics revealed that younger women were putting off having children, with many choosing to prioritise their careers.
While the over 40’s were the only age group with a growing pregnancy rate for the first time ever.
We’ve asked Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health and author of Getting Pregnant Faster to give us her top tips on how women over 40 can help boost their fertility the natural way.
How can you boost your fertility naturally?
“Although you cannot change how many eggs you have, you can certainly change their quality. By improving the quality of your eggs, you are increasing your chances of conceiving naturally and also preventing miscarriage.
Three months is the magic number to change the quality of your eggs. It takes approximately that long for the follicles on your ovaries to develop before one is mature enough to release an egg at ovulation. Research has shown that making changes in your diet and lifestyle for both you and your partner can increase your chances of conceiving. As well as eating a healthy diet, it is important to know that certain substances can lower fertility, such as caffeine and alcohol.”
Swap your ‘bad fats’ for ‘good fats’
“We know that ‘bad’ fats can promote inflammation in the body, which in turn can have a negative impact on female and male hormones. Trans fats have no nutritional value at all and are used by the food industry to give products flavour and stability. These fats harden cell membranes so this can adversely affect egg fertilisation, as the egg ‘shell’ has to be nice and ‘soft’ to allow the sperm to penetrate and fertilise.” Ditch the fast food and processed, packaged foods for good fats found in salmon, mackerel, avocado and nuts.
The natural supplement
“As well as looking at what you eat and drink there is now a great deal of scientific knowledge about the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects on boosting fertility. The most important nutrients for fertility are zinc, folic acid, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, and omega 3 fatty acids.”
Feeling stressed trying to conceive? Try Restorative yoga to calm your body and your mind. Maija Kivelä, yoga instructor at the new holistic wellness boutique, Maître of Thyme explains, “Restorative yoga is a mellow and slow-paced style of yoga that will have you holding positions longer. This style focuses on poses that invigorate your immune system and stretch out the aches and pains of the week.