How to support IMPLANTATION to get pregnant
Implantation is one of the most important pieces of conception, yet it’s also one of the pieces we know very little about, and we actually have very little influence about. We still need the magic of nature to make sure implantation happens and to help you get pregnant. Even if you are doing this with some sort of assistance like IUI and IVF, implantation is not guaranteed. So in this video today, I’m going to talk about some tips that you can start incorporating right now that may improve your body’s ability to help and facilitate implantation and make getting pregnant a little bit easier. So let’s keep watching it and let’s get into it. But before we dive into it, I just want to give a quick shout out to Fairhaven Health, our sponsor for today’s video. They produce some of the best natural supplements to help you on your fertility journey. If you want more information on their products and the company, then just use the link in the description below.
Hi, I’m Dr. Marc Sklar also known as the fertility expert, and I’ve been working with couples from all over the world for over 19 years through my online coaching programs and right here in San Diego. And fertility TV, this YouTube channel was created to help support all you on your fertility journeys to educate you on some of the things that you can be doing to improve your fertility. I wanted to make fertility information available for everyone. Because I believe so many of you have been misdiagnosed or misled to believe that there is no hope for you, that the only options for you are IVF or IUI. So as a result, this channel was created to empower you to restore your hope, to help you create your own fertility plan, and more importantly, to help you get the results that you deserve.
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Implantation is still that magical piece that we don’t know much about, yet we do try to influence and impact because that’s hopefully going to make it a little bit easier for all of you to get pregnant and stay pregnant. And actually for many of you who have had one or maybe multiple miscarriages, this may be the piece that is missing, that needs a little bit fine tuning to get you the long term results that you’re looking for.
So let’s talk about what we do know about implantation. The first thing that we need to talk about is when does implantation begin. Well, implantation starts somewhere between five to seven days after ovulation. And the other thing that’s important about implantation is that it’s a process, not a singular moment in time. It’s not like seven days after ovulation you have one moment where the embryo implants into the uterus and it’s all done. No, it’s a process that occurs over time. And if you’re like me, you believe that this actually extends into much of the first trimester. So we want to make sure that we’re supporting this process throughout, not just at one instance.
So implantation begins in that first phase, right? That somewhere between five to seven days postulation, but then it continues to go, because that embryo’s got to burrow into that uterine lining and the uterine needs to envelope it and hold it in. And so that process takes a little bit of time. For implantation to occur properly, we need a healthy uterine lining. That endometrium, right? That needs to be nice and fertile and fluffy and ready for implantation.
So how do you know if that is actually the case? Well, your menstrual cycle is giving you a clue as to the health and quality of your endometrium and uterine lining. So the better quality of your menstrual flow, the better your uterine lining is. So we want that to be a nice, bright red bleed that lasts somewhere between three to five days. And it is a little bit heavier in the beginning and then it tapers down. Some of you might have a heavier flow. Some of you might have a more medium flow, but we don’t want it to be spotting throughout. We want a better quality, and we want the tissue to shed. So when you see that tissue, the strings of tissue, that is normal. Okay? And we also want there to be less pain, less cramping, less discomfort.
Before I dive into some tips that will benefit you hopefully with implantation, I want you all to understand that implantation is actually an issue for your body. It’s as if a foreign object is trying to implant in the body, and the body recognizes that it’s a foreign object and doesn’t want it to be there. Well, if everything’s working properly, then the body will receive it in, recognize that it’s okay. It will question it for a moment, but then recognize that it’s okay and then allow it to implant. We have issues or reoccurring pregnancy loss potentially when that’s not functioning properly. When your immune system is recognizing that that’s a foreign object and attacking it and not letting it implant. And this can be an issue. And is one of the more common issues when we do have reoccurring pregnancy loss.
So as a result, we need to make sure that your immune system is calm, relaxed, ready to receive, not ready to attack it. So as a result of that tip number one has to do with your immune system. We want to support your immune system and the way it functions. So what are some of the things that you can actually do to support that? Well, number one, and one of the safest, most important things you can do to boost your immune system is take vitamin D. Vitamin D has profound effects throughout almost every aspect of your body and how it functions. And immunity is one of those benefits, and supporting fertility is also another one of those benefits. So vitamin D should be part of your daily supplement regimen that you take.
In addition to that, we often hear or many of you often hear that you should be eating pineapple if you are trying to promote implantation. Well, that may or may not be true. We actually don’t know. There’s not a significant amount of research to promote eating pineapple to improve implantation. And I’ve looked high and low have never found any. But if there are some benefits to pineapple, it’s because it has a nutrient called bromelain, which is a benefit to our immune system and reduces inflammation. That bromelain can be beneficial for implantation, if that is the case. But yet again, I have not found the research to support that, but I also don’t think eating pineapple will be harmful for you if you don’t have a lot of it. So it doesn’t upset your stomach. So a little bit of pineapple, some vitamin D, that’s the start of the first step to improving your body’s ability to allow implantation to occur.
