Do you want to be a mother some day? Are you planning to conceive in the next month, year or five years?
Pre-conception care includes all the details that we have control over when it comes to conception. If you want to set yourself up for success, create a healthy fetus, and have a glowing experience with pregnancy, pre-conception is a crucial phase.
How we live our lives has a direct correlation on the quality of our eggs and fertility.
Why not take advantage of simple methods to protect your egg health and promote your reproductive wellbeing?
For many, conception comes easy; for some, conception is more complicated. I’m going to highlight all the lifestyle choices you can control and the choices you can make to improve your pre-conception health.
The female egg takes a whole three months to mature from an immature oocyte into a mature viable egg with any reproductive potential. To put that in another perspective, what you did three months ago determines your egg quality today. Think of preconception care as preparing the soil before you begin to plant the seeds.
Start now, give yourself time to create healthy habits before you get pregnant. Do this to aid conception, as well as to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and labor.
Start by cleaning up your diet: Remove all artificial ingredients, preservatives, and food colorings, Eat WHOLE foods: food that doesn’t come in a package, food that is nutrient-rich. A recommended book on this concept is “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon.
Each day incorporate a food or drink that will gently detox your liver. Your liver is the organ responsible for detoxifying excess hormones and keeping your blood healthy. Herbal teas such as raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, or roasted dandelion root are great choices. If you don’t like herbal tea, try warm lemon water, and eat lots of leafy green cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, or kale.
Reach your ideal weight now. The last thing you want to do once you get pregnant is to try to lose weight.
Move and find the right exercise routine for yourself now. Having a strong body will help ensure your strength in labor and reduce the likelihood of pain throughout pregnancy.
Stretch. It’s easy to move yet harder to stretch. However, learning some deep hip stretches now will greatly benefit your pelvic capacity to open in labor. If your job requires you to sit for long periods, make even more of an effort to find time to stretch your hips. Too much sitting can cause the pelvic girdle and tailbone to tilt downward, limiting the body’s capacity to open for labor.
Another great way to engage the hips is though dance. Dance encourages hip movement that we don’t normally get in our everyday routines. . Labor is all about the power in the hips, the capacity of the pelvic girdle to expand.
Engaging in healthy habits now and all give you and your family the gift go a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy child. If you have trouble conceiving, Chinese Medicine can help. In addition, to the above recommendations, treatment can include herbal and dietary prescriptions along with acupuncture. If you would like a consult about pre-conception care, fertility treatments, or support after pregnancy, schedule and appointment for one-on-one support.