If you haven’t regained your fertility after pregnancy, you’re not alone. It can take a momma 3 months – 2 years to see the return of her period. The average is 15 months after pregnancy.
That said, a lot of mommas want to see signs of ovulation sooner rather than later.
One simple, straightforward way to bring your hormones back into balance is through seed cycling.
What Is Seed Cycling?
Seed cycling is a protocol that mirrors the cycle of highs and lows that you see with your own reproductive hormones—using seeds
It’s like this: Estrogen levels rise during the first half of your menstrual cycle and then slowly drops during the second half of your menstrual cycle—after ovulation.
Whereas progesterone—your “pregnancy hormone”—rises during the second half of your pregnancy, dropping just before menstruation.
With seed cycling, you rotate two sets of seeds through the first or second half of your menstrual cycle. The hulls of the seeds contain lignans, which bind to excess estrogen. The seeds also contain essential fatty acids, which help the body to make reproductive hormones.
Be sure and use raw, unhulled, and organic seeds. Remember, you want those lignans!
Grind up a batch of seeds each day with a coffee grinder—or if you’re ready to throw in a little elbow grease, a molcajete. You want freshly ground seeds because the essential fatty acids in seeds are extremely sensitive to light and air.
First Half of Menstrual Cycle: Day 0 – 14
If you haven’t seen the return of your period, you would begin on the first day of the new moon.
Each day, consume:
• 1 Tablespoon organic, ground flax seeds
• 1 Tablespoon organic, ground pumpkin seeds
• 1 Teaspoon of unrefined, extra virgin fish oil
Second Half of Menstrual Cycle: Day 14 - 28
If you haven’t seen the return of your period, you would begin on the first day of the full moon, which is approximately 14 days after the new moon.
Each day, consume:
• 1 Tablespoon organic, ground sesame seeds
• 1 Tablespoon organic, ground sunflower seeds
• 1 Softgel organic, unrefined primrose oil
This article was put together by Megan Garcia—writer, reader, and baby wellness nerd. Megan shares tips and information about pregnancy and postpartum recovery on her website: www.megangarcia.com and through Instagram: @megan___garcia