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Hitting Snooze on Your Biological Clock
a blog by Helen Denise, CEO, Knowhen®, May 28, 2013
A new era for women is kicking in full swing throughout vast regions of the globe. Many have set down their laundry baskets and picked up laptops, traded in their mini van for a small coupe, left the house for a corporate office, and delayed raising children for extensive world travel. In short, women can live like – well – like men, who have been afforded the option for such a lifestyle for many years.
There is a growing consensus in our culture pertaining to the life of the modern woman. It can be extremely rewarding to experience those extra years in life wherein the focus is on your health, both physically and spiritually. Research suggests that growing your individual identity as a woman prior to shaping the lives of your precious offspring typically comes with many rich benefits for the entire family.
Then one day you wake up and realize that something is missing. A void in your life once filled by climbing up the ladder in your career, sampling fine wines, rising to a breakfast in Tuscany…is no longer vibrant. You don’t have regrets, only a longing to fulfill the new vacancy in your heart. But you’re 40, and the buzzing from your biological clock is resonating vigorously in your head.
If this sounds like you, let us shed some light on trying to conceive at the age of 40 plus. The great news is, you’re not alone. In the past few decades, childbirths per capita have only risen for women between the ages of 40-44. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of conceiving during this phase of your life.
One of the most helpful things within your control is your diet. Switching to a whole food diet has been shown to increase fertility and egg health. Of course, it is vital that you avoid negative lifestyle decisions such as alcohol consumption and smoking.
Regular exercise is another important aspect of preparing your body to conceive, and is extremely beneficial to experiencing a healthy pregnancy. Sweating on a regular basis will help rid your body of harmful toxins, as well as preparing for the pains of labor. Fertility yoga is a great resource for those who can find it, and has also been known to improve uterine health.
If you feel like you are healthy enough and prepared to conceive, it is imperative that you know your cycle. Has it been a while since you thought about it? I can pretty much guarantee that it has changed dramatically since your twenties, and the key to becoming pregnant lies within your own fertility code.
Prepare yourself. Make good lifestyle choices, get yourself into shape, and use the resources at your fingertips to put together a line-up of meal choices that will prepare your body for conception. Above all, get in touch with your fertility code and consistently track your ovulation cycle to achieve success.