Pre-conception care goes far and away beyond actually just getting pregnant, this is all about giving your child the very healthiest start in life, from egg and sperm all the way to university graduation!
Every aspect of your pre-conception care affects the health of the gametes (sperm and egg), which affects the health of that embryo, which affects the health and development of that foetus which depends on the health of that uterine environment.
All of which affects the way that you come to labour with strength and reserve energy, which affects your ability to labour well, which affects your post-partum recovery and your breast feeding, which affects how your precious newborn becomes that healthy infant that becomes a toddler, child, teenager, growing fully into the person they will be.
Pre-conception care is most very definitely VITAL !
Acupuncture is a very fine way to help streamline your endocrine (hormone) system to do what it naturally wants to do - make babies! Our treatments are all about preparing the ground to facilitate what your body naturally wants to do. We help to build up your vitality.
At AcuHouse we are most concerned to help you find the solutions that mean that you will be approaching conception, whether that be natural or assisted, with more than just healthy periods and strong sperm parameters.
We are also here to help you to build a reserve of the nutritional and energetic storehouse that is giving your fertility every opportunity to do just what it best designed to do - make babies. Not only are we focussed on helping you to conceive, we are very focussed on helping to build you up to have a wonderful pregnancy.
As humans, at our most essential, we are mammals. Thus we are subject to all the natural laws. We are hard-wired to reproduce.
We are here to help you to maximise the ways in which you can best prepare for pregnancy. We want to help streamline the endocrine processes so that your lovemaking can result in that inevitable drive of sperm meets egg (even when that is in a petri dish) for we want to help that embryo be as healthy as possible to meet the healthiest possible endometrium, helping to generate the most conducive environment for implantation.
If your fertile parameters mean that assisted conception is the better route for you then everything we are advocating is just as important. We want to help you towards your optimum chance to conceive.
Your libido is the indicator of your sexual energy, which IS the energy of conception. If your libido is below par then we want to do all that we can with acupuncture and nutrition to build up your energy so that you have a strong sense of desire and a keen wanting for the lovemaking that will help engender conception. Even if you are heading towards assisted conception, the health of your libido is a big part of your conception energy and so we want to help you focus on being well connected to those sexual vibes - these are the HORMONES that help you conceive!
We get pregnant with our whole body, not just our gynaecology. Our sense of sexual health and vibrancy is a big part of our conception power. One of the great aspects of having Chinese medicine as part of your program to enhance your fertility is the great ability it has to address every aspect of your physiology. Did you know that the balance of your reproductive hormones is primarily influenced by the balance of your digestive hormones? In TCM we are always working with our patients to help you to best understand EVERYTHING you can do to improve your fertility.
Chinese Medicine is Much More Than Just Acupuncture & Herbs
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) we are first and foremost concerned to help you to find the right sort of diet to best enhance your physiology. The Chinese consider that Food is the First Medicine.
So many of us eat a grab-and-go diet of convenience foods. These can have a significantly detrimental effect on this all important idea of nutritional reserve, and one of our primary tasks is to help you find the dietary solutions that will will easily and comfortably fit into your daily life.
Remember always that our mantra is ‘The Path of Least Resistance’, helping you to find the ways to build your fertility in a way that easily builds into the life you are leading. We want your nutrition to be a joyful part of your day, and we want you to find that every bit of food that you invest is something that is going to help build your fertility - easily - without pressure.
Thank goodness for the better health recognition that is now a part of convenience provision. Chains such as Pret, Leon and Barburrito are working to provide food on the go that is going to contribute to your health rather than taxing it. It is very challenging to find ways to fit genuinely-healthy eating into a busy commuting workday. We want to be a big part of the solution to helping you find the ways to develop the good eating and nutritional habits that are the foundation to a strong and healthy conception.
Our aim in Chinese medicine is to help bring you into the optimum health on all levels, nourishing you to have a good reserves, to help improve the quality of those gametes (the eggs and sperms) to help generate as calm and receptive a uterine environment as possible, and in every way to help you to feel calm and prepared as you step towards your parenthood.
One of the most interesting things about the first trimester of pregnancy, something that most women do not necessarily realise, is that all the nutrition you need for these first important weeks is already laid down in your storehouse. This means that the most important time to build the nutritional reserves that you need during the first trimester of pregnancy is BEFORE you get pregnant.
Nutrition for Preconception and Early Stage Pregnancy
During the first weeks of the pregnancy the most important thing that is happening is that your body is building a placenta: the embryo is just simply doubling. All the nutrition that you need is right there within the maternal reserves, and it is this storehouse that the body draws from as it creates this extraordinary new organ (the amazing placenta is, in fact, an endocrine gland).
What is vital in the first trimester is much more about what you should not eat, and avoiding any toxic substances is the most important nutritional (non)input for this time. What is important in the first trimester is to eat what you can eat! Any nausea will dictate what does and doesn't work.
The nutritional inputs that affect the baby directly will begin as you transition into the second trimester, and it is during weeks 12-36 that you must pay very careful attention to what you do eat as this hugely and directly informs the development of the foetus.
Be assured that your pre-conception care is absolutely preparing you for the first trimester of pregnancy and we are here to help you develop that reserve and develop the storehouse you need for a healthy and vital pregnancy.
How We Can Help You
Modern life is hard. It taxes us. At AcuHouse we are here to help you figure out how to best develop your fertility in order to help you have a genuinely healthy conception, either assisted or natural.
Chinese medicine is about so much more than just acupuncture and herbs. Diet and lifestyle advice is foundation to any Chinese medicine diagnosis, and when you come for pre-conception care you will be given recommendations that are individually addressed to your exact needs: to your history, to your circumstances and to your TCM constitutional diagnosis.
We are here to help provide you with a bespoke programme that fully addresses developing your best ability to build your fertile capacities.
For men, this will include attention to diet, nutritional supplementation, lifestyle habits and getting good rest with minimal alcohol plus no lycra cycling or pocketed mobile phones, not to mention de-stressing you from the intensity of your day to day working life.
For women, the lifestyle changes that we have to suggest, according to your individual circumstances, will help to build up reserves of nutrition and rest to combine to be one of the most essential ways to build the platform for a healthy conception and a vibrant and healthy pregnancy. All the while we will be working to use acupuncture to regulate your menstrual phases and to help prepare your endometrium for the best possible enveloping and implantation of your embryo.
Our aim, whether male or female, is to help you to ensure that you are getting all the best nutritional input, streamlining your conception functions with all that acupuncture can bring, all the while learning how to take all the toxins and taxations out of your lives.