Updated: Feb 25
Continuing our two-part series of posts on How to Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy. "How do I prepare my body for pregnancy?" is the most commonly asked question when couples come to our clinic. This article will discuss the things you can do to take a proactive approach to prepare your body for pregnancy.
Regular Acupuncture & Herbal Therapy to Assist The Production of High-Quality Eggs For Conception.
One of the most common issues leading to infertility is poor egg quality. Supporting follicle health is important for women preparing for conception whether naturally or with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
In terms of improving egg quality, we can support the growth of eggs with regular acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal therapy for 3 to 6 months prior to conception. The cycle of follicles in terms of ovulation is around 90 days. During this period of time, many factors can influence the growth of the follicles including nutrition, environmental factors, and emotional stress.
From the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective in supporting the growth of high-quality eggs, the goal is to strengthen your "Kidney essence". Kidney essence in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the fundamental material for the formation of life. It is comparable to the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis that regulates the body's natural hormonal production.
Treatments in acupuncture and herbal therapy can assist the growth and development of eggs by increasing blood flow to the ovaries and assist in thickening the uterine lining for a better internal environment conducive to conception.
Acupressure Massage Points?
Acupressure massage points for the ovaries & uterus on the palm.
Acupressure massage points for the ovaries & pelvis on the ear
Aim to massage these areas two to three times per day.
Dieting For Fertility.
Reduce the intake of processed foods, cut down on carbohydrates and sugar for improving your body for fertility. Carbs and sugar trigger a greater inflammatory response in the body and may lower your chances of conception.
Consume more healthy fats. They are a good source for hormone production and beneficial to the development of the fetus. Natural and non-processed foods are a better option. Choose to eat meats, seafood, eggs, and fresh dark leafy greens.
Aim to eat a nutrient-dense diet with supporting supplements such as antioxidants, multivitamins, CoQ-10, Myo-inositol, Omega-3, and DHEA. This combination of foods, combined with Chinese medicine treatments in acupuncture and herbal therapy will help to increase blood circulation to the reproductive system, and produce high-quality eggs.
Understanding The Role of Emotions in Fertility
Manage your emotions and stress.
Your body is affected by negative emotions and stress. Approach pregnancy and fertility with a tranquil mind and you shall improve your chances. Aim to enhance your quality of sleep as a starting point. Practice mindfulness and meditation as a path to finding your inner peace.
Improve your quality of sleep with acupuncture treatments, as acupuncture can benefit the atomic nervous system to balance hormones, and improve egg quality.
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