Preparing for fertility

Most often than not, the most rewarding things in life require a certain amount of preparation. As you begin to think about pregnancy, consider taking three months prior to your goal month to start preparing for fertility, in other words, get your body ready for conceiving.

Why three months you ask?

Studies have shown that your ovarian follicles need to develop for about 90 to 120 days before they are mature enough to ovulate. In other words, you have the ability to improve the quality of an egg that could one day become your baby.

Here are some ideas on how to do this:

START TAKING A COURSE OF PRENATAL VITAMINS

Prenatal vitamins are similar to multi-vitamins but with several additional ingredients such as higher doses of iron and folate. Be aware though that some of the ingredients in prenatals can upset your stomach so it’s a good idea to try it out to see how your body responds. Get in touch with me for a list of prenatals I regularly recommend to my clients.

Additional supplements to consider, especially if you’re over 35 and worry about declining egg quality, are fish oils and CoQ10.

REGULATE YOUR CYCLE

When trying to conceive, paying attention to your menstrual cycle is both very important and incredibly useful. Period monitoring applications can help you track cycle length, number of days in your flow and cervical mucus. If you want to go one step further, consider monitoring your Basal Body Temperature.

If you find that your periods are short (<25 days), long (>30 days) or irregular, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are extremely effective in regulating your cycle.

Furthermore, these three months are a great time to stop taking hormonal birth control pills. I understand that leaving the pill is not easy but I regularly treat women who are transitioning away from birth control.

Even though I hope that your period comes back straight away, this is sadly not always the case as there may be underlying reproductive disorders present, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which need to be addressed. The sooner you stop birth control, the longer we will have to work with your body to promote a regulated cycle and to start preparing for fertility.

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REDUCE TOXIN EXPOSURE

BPA is a toxin that should be avoided, especially when trying to conceive because it has been shown to reduce egg quality. It is found in plastic bottles and containers and is most toxic when exposed to heat, such as heating in the microwave and leaving your bottle in the sun. Best practice is to drink filtered water from metal bottles and use glass containers for food.

Phthalate is another toxin you should limit your exposure to, by switching to clean cosmetic products. This is also useful to do before your future baby starts touching your body during bonding.

IMPROVE GENERAL WELLNESS

A good place to start is to review your diet to make sure it nourishes and supports your body. Aim to enter your fertility journey as strong and healthy as possible. Remember, you will carry your baby for approximately 40 weeks. Consider adding high quality fats, lean proteins and organic produce to your diet.

Additionally, you should strive to achieve the recommended eight hours of sleep each night, especially during the three month preparation period. If exercising is part your routine, be careful not to overdo it. For instance, try switching to more mind-body exercises such as Yoga, Qi Gong or walking. Regular Acupuncture treatments and Chinese Herbal formulas are also very supportive.

CREATE SPACE FOR THE BABY

Take the three months to create space in your life for the little soul to arrive and fit in. Let your calendar have gaps, stay in on a Friday night. Your life is about to change and slowing down will reduce your stress level and improve your chances of conception.

OVER TO YOU

Finally, if you have any further questions, I’d love to hear from you. Consider leaving a comment below or contact me directly.

If you’re ready to start preparing for fertility, I can help you on that journey.

Start by booking an appointment below.

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