Pregnancy Preparation

Infertility is becoming more and more common in Sydney. Getting pregnant can be a challenge. Conception involves many aspects. Our body has its own way to adapt to the environment. Therefore, generally speaking in spring and summer, the pregnancy success rate is higher than in winter.

But it doesn't mean you cant get pregnant in winter. If your body is in a healthy condition, you can still get pregnant. So taking care of your own health is essential.

I have told our clients,a baby's soul is looking for it's parents. They will decide the right time to come to you. The baby will be living in your womb for 10 months.

The womb is going to be the home for him or her.  As a mother, you need to think : how can I make the "home"  comfortable for the little one, so that he or she is happy to live in the womb home comfortably.

Before and during pregnancy, your home life should be relaxed. Even as an adult we don't really want to live in a stressful place. A Baby is the same. If he or she feels too stressed, he or she might not survive in the womb. This requires the mother in a relatively relaxed state.It is also advisable to avoid any shocking situations as they can lead to a miscarriage.

We should consider what can we do as a parent to welcome the baby, then we should keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

1.  Diet:

A good diet is very important contribution to preconception. It requires a good balance of  fresh vegetables, fruit, Carbohydrates and protein.  So your body will have enough nutrition.

In the market, try to get the vegetable and fruit as organic as you can. For meat, poultry or fish, try to avoid those been farmed with hormones. For ocean fish, try to avoid the fish which has mercury inside because mercury can damage the brain development of the fetes.

Your body also requires a good digestion system to absorb the nutrition.

2.  Enough folic acid:

In daily diet, many people couldn't get enough folic acid. It is crucial to have a healthy baby. Pregnancy folic acid is recommended to use.

If you are taking multi-Vitamin, Please make sure Vitamin A is within 0.77mg daily intake. Because overtaking Vitamin A can cause informed baby. 

3.  Alcohol, smoking or drugs:

A lot of research has proved that smoking, alcohol and drugs can cause miscarriage, premature delivery.

So we recommended avoiding drinking, smoking or taking drugs. Especially two weeks before your period is due, in case you pregnant. For man, it will decrease the quality and quantity of sperm.

4.  Caffeine:

High caffeine intake can obstruct the absorption of iron and also increase miscarriage. If you want to quit addiction to tea or coffee, don't quit straight away in case you get headache, quit coffee step by step.

5.  Controlling weight:

A lot of research has shown the people who are overweight or lower than the normal weight are not easy to conceive naturally or even with IVF. The easy way to see the normal weight is" your height(cm)-100±5”. For example, if you are 160cm, so your weight should be 160-100=60±5.

Acupuncture or herbs can help with your metabolism.

6. Exercise:

Doing some enjoyable  exercise can help conception. However too much exercise can reduce the success rate. Try to avoid too intensive exercise.

7. Preconception exams:

Do some preconception exams such as blood tests and ultra sounds, sometimes can help discover problems. It can reduce the risk of unhealthy fetes.

8. Ovulation day:

Having sex around ovulation can increase conception. If you are charting your Basal Body Temperature, when you notice a slight increase in BBT then there is a high chance you ovulated. A women's egg is only around for 24hrs, where as a mans sperm can survive in the uterus for between 3-5 days.

9. Healthy emotions:

Research has found women who are depressed or stressed will decrease the conception success rate. Depression or stress can affect your interest of life, poor appetite, insomnia. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help regulate your emotions.

10. Virus or germs infection:

Raw food are not recommended for preconception, eg :sashimi , in case you can be infected by virus or germs or parasites. Don't eat rotten, or expired food.

Wash hands often. Food kept in the fridge should be set at around 4 Degrees Celcius. Freezer temperature should be negative or minus 18 degrees Celcius.

If you have pets like dogs or cats, try not to let them sleep with you and wash hands often after touching them in case getting infected by some insects or parasite that the pets carry.

11. Safe environment:

Chemicals and pollutants, heavy metals and other such substances and dramatically decrease your chances of falling pregnant. If your work involves contact with chemicals or radiation, it could be quite difficult to concept and when pregnant, can cause deformaties in the baby

12. Say goodbye to contraception:

If you are using condoms for contraception, you can get ready for conception straight after you stop using condoms.

If you use other contraception like pills or patch, IUD, it is better to wait until you have a regular period, before you try to conceive.

Recording or logging your menstrual cycle is recommended. It is easier for you to see your ovulation and plot other changes in your cycle.

13. Sleep:

A good quality sleep at night is very crucial for conception. It can affect the quality of the egg and sperm. Going to bed before 11pm is recommended for preconception.