Remedies

Herbs for Fertility

An interesting thing started to happened when I got my period back at 19 months post partum. The desire to have baby number 2 started slowly creeping in. I have always wanted more than one child, but I had such a difficult babyhood with Penelope that I wasn’t sure I could go through it all over again.

Quite honestly, I am still not sure I can, but I feel the call from the soul of our second baby. And no matter how scared I am to do this all over again, I can’t deny her. Yes, I am already certain she will be a girl.

As I mentioned here, one of the ways I am answering The call to grow my family is to restore myself. Mothering takes everything out of you, and as I start this journey all over again, I want to deeply and firmly be in a place where I have plenty of reserves to give.

Another way I am getting ready is by using herbs to get my menstrual cycle regular and as fertile as possible. I am in no rush, we want to go the “see what happens” route. If I get pregnant this cycle, awesome. If it takes 5 years, awesome. I am trying to act as consciously and purposeful as possible, as I move my body towards fertility and away from milk production.

I am drinking yogi teas such as Woman’s Raspberry Leaf and Woman’s Moon Cycle.

One of the very first books I read after I became a Certified Massage Doula (exact same thing as a Certified Doula, except we are all also LMT’s), was Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. A friend of mine wanted to borrow it recently, and of course I found myself speed reading it all over again. It is a classic, and I think one of the must have books if you are of childbearing age and are into natural/alternative wellness.

Per Wise Woman Herbal:

Herbs used to encourage pregnancy are characterized by their ability to 1) nourish and tonify the uterus, 2) nourish the entire body, 3) relax the nervous system 4) establish and balance normal functional of the hormonal system, and 5) balance sexual desire.

Herbs for Fertility:

  • Red Clover Flowers
  • Nettle Leaves
  • Red Raspberry Leaves
  • Dong Quai Root
  • False Unicorn Root

The Yogi Tea Woman’s Moon Cycle has Dong Quai and Red Raspberry leaves in it. I also buy herbs in bulk and make blends myself.

This is a great website with more information about herbs for fertility.

Is anyone else out there trying to conceive? What are you doing to boost your fertility?

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  • The Annessa Family
    October 25, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Were going the "paper pregnant" route…so no special tea's for me…just lots of paperwork and bubble baths for stress!

    Brooke
    http://www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

  • Kate
    October 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Wow. Thank you, Universe. I hear you!

    Hey Stephanie, I'm also trying to get pregnant but can't seem to regulate my cycle after far too many years on the pill. I just looked in my tea cabinet the other day and realized I had Female Toner tea by Traditional Medicinals and started drinking 2-3cups per day. I was wondering to myself if there were any herbal, natural ways to get my cycle back and track and BOOM! you posted this. The universe speaks to us all the time!

    Thank you for the book and tea recommendations. I'm going to read up asap.

  • Cassandra
    October 25, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    I've been feeling "The Call" too, and feel like I've got at least one more in me. To be honest, actually two, but that will never fly. Unfortunately I've been struggling a lot more with deciding whether or not I want to go through with it because I'm in such poor health. You know every woman should repair her body before getting pregnant again, but my body was never whole to begin with and I've got a heck of a lot more to overcome. After learning about everything, I couldn't bear to have another child that I know I'm doing such a massive disservice to – I already feel guilty about the first (especially as her teeth are coming in crooked). The biggest challenge is believing that I'm worth all the time, money and effort it would require to repair my health, instead of just not having any more kids and dealing with the continued consequences. I greatly envy your tenacity in making yourself be such an upbeat person when other forces try to bring you down. I can rarely do that.

  • sk
    October 26, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    We are trying to concieve too! We just got married a few weeks ago and officially stopped preventing on our honeymoon. I was disappointed to get my period last week, but looking forward to trying again this month. This will be our first and I am so ready to be a mama, but trying not to be impatient with the process.
    To get ready, we have both been taking vitamins (a prenatal for me) and cod liver oil, as well as drinking herbal teas (I make a stress-reliever tea for him, and I am drinking a fertility tonic– one of Rosemary Gladstar's recipes). I have a short luteal phase, so I'm working on lengthening that with vitex and b-6. I'm also taking evening primrose oil, since I read that it helps boost fertility. I have been spending a lot of time poking around on mothering.com forums for ideas! Other things I'm trying to get more of include seafood, green smoothies, bone broths and long epsom salt bath soaks. If we don't get pregnant in a few cycles I will probably look into taking something like Maca….

