It’s a common question, so common you can feel it coming before the words even come out of her mouth. “So….when are you going to have another one?”
You *know* that you’re so lucky to have the children you’ve got.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that you feel that part of your family is still missing. It can be so isolating when you struggle to get pregnant again because if you talk about it, you’re so worried it might sound like you’re ungrateful.
If you are struggling to get pregnant again, you are not alone. Here are five tips to help you on your journey.
If you are breastfeeding your first child, it will make it very difficult to conceive again. Your body is designed to avoid pregnancy when you are feeding another child so that you have enough nutrition to look after your own body.
It’s a good idea to wait a few months after you’ve finished breastfeeding to allow your body to build up it’s resources again before trying to get pregnant.
2. Trauma during pregnancy or birth
If you experienced a traumatic pregnancy or birth with your first child, this may be an unconscious block to getting pregnant again. Seek support from a friend, counsellor or fertility coach to help you resolve these issues and move forward.
3. Healthy lifestyle
When you already have little ones in your life, it can be much more difficult to look after yourself properly. By keeping track of your food and movement, you’ll be more aware of how well you are eating. This self-awareness can really help you prioritise eating well and looking after yourself.
Nurture fertility journal is the perfect tool to keep track of what you’re eating and drinking and how much you’re moving. Download a free 7-day copy here
4. Irregular periods
Sometimes it can take a little while for your periods to return to normal after you’ve had a child. If your periods are still irregular (or were never regular), acupuncture can be really beneficial.
Studies have shown that seeing an acupuncturist regularly for several months can rebalance your hormones and encourage a more regular cycle.
It can be really hard to get enough sleep when you have so much going on. Getting enough sleep is essential for your overall health as well as your fertility health. Ensure that you prioritise sleep and get to bed early enough to get your 8 hours. my bedtime is currently 9 pm!
If your little ones still wake during the night, ask your partner to get up with them at least once a week to give you a full night and nap if possible!
The most important thing is to look after yourself first, as hard as that is with little ones.
This is a guest post by Nicola Salmon.
Nicola is a Fertility Coach & Accupuncturist. She supports women who are struggling to get pregnant to make the best decisions about their own health and wellbeing. To find out more about Nicola and read her own wonderful blog, please do head to her website. You can find it HERE