Yoga for a Thicker Uterine Lining
Have you been told your lining is too thin? In order for conception to occur, a fertilized egg needs to implant in the uterine lining (aka endometrium). Two things that are essential for implantation are a good blood supply to the uterus, and a minimum thickness of the uterine lining. With a thicker lining, the likelihood of a successful IVF goes up—6mm is considered acceptable, and 10-15 mm is optimal. Blood flow to the uterus is crucial to getting your uterine lining to that optimum thickness.
This is where fertility yoga comes in. The pose I share below is a simple and effective ways to enhance circulation to the uterus and other reproductive organs, move out stagnant blood, and help get your uterine lining into that optimal zone. If you’re preparing for IVF, you should know about this pose before you go for your ultrasound and potentially receive a less-than-optimal reading of your lining. And if you’ve already been told your lining is too thin, you can use this pose to increase circulation to your uterus and thicken your lining.
This is one concrete practice you can start doing right away, easily and simply, to take control of your IVF outcomes. I give this pose to all my fertility yoga clients.
And if you’re looking for a more comprehensive fertility yoga program, check out Moon Goddess.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
This yoga pose will help release the stress locked in your lower back and increase blood flow to your uterus.
• Sit sideways as close to the wall as you can get your butt cheek.
• Turn to face the wall as you simultaneously lie down and put your legs up the wall.
• Your arms, shoulders, and head should be resting on the floor.
• If you need something underneath your lower back for support, you can use a rolled up blanket or towel.
• Breathe deeply and relax!
You can stay in this pose as long as you like, and you can do it as many times a day as you like. It is very easy, and can be done anywhere there is a wall!
Look out for more fertility yoga poses on the blog in the coming weeks!
FYI: If you’re working on thickening your uterine lining, remember that it’s also imperative that you’re getting enough protein in your diet. If you’re a vegetarian or someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat, keep in mind that you should be getting 50-60 mg of protein a day to build the uterine lining necessary for implantation. This is really hard to do if you’re not eating enough protein. (See this simple recipe for bone broth to help you get that protein.)