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You’ve been trying for a while, and you’re still only seeing the single blue line on a pregnancy test. You are still excited and nervous, but losing a little bit of heart. Stress and worry starts creeping in. You start asking yourself, “Will I ever get pregnant?”

You’re not alone in your struggles. You never know what to expect when you decide to “start trying”—it may be right away or it may take a while. You also don’t know how you will react emotionally to the process of trying to get pregnant. Pregnancy and parenthood are two of the most challenging things a couple can go through. And no matter how much you read about it or talk to folks who have been through it, there is no way to fully prepare for or anticipate what will happen throughout your period of trying to conceive, your pregnancy, and ultimately your life as a parent. You gotta roll with the punches!

But you want to help the process along—nothing wrong with that! There are supplements and herbal remedies that have anecdotal evidence of working for couples trying to conceive. In general, eating food is more beneficial than taking a supplement, so see if these herbs come in food form at your local health food store. If not, the capsules should be fine too.

Vitex

This is becoming the go-to natural supplement to help women’s hormones regain balance, especially relating to ovulation. It is thought to help the pituitary gland with regulating estrogen and progesterone levels, so that a woman can ovulate every cycle. Obviously, you need to ovulate in order to have a baby, so if you suspect that this is what’s happening, this may be one to check out! Vitex is a common name for a berry called chaste berry, which was thought to help medieval monks to remain “chaste.” Ironic that now it is used as a fertility aid!

Red Clover

This plant is thought to help nourish and strengthen the uterus, which is never a bad thing when you’re wanting to conceive! It contains calcium and magnesium, which can help with nervous system function and overall good health.

Siberian Ginseng

You’ve heard of this one—it’s in all the energy drinks. It is also thought to regulate hormone levels and improve overall wellness and fertility.

Ginkgo Biloba



You’ve probably heard of this one, too—often paired with ginseng. It is believed to improve blood flow and help with memory loss. It also functions as an antioxidant in the body, so that never hurts! It may help with blood flow to reproductive organs, making it a great option for a reproductive supplement.

PABA

This is a B Complex vitamin thought to help women conceive. B vitamins seem to assist with a variety of things related to conceiving and pregnancy, although the reasoning behind this is not currently understood. It could be that modern woman lack vitamin B-rich diets, and that when the B vitamins are restored in a woman’s body, her “reproductivity” can function at a healthy level (that’s just speculation, though). B vitamins do help a person’s general well-being, so they may be worth looking at for that reason as well.

Antioxidants

Vitamins C & E are super-important in maintaining a healthy body! They help prevent and repair cellular damage caused by free radicals. This will likely result in increased energy and vitality (which will likely also show up in the bedroom!), and will help with reproductive organ health. Food sources of vitamins C & E are best, but if you are worried that your diet isn’t rich enough in these antioxidants, feel free to pop a pill (it’s good to start taking prenatal vitamins before you conceive).

Green tea is another antioxidant that can help you conceive. You probably know about all the health benefits of green tea, so make sure to keep sipping! It does contain caffeine, though, so be aware of that. There is not thought to be any harm in caffeine for women trying to conceive and a cup or two during pregnancy should be fine, but some women choose to avoid it altogether.

Exercise

This is the best natural remedy there is! It doesn’t cost anything, and it helps overall mental and physical well-being. Before you head to the store for supplements, go for a walk a day and see if it helps!

So there are some herbs and supplements to start with! A note about natural: “natural” is not a synonym for “good” or “healthy”—there are lots of natural things that are seriously bad for you! Because natural supplements and herbal remedies do not have strict quality-control measures like the pharmaceuticals industry does, make sure you do research on a company before buying their products. Also, make sure you talk to your health care provider before you start any herbal supplement, as these supplements can be contraindicated with some drugs, or even with other herbal supplements (just because they’re natural doesn’t mean you can just load up on ‘em!). Remember, anything that is good for your health when you’re not trying to conceive is likely also good for your health when you are! Good luck!

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