Preparing for conception and pregnancy

The lens of Ayurveda broadens our vision to see that fertility is more than the physical act of becoming pregnant.
In this way, understand that fertility is equally spiritual and emotional as it is physical.
The purpose of this guide is to lead you through the journey of preconception preparation before arriving at the doorstep of pregnancy. There are many nontraditional routes for building a family, including donor eggs and in vitro fertilization, that some of your individual situations may call for.
Like timing, the field (kshetra) also has a macro manifestation of the entire human body, which applies to both men and women, and a more micro manifestation of the uterus, literally the field in which the pregnancy grows. When people speak of ambu, healthy fluids, such as plasma and lymph (rasa) and blood (rakta), usually come to mind. Let’s pause and look specifically at stress, since it is intimately connected with all aspects of nutritious fluids. The bottom line here is to not forget stress in your approach to optimizing your fertility. Allow these three months to give space for cleansing any past hurt or resentment in your relationship with your partner. This is also a time to cleanse yourself of any dysfunctionalities within—any anger, greed, attachment, or excess pride and ego. The cleanse serves to clear toxins (ama) and excess doshas so that channels flow freely and toxins do not inhibit the proper functioning of any tissue. Keep the digestive system clear and regular with two tablets or a half-teaspoon of Triphala powder nightly. Having pulled all the weeds, now it is time to make the land fertile with rich thoughts and nutrients. Rejuvenate your relationship with your partner through strong and powerful emotions of joy, love, and abundance.
The practices above will feed into the physical rejuvenation of the nutritious fluids, field, and seeds quite naturally. Consider Ashwagandha Bala Oil for your self-oil massage (abhyanga) to bring strength to the body and all tissues.
There are numerous kits, phone apps, and devices out there to help you identify when ovulation occurs. Ayurveda has several suggestions that all serve to retain the sanctity of sex and replenish ojas, which is released during intercourse. Continue to replenish ojas through diet and lifestyle, while making sure your digestive fire remains strong. After intercourse, bathe and then drink a glass of warm milk boiled with a pinch each of cardamom, saffron, ginger, and ground almond powder; saffron is particularly nourishing to the reproductive tract and ojas. By the end of reading this guide, we hope that you feel empowered as a couple—emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Check to ensure the medicines you take are safe. One other important note to consider when meeting with your doctor, is ensuring that the medicine you are already currently taking is safe to have in your system when you get pregnant, and throughout pregnancy. 85 percent of American couples under 35, have a fairly easy time conceiving (pulled from fitpregnancy) – and if you are not part of that 85 percent, stress will not help conception.
Check your medicine cabinet for ingredients that could affect fertility or harm your baby-to-be. A woman who smokes is less fertile and faces an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, and giving birth to a low birthweight baby. No one has ever been able to determine a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, so the March of Dimes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you stop drinking once you start trying to conceive.
In fact, Ayurveda emphasizes the preconception period just as much, if not more, than the pregnancy period itself.
Fertility is first about your shift into parenthood, as a couple, which comes well before conception. We can expand the definition of ambu to also encompass the nutrients themselves that nourish the male and female alike. Doing so can make all the difference in the world and can be incredibly healing on many levels. The following sections will walk you through a six-month preconception process and show you how each step enriches one or more of the four elements that we just addressed. This is an opportunity to start new, on a blank slate, so that you can offer your highest self to the passage of pregnancy and to parenthood. Together, commit to purging the relationship of dysfunctional habits and beliefs so that your child enters a healthier, more supportive atmosphere. The preconception cleansing process needs support, and sometimes navigating through the emotions can be overwhelming. Release all expectations of life and of yourself and even any expectations that you may have of your future child.
I have the opportunity to be born new every moment, and I choose to release all forms of pain that keep me from being fully present.
For an in-depth look at the logic behind cleansing and how to conduct a cleanse, read the Ayurvedic Cleanse: Waste Be Gone!