Number two is taking care of stress. We always need to address stress levels for any aspect of our health. Fertility is no different. So our second thing that we need to do to help implantation is reduce and manage our stress levels. Stress makes everything harder. If you are under stress, your body doesn’t want to allow that embryo to implant. It’s not ready for it. There’s so many other things that it needs to be doing, like managing your stress levels, that it doesn’t allow for implantation or it could hinder implantation and make it more difficult. So make sure you manage your stress levels properly.
If you don’t have a daily routine of a hobby or a meditation, something of that nature, then I want to make sure you start to incorporate that. If that’s still not allowing you to manage your stress levels, then we need to figure out what’s causing your stress and figure out how you’re going to manage that. Maybe you need more time for yourself, less time around others. Maybe you need to do a little bit less work and more time for yourself, personally. Whatever that is, we need to figure that out so you can start to begin to manage your stress levels properly.
Number three is nutrition. It’s diet. Of course, this has to be part of allowing implantation to occur. Without a proper healthy diet, we can’t support our body and our uterus properly. So what would be some good nourishing foods? Well, we already spoke about pineapple so you want to add that in. But again, remember, not to have too much of that. And the bromelain is actually highest in the pineapple core. So make sure you aren’t throwing that piece out, that you are actually eating that as well.
Now, we do want to have lower inflammatory foods. So those foods are going to be low in sugar, low processed foods or no processed foods, right? We want whole foods, rich nourishing foods. So lots of good vegetables. And one of the more important things here is going to be healthy fats. So make sure you get your avocados, your grass fed butter, your ghee. Incorporate that into your diet as well as essential fatty acids. So that we might say, “Well, can’t we supplement with that?” We absolutely can, but you can also get that from your diet as well. And fatty fish is a great way to get the essential fatty acids as well. So you want to add that in to your diet if you’re not already doing it, or again, you can’t supplement with an essential fatty acid or fish oil, omega oil supplement as well.
The next one is keeping your body warm. Our bodies don’t like to be cold and neither does our uterus. We want to make sure that everything is nice and warm. If we are too cold, we contract a lot. We cause more contractions and maybe some cramping. We don’t want that to be you the case. So we want to make sure our whole body is warm, especially our low abdomen and uterus and our low back. Those are key pieces in Chinese medicine to keeping warm and maintaining our warmth. The other part that’s really big. Many of you have probably heard this already, which is a big staple in Chinese medicine is also making sure that you keep your feet warm. There’s the belief that your feet and the soles of your feet specifically are directly linked to your uterus. So if your feet are cold and the soles of your feet are cold, then they will cause your uterus to be cold, which is not a happy, healthy environment for implantation. It makes it cold and really not welcoming and inviting. So we want to make sure that our feet are nice and warm, thus keeping our uterus nice and warm.
So some ways we can do that is wearing some warm socks, especially if we’ve got cold floors. We can also try to soak our feet in warm water before we put on those socks, right? To keep them nice and warm. You can also get a heating pad to use on your low abdomen and your low back to keep those parts of the body warm as well. So let’s keep those feet and your body warm to keep your uterus warm and inviting.
And last but not least is exercise. We always need to do a bit of exercise. We don’t want to overdo it. We don’t want to underdo it, but we want to make sure that you are exercising. Now, one of the things, especially in your luteal phase, which is that time after ovulation, where implantation should be happening, is we want to be careful of the quantity and quality of exercise that we do. So we don’t want to overdo it. Nothing strenuous, nothing excessive. Some nice walks, maybe 30 to 60 minutes is just fine. Nothing really strenuous, just nice moderate walking. If you want to do a little bit more than that, that’s fine, but nothing excessive. I don’t recommend doing excessive weight training during this timeframe either. So we want to just do some exercise, get the blood circulating, keep moving, but nothing excessive.
So these are some important things that you can and should be doing to improve your uterine environment to help facilitate implantation and hopefully to help you get pregnant. This is just one little thing that I actually work on with the couples who join my Hope Fertility coaching program. I look at all aspects of their health to determine what are the main issues, investigate why they’re not able to get pregnant and create a personalized plan to get them to the results that they deserve. And this is one of the things that we discuss and that I work into their plan, if I see that that’s necessary. If you want the support that you deserve, if you want support like I am describing, then I want to invite you to apply, to join my Hope Fertility coaching program. All you have to do is fill out the form by using the link in the description below to apply.
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