Take Time to Prepare the Soil Before Planting the Seed.
As any gardener knows, the soil must be healthy for planted seeds to grow into healthy and strong plants. The same is true with us – we as parents must be healthy to ensure our baby’s health. It’s not as simple as diligently taking your pre-natal vitamin every day. Time spent preparing your body to carry a baby will benefit both of you throughout your pregnancy and long after birth. And, of course, fertility care is not just for women. There a great deal a dad-to-be can do to improve his health, and thereby the quantity and quality of his sperm, in the time before conception.
Add in Plenty of Sunshine, Fresh Air and Clean Water.
Ideally, making a plan to improve health and incorporate more healthy habits should begin at least 3-6 months before trying to conceive. Stopping smoking and alcohol use and limiting caffeine is a good idea at this time. Incorporating more vegetables and healthy fats into your diets and possibly starting a supplement regimen is also recommended. If you need help determining what foods and supplements might be best for you, Healthy Lifestyle Coaching and Naturopathy can help. This is also a perfect time to work with homeopathy to balance your constitution and improve any symptoms you might be experiencing that could have an impact on fertility. And, using acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, CranioSacral Therapy or Energy Healing will help to balance the body’s energies, improve flow of lymph and blood and ensure that the musculoskeletal system is in proper alignment.
Working on your mental, emotional and spiritual health is just as important as addressing your physical being. The journey toward conception can be incredibly stressful and having tools in place to manage that stress is essential. Yoga, Qi Gong and meditation are great for your physical and mental/emotional/spiritual well-being and are perfect for maintaining balance during and after pregnancy, as well. If you find you need a little more support working through some of the emotions surrounding becoming a parent, working with our family therapist or integrative psychologist may be just what is needed.
Strive for Balance and You WILL Blossom.
The most important thing when you do begin trying to conceive is to try to maintain a sense of balance in your health and your life. The fertility journey can be all-consuming, particularly if pregnancy does not occur easily or right away. Continue to use therapies to keep yourself healthy on every level. Continue to eat well and engage in activities that reduce your overall stress. And, probably THE MOST important thing – connect with your partner, nurture your relationship and have FUN together. If you keep your relationship at the forefront you will enter the next phase of life as parents who are truly partners!
If Fertility Therapies are Needed…
Sometimes, medical fertility therapies are needed. If using these, such as IUI or IVF, continuing to keep up with your overall health and wellness plan can help you improve your chances of success. There are also many therapies that can be used to improve outcomes. Acupuncture treatments help to regulate hormones, improve egg and sperm quantity and quality and manage stress. Chiropractic and massage can be used to ensure there is no tension in the body that could be inhibiting implantation. Energy Healing and CranioSacral Therapy can be used to bring balance to the body’s systems and aid in relaxation. There are also several guided meditation programs that enhance the mind-body connection specific to reproductive therapy cycles.
Many Synergy Center practitioners specialize in Integrative Fertility Therapies. Contact us via email at SynergyHHW@gmail.com for more information and to help you create your personalized fertility care and wellness plan.