Preparing for pregnancy? Boost your fertility journey with these wellness therapies

You see it all the time in Hollywood movies: boy meets girl, they get it on and faster than you can say ‘Bugaboo stroller’, they’re knocked up. It’s enough to make any aspiring mum-to-be wonder why preparing for pregnancy even matters. Aside from perpetuating the somewhat dangerous myth that conception happens in the blink of an eye, the reality is that sex during a very small window of ovulation—and the stars practically coming into alignment—would need to happen before falling pregnant.

Even prenatal vitamins such as Elevit advise women to begin taking the supplements at least a month before conception.

“Contrary to popular belief, conception does not always follow sexual intercourse. In fact, even a timed intercourse during the women’s ovulation window period only gives rise to successful conception 30 to 40 per cent of the time, and this probability decreases drastically with age,” explains Zhou Jing, who has specialised in Traditional Chinese Medicine and fertility acupuncture for the past seven years says. In short, as it could take months of… practice before conception actually occurs, take advantage of this time to preparing for pregnancy—in mind, body, and spirit.

Zhou, a TCM physician at Thomson Chinese Medicine recommends checking with your gynaecologist to perform an ultrasound on the uterus to ascertain if there are any “medical issues like endometriosis or PCOS that may likely hinder the conception process.”

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