  • Courtney
    October 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Girl, I hear you! It happened to me too, right when my first daughter was turning 2, I was suddenly hit by the irresistible urge to get pregnant right now! Something about that age, I think the timing is perfect, too. I will send some fertile thoughts your way!

  • Stephanie
    October 28, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    @Brooke..well you should do some nutritional beefing up and lots of restorative things like you mentioned, because you will be exhausted very soon! Have you thought about inducing lactation and breastfeeding your adopted child? I have a ton of information on that because of my experience with exclusive pumping.
    @Kate…congratulations!!
    @Cassandra…oh girl, i hear ya. I have done a lot of emotional work over the last ten years to get to where I am at, and I still have lots of work to do. You are so worth it. And p.s. have you ever read the book Spirit Babies? Babies pick us. Your baby picked you because of everything you are. She knew what she was getting into and she still wanted you. AND you are doing her such a service now by feeding her well. You can correct dental/palate stuff within the first three years, by the way…
    @sk…congratulations!! that all sounds great. You should read Spirit Babies too.
    @Courtney….thanks so much!!

  • Ashley
    October 30, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    We are trying to get pregnant and I have started doing acupuncture. I love it.

  • Ashley
    October 30, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    We are trying to get pregnant and I have recently started acupuncture. I love it!

  • Anonymous
    November 8, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    If you weren't putting all of your food into hormone altering plastic freezer bags your menstral cycle would be normal and fertile and you wouldn't need all of these supplements.

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  • Lena
    August 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I am 36 and still nursing my 13 month old. But I want to get pregnant again. Any suggestions to help make this happen.

    • Stephanie
      August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      Has your period returned or no?

  • Miranda
    September 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Just wondering what does the red raspberry leaf tea do? I’ve been drinking it off and on because I heard to can be good well ttc but what specifically does it help with?

    • Cassandra
      September 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Red Raspberry leaves have a decent vitamin and mineral profile that directly aids the health of women, with things like magnesium and iron which are in short supply during pregnancy. It also has an alkaloid that specifically tones the uterus which eases menstruation and of course childbirth.

  • sara
    March 25, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    I am 39 and nursing our 9month old 1st baby. Feeling the nudge of age, the strong pull of #2, but no desire to wean. Any advice?

    • Stephanie
      March 26, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      Ay, that is a sticky spot to be in. If you are in solid health, you should be able to continue nursing and concieve. You will just want to really be on your nutrition and self care, because one of the three of you will suffer if there is not enough nutrients to go around. But that is easy enough to accomplish with effort and dedication. Or you could have a heart to heart with baby #2 and ask them to be a wee bit more patient, that you are so excited to welcome them into the family, but that you just need a bit more time. I “talk” to my spirit babies all the time. 🙂

  • Lynn
    April 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    I used red raspberry leaf tea and vitex or chaste berry to help conceive my first child. It took about 6 months, but we had been trying 2 years prior. A warning though, moon cycle contains juniper and cinnamon which prevent implantation of the fetus so only use this tea prior to ovulation!

    • Stephanie
      April 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      That is great to hear! So happy for you!!!

  • yaz
    September 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Hi ladies , thank u for all your info. , it has helped me understand that I’m going on the right track to motherhood , so excited.

  • Sarah
    May 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Hi ladies. I know this post is older but I just came across it. Me and my husband have been trying conceive for almost three years now. My periods are irregular but have finally started to get better after I changed my diet. I just bought the woman’s moon cycle tea to help regulate me and maybe help us get pregnant too. I was wondering how many times a day you all drink it and I also read green tea helps too . So is it okay to drink both teas each day? I’ve also heard to not drink the moon cycle the week of ovulation? Is this true?