Planning to Conceive?

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Why should you get healthy BEFORE you plan to conceive a baby?

For both future parents, your health in the months leading up to conception will affect your ability to fall pregnant, the quality of the pregnancy and your baby’s health for life.

Conception involves both the male and female partners equally. A woman is born with all the eggs that she will release in her lifetime and her health for around 120days before an egg is released will determine the health and DNA structure of that egg and therefore the baby. Furthermore, a man’s sperm is produced in the testes 70-90 days before that sperm is released so it is important that the male is at optimal health in the months leading up to conception.

Unfortunately, our reproductive health is adversely affected in many ways by our modern lifestyle as we are exposed to a multitude of toxins, chemicals and pollutants on a daily basis, many of which negatively affect our hormones and reproductive health. Furthermore, research shows that many Australian’s are not receiving the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of many important nutrients. And while many of our nutritional requirements can be gained from consuming a healthy diet, optimal conception and pregnancy nutrition may require some supplementation.

At Fertile Body we work with our patients to help them improve their health before they conceive. Our thorough diagnosis and individualized treatment protocols ensure that any underlying issues that will affect your ability to conceive and carry to term are addressed before you fall pregnant. Additionally, acupuncture combined with lifestyle shifts and dietary adjustments supports the body to balance hormone levels, encourage a healthy uterine lining for implantation, reduce the toxins that can damage egg quality and increase the blood flow to the ovaries to support egg quality and ovulation; all of which improve your bodies fertility potential. We encourage the male partner to address any underlying health issues and gently cleanse and detox their body to optimize their sperm quantity and quality. We can also discuss intercourse timing and methods to predict ovulation and maximize conception.

Some simple steps you can start undertaking to improve your fertility include:

  • Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet that includes wholefoods and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables while reducing sugar and processed foods
  • Drink plenty of filtered clean water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Minimize caffeine and alcohol
  • Ensure you get 7-8hours of good quality sleep per night
  • Reduce your stress
  • Quit smoking

Sally can help you achieve their dreams of parenthood. Sally has a wealth of knowledge and experience in treating couples struggling with infertility with those on the Northern Beaches. Sally is an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner who is passionate about helping couples improve their fertility naturally. Call 0408694564 for more info.

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