Fertility, Conception and Pregnancy

Introduction

baby-shoes-placed-on-bumpThe process of giving birth to a child is truly holistic – whether it’s looking at the pregnancy process, the rollercoaster of emotions involved or the spiritual aspect of allowing a soul into this world. Therefore, couples who are struggling to have a child need to openly discuss this through a holistic approach (body,mind,soul) in order to determine the root issues involved.

There are distinct phases such as pre-conception, conception and pregnancy and a healthy birth which all require support and tailored approaches to ensure both mother and father are well prepared and able to support each other through this journey.

In unsuccessful pregnancies, the pain and frustration becomes an area of stress in and of itself becoming an energetic block which further compounds underlying issues.
Issues surrounding fertility, conception and pregnancy need to be addressed in a holistic manner. Diet, lifestyle, supplementation, relaxation, stress management, exercise, mental wellbeing, spiritual well being all have an important role to play in this process.

Signs and Symptoms around Pregnancy Issues

conception-couple-holding-hands-on-stomachOutside of the obvious signs and symptoms that are linked with pregnancies, there can be other ones that can be associated that you might not be aware of. Here is a list of associated signs and symptoms that can be present when couple are experiencing pregnancy issues:

Women

  • Pain during sex
  • No periods
  • Heavy, long, or painful periods
  • Dark or pale menstrual blood
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Hormone changes
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Skin issues
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Weight gain

Men

  • Testicular pain or swelling
  • Weight Gain
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Problems maintaining erection
  • Small, firm testicles

Here are the common pathologies linked to pregnancy:

  • Infertility
  • Iron Deficiency Anaemia
  • Miscarriage
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hypertension related to pregnancy
  • Placenta previa
  • Preeclampsia

Risk Factors involved with Pregnancies

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If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can boost your chances of getting pregnant. A study found that women whose body mass index (BMI) was above normal took twice as long to get pregnant as those with a normal BMI. But a drop in weight of 5%-10% can dramatically improve ovulation and pregnancy rates. Obesity can also cause infertility and low testosterone in men. Being significantly underweight can also lead to infertility.

Age

Fertility goes down with age, especially after the mid-30s. It also lowers the chances that fertility treatments will be successful. Experts say you should talk to your doctor if you’re under 35 and have been trying to conceive for more than 12 months, or over 35 and have been trying for more than 6 months.

Studies show that sperm count and sperm movement decrease as men age, as does sexual function. But there isn’t a cutoff age that makes a man too old to father a child. One study found that it took men age 45 or older longer to get a woman pregnant once the couple started trying. If your partner is older, you may want to talk to your doctor about ways to boost your chances.

Physical Aspects to Fertility, Conception and Pregnancy Issues

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The average menstrual cycle is 28-35 days. Ovulation usually happens between days 11 and 21 of a female’s cycle. A hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) surges, triggering the release of the egg that’s most ripe.
Women are born with about 1 million to 2 million eggs but release only 300 to 400 through ovulation during their lifetimes. Usually, a woman will release just one each month. The egg travels along one of the two fallopian tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus. If the timing is right, sperm may fertilize it on its way to the uterus. If fertilization doesn’t happen within 24 hours of the egg leaving the ovary, the egg dissolves. Sperm can live for about 3 to 5 days, so knowing when you are ovulating can help couples plan sex for when they are most likely to conceive. Generally, the best chance of pregnancy is when sex happens 1-2 days before ovulation.

Nutrition and Lifestyle Habits

Both the sperm and egg need to be healthy to ensure that when fertilisation occurs there are no abnormalities which will result in the early termination of the pregnancy. Preconception planning, approximately 2-3 months prior to conception, is the most effective way to ensure both the mother and father having all the necessary nutrients through consuming the right foods and adopting the right lifestyle habits

It cannot be overstated but addressing any nutritional deficiencies, making suitable lifestyle changes including exercise patterns and relaxation methods all play a critical role in a successful pregnancy.

Emotional and Spiritual Aspect to Fertility, Conception and Pregnancy

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From an emotional perspective a person might feel intimidated by the idea of becoming a parent. Sometimes the partners’ fears can also influence how a person is feeling about becoming a parent. The other partner might have a fear of becoming a parent.

Often there are themes around a partner’s childhood that were unpleasant/traumatic, which subconsciously causes them to fear repeating the same mistake as their parents did. There is often a deep fear of sabotaging the relationship with the future child.

Another theme which often emerges is around responsibilities. Couples may have been burned out in the past by too many responsibilities. As a result, there is fear that a child is going to be overwhelming and take up the little bit of free time and energy current available.

If any of these emotions are being felt to any degree they are worth exploring and clearing to ensure energy meridians are flowing freely and supporting a healthy pregnancy.

Miscarriage

This is a very emotional experience and these circumstances can create immense tension and challenges within partnerships. This subject is relevant to both mother and the father.

The onset of this condition when explored can indicate that there are unresolved issues between the mother and father that need to be resolved, before bigger decisions such as having a child can be made.

As mentioned above, themes such as, one of the parents might not be ready to be a parent, having a fear of the responsibilities that come with having a child or either parent experiencing difficult childhoods are common and need to be resolved.

Clearing Emotional Trauma in order to heal the body

All emotions are linked to belief systems, which are in turn linked to events/memories that have been experienced in our life. We may not be aware of them but they are there in our subconscious mind working in the background wanting to be addressed and released.

Techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting are very powerful tools in helping work with these emotions or traumatic memories by clearing the energy behind them. Once the energy has been cleared health returns to the body.

Transform your Fertility, Conception and Pregnancy Issues

woman-outdoors-pregnantThere are many factors involved when looking at fertility, conception and pregnancy issues and why the body may not be functioning optimally. These require investigating holistically and the individual needs to be assessed as a whole to truly determine the root cause(s).

Adjusting your nutritional intake and lifestyle habits, supporting mental wellbeing as well as assessing your spiritual wellbeing will play a crucial role in getting reproductive systems back into balance.

Everyone is individual and therefore there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to health and pregnancy. It is important to get a health plan tailored to your needs, symptoms and life circumstances.

At Higher Healing, being qualified in NaturopathyNutrition, Emotional Freedom and Matrix Reimprinting we have a truly holistic offering to provide right support to transform your health. We also are able to offer private functional testing to assess in detail imbalances within the body to give you a clear picture of your health.

Our wish is for you to reach a higher level of healing, so you are able to transform your health. It is possible and you can do it. Start by taking the first step, get in touch to see how Higher Healing can help.

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