If a panchakarma center is accessible to you, then undergo panchakarma for a minimum of two weeks. If you have excess pitta, strongly consider Blood Cleanse (two tablets daily) to help cleanse the blood, a primary nutrient system for pregnancy. With excess accumulation and density in tissues, a tablet daily of Triphala Guggulu, for women, and Gokshuradi Guggulu, for men, may be a good supplement.
The intention of rejuvenation is ultimately to build ojas (the essence of vitality and immunity).
Mark the beginning of rejuvenation with a letter that you write together to whatever higher power you believe in and the soul that you are inviting. Do those things that your soul is calling for, whether it is spontaneously pulling to the side of the road to watch the sun set or making time to do your favorite hobby, because such things build ojas. Spend time as a couple with flowers and pleasant sounds and scenery, be around water, wear white, and spend ten minutes in the morning or late evening sitting in the sun.
This will especially serve the woman well so that she has the necessary strength to carry her through pregnancy.
Rejuvenative herbs and foods are quite heavy as they are building, so tend to your digestive fire with the same recommendations from the cleanse section.
These are the life-giving and nutrient-giving tissues of your body, so much so that the blood volume increases by 50 percent during pregnancy.
Visualize your desired child, enter the practice in a meditative state, light incense, and use essential oils, such as rose or honeysuckle.
Because this time in a couple’s life is so loaded with dreams, expectations, and ideals of how things ought to be, far too often many overthink the whole thing.
Knowing when your body is ovulating will make it easier for you to know when the best time to get pregnant is.
Many women have issues with their teeth while pregnant because of the hormone changes in your body, they become more sensitive, shift, or can cause gum disease, so having ultimate gum and teeth health BEFORE baby is really important.
You do not need to be at your goal weight to have a healthy baby, Emmett is living testament to that, but you do want to try and maintain a healthy weight, or possibly lose a few pounds before actually conceiving.
So, don’t stress out if it takes you a little longer to get pregnant, than it does a friend. Taking time to ensure you are following the steps above and just enjoying the process, will.
Check-out theSkimm and sign-up for your daily email box delivery of the world’s news, plus if you share your birthday, you get it listed at the bottom of the newsletter on your day. Address any health or lifestyle issues that might interfere with your ability to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy sooner rather than later. Schedule a good oral cleaning, and take care of dental treatments, x-rays, or medications before you start trying to conceive. Start eating a variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables each day, and reduce your intake of fat.
Choose a sport that you can continue throughout your pregnancy, since being physically active will help with many pregnancy symptoms, such as backache, leg cramps, and breathlessness.
Even in the case of adoption, most of these steps still apply since the cleansing and building also serve the spiritual and emotional preparation that is common to all routes.
Even seasons can be incorporated into timing, since nature, as a whole, is most fertile during spring—trees are budding, eggs are hatching, and the juiciness of spring replaces the dryness of winter. These include hormones, specific vitamins and minerals, and ojas (the very essence of vitality and immunity).
Constant stimulation from cortisol, the stress hormone, puts the nervous system in a state of alert and panic, which has a very drying effect as well.
It is the most refined, most complete tissue after we digest and process all the food, thoughts, and emotions that we ingest. Anger, grief, toxins, emotional heaviness, and more all have a profound impact on your pregnancy.
As you go deeper into the cleanse, do not be surprised if many things that were once long forgotten begin to resurface.
Having a neutral, yet compassionate, third party can help bring light to deep-seated pain or simply bring a perspective that is insightful and refreshing.
Practice gratefulness for all that your partner gives you, and practice the art of genuine apology for any wrongdoings, being completely vulnerable and transparent with each other. It is said that the heart chakra vibrates at the same frequency as the color green, and thus drinking solarized green water with intention cleanses the heart chakra. Otherwise, two weeks to a month-long home cleanse with a monodiet of kitchari and cooked vegetables (to the best of your ability) will serve you well. If you find yourself getting light-headed or weak after a prolonged period of time, then add more calories—with more ghee, root vegetables, and frequent meals as needed. With clarity, write your intention and ask for strength to fulfill your role as parents to its highest degree. Take a look at the rejuvenation guides for diet, herbal, and lifestyle suggestions toward a successful rejuvenation. During the sixth month you may begin intercourse at a frequency that is healthy for you to awaken the channels.

