Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 17, 2011
If you are trying to get pregnant, think twice before taking standard prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines. Although they may bring some relief for your allergies, they can dry up cervical fluid which can drastically hinder your efforts to conceive.
Cervical fluid functions to:
--nourish sperm for up to 5 days
--filter out abnormal sperm
--make the environment within the vagina less acidic
--provide a means for the sperm to travel through the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Without adequate quantities of fertile cervical fluid, the chances of sperm making their way towards the egg are massively reduced.
If you can avoid taking standard antihistamines, do so. Fortunately, there are some natural remedies for allergy season that won’t interfere with cervical fluid production.
#1: Avoid exposure to the allergen as much as is possible
Close windows (home and car) whenever possible until the majority of the plume has passed.
#2: Neti Pots
Neti pots work by flushing your nasal passages of the tiny, prickly sea urchin-like pollen particles. Use a neti pot twice daily using salt water (especially after time spent in the outdoors) for maximum relief.
#3: Stock your pantry with allergy-fighting foods rich in Omega-3s
Cold-water fish, flaxseed, walnuts are all good sources. You can also use Cod Liver Oil supplements (which have the added benefit of actually improving the quality of your cervical fluid). Experts recommend sticking to between 20,000 and 30,000 UI per day, particularly if you are trying to conceive.
#4: Stinging Nettles
Stinging nettles actually inhibit the production of histamine (which is causing your eyes, nose to leak). Nettles are a natural antihistamine. They come in capsule form, 300mg, and will provide some relief (albeit temporary). Dried nettles can be consumed as a tea or the fresh herb can be prepared to make a tincture for similar results.
#5: Raw Honey
Raw unprocessed honey contains 90% of the pollens, dusts and molds that are causing your allergies in the first place. A teaspoon of raw honey, daily, is similar in effect to a natural allergy shot.
Kimberly Racic, a fertility educator and founder of FertilityFlower.com, commented on the research:
'Cervical fluid is critically important in baby-making. So, doing whatever you can to preserve the quality and quantity of the cervical fluid is key and avoiding those substances that cause cervical fluid to dry up. The ideal scenario is one in which you receive relief from the symptoms of your seasonal allergies while actually improving the quality and quantity of cervical fluid - such as via Cod Liver Oil supplements.'
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