With so much pre-conception information available it's easy to get overwhelmed with where to start and what is important. Start here! These three appointments can drastically improve your chances of a healthy baby and should all be made three months prior to trying to conceive.
There are a few infections that are easily and effectively screened for that can be dangerous during pregnancy. All of the tests pertain to infections that have a dormant phase – so you can have it without knowing - but all can be treated or managed once you know.
This screening test is standard at your initial pregnancy appointment - that's helpful but not as helpful as having it prior to conception. Not all treatment is safe during pregnancy. Getting your screen done early gives you time to assess your decisions in terms of treatment, and manage it before pregnancy occurs.
When it comes to your prenatal supplement opt for something that says “practitioner only” or even better “clinic only” on its label, and avoid anything off-the-shelf *cough Elevit*. Practitioner or Clinic Only generally contain a higher quality, more bioactive form of each ingredient, meaning it’s more easily absorbed and metabolised by the body. You'll need to speak to a qualified health professional to be prescribed one of these high quality prenatal supplements. The Fertility Suite recommends Bioceuticals Natal Essentials and Innatal with or without Iron.
Well of course I was going to say this. Research indicates that acupuncture may shorten the time to conception.
Don’t wait until you're pregnant:
While acupuncture has been found to be a fantastic tool for securing early pregnancy and managing pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, research has shown acupuncture can support healthy egg quality and a healthy endometrial lining. And if the whole thing feels a little overwhelming, guess what? Acupuncture can help with that. Studies have shown treatments can shift the body from a physiological state of stress, to one of rest.