Alternatively, women may take a tablet or quarter teaspoon each of Ashwagandha and Shatavari and men may take a quarter teaspoon each of Ashwagandha and Kapikacchu (both mixed with a half teaspoon each of ghee and honey). Ensure plenty of hydration, foods rich in nutrients, and, for women, supplementation with calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid. Most couples jump into this phase with their eyes fixated on only one thing—getting pregnant. Consider having intercourse every other day, beginning five days prior to ovulation and ending a couple of days after ovulation (the sperm survives five days within the female tract and the ovum survives one or two days).
She is a believer in unfolding the human body's potential through a blend of complementary and allopathic medicine. Sharma and Bhagwan Dash, Caraka Samhita, Sutrasthana (Varanasi, India: Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, 2014), vol. Today’s post will walk you through some steps that will help prepare you and your body for baby!
By making and keeping this appointment, be well prepared for the long (and exciting) road of pregnancy.
Ayurvedic preconception care takes advantage of our body’s natural ability to cleanse and renew. Consider the factors in Table 1 for examining how timing is manifesting in your life, understanding that it is not as black and white as the table illustrates and that there are shades of gray in between. In this condition, high levels of unprocessed kapha in the body, particularly from sugar and increased resistance to insulin, contribute greatly to decreased, and in many cases absent, ovulation. The body ingeniously conserves its resources for the perceived threat and puts less vital functions, such as reproduction, on the back burner. In fertility cleansing, there is a specific effort to remove toxins and excess doshas from the field, the nutrients and fluid, and the seed, which are deeper tissue layers and therefore require deeper cleansing. You will see sincerity, trust, and compassion grow in your relationship from this practice. Give me strength to cleanse and be free so that I may offer my highest self to the child that is to come. Follow the general guidelines in the e-book (aside from the monodiet), including the routine of self massage (abhyanga) and gentle yoga.
Abstinence is a yogic practice used to conserve physical energy, ojas, and mental energy so that a more introspective and clear mind-set is maintained.
And for everyone, preconception rejuvenation calls for Chyavanprash, one teaspoon every morning with a glass of warm milk. Even with a plan such as the one recommended in this guide, allow for spontaneity and let the process unfold organically. Remember, most of the symptoms listed above are treatable, so see your doctor and make sure you’re healthy! It has a super easy interface, and is very comprehensive, asking me questions on things I hadn’t thought of. No matter what your past experiences with fertility are, Ayurveda offers a complete approach to fertility that embraces both the male and the female roles as equally important.
This is especially true for men, since fully mature sperm are produced, on average, every two months.
While in the bath, try to suck in the perineum to draw the herbal water and its effects close to the uterus. Vasant Lad and furthered her studies in Ayurvedic women's health with travels in Nepal with Dr. Traditional Ayurvedic cleansing for fertility lasts for several months in order to cleanse and revitalize the deepest tissue layers.
In addition to being a physician and certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she also has a love for yoga and is a certified AyurYoga teacher. Do your best not to become frustrated, remembering the impact of stress and anxiety on your fertility.
After you reach age 30, your chances of conceiving in any given month diminish, and they decrease as you age, dropping steeply in your 40s.Irregular menstrual cycles. The less often you have sex, the less likely you are to get pregnant.Amount of time you've been trying to conceive. If you haven't gotten pregnant after one year of trying to conceive, your chances of becoming pregnant may be lower. In short, the answer is frequently.A lot of couples trying to conceive spend a lot of energy timing sex, with mathematical precision, to calculate when a woman is prime for ovulation. Recent studies have shown the window of opportunity for a sperm to fertilize an egg is pretty small: Essentially, it's only the four to five days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation itself.

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