The Health Of Your Uterus
The uterus plays a crucial role at the center of your pregnancy journey. Because it provides shelter and nourishment for a developing child, uterine health is critical to a successful pregnancy. What can you do to strengthen it and maximize your chances of conceiving a baby? Let’s take a look.
Exercise for Strength and Stability
Your uterus is supported by the muscles of your “pelvic floor” – a term used to describe all of the muscles, tissues, and nerves that support your bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. If these muscles are too weak or strained, it is possible for the uterus and other pelvic organs to slip down, or prolapse. A prolapsed uterus can lead to painful intercourse and potentially may require surgery to correct. You can help prevent the condition through general weight loss and by strengthening your pelvic muscles with Kegel exercises.
Moderate exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight and can regulate the body’s hormones, both of which can contribute to a healthier uterus. Yoga and other low-impact exercise can help strengthen your core muscles, which can, in turn, support the pelvic muscles. Regular exercise can also help prevent uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths that could potentially lower fertility. Fibroids that grow too large can also make pregnancy difficult or cause dangerous complications.
Diet for Function and Form
What you eat can have an impact on your uterine health. A healthy diet combined with exercise can promote weight loss, which is connected with a lower risk of uterine cancer and uterine fibroids. The nutritional content of what you eat can make a difference, too. Vitamins and other nutrients affect the uterus in different ways:
- Vitamin D may help prevent uterine fibroids or shrink those that do develop.
- Vitamin E and the amino acid l-arginine can thicken the uterine lining, or endometrium, increasing chances of successful implantation.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to a reduced chance of successful implantation.
- Omega-3 fatty acids can increase blood flow to the uterus, facilitating pregnancy and lowering the risk of premature birth.
When you’re preparing to get pregnant, talk to your doctor about what changes you might make to promote uterine health through diet and exercise. If you want more tips for conceiving or information about improving fertility, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter below.