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Preconception Wellness

Eat healthy.

Proper nutrition provides a favorable ovarian environment for the eggs during the maturation process.

  • Eat a balanced diet of whole foods including plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables (organic if possible).
  • Avoid meat, fish or poultry that has been farmed using growth hormones.
  • Avoid processed food – anything that comes in a package (If it is from a package, stop and read the label. Stay away from products with a lengthy ingredient list of things you cannot pronounce).
  • Take a good quality prenatal vitamin daily.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine intake, both of which can negatively affect fertility.

Stop smoking.

Smoking cigarettes delays conception and causes early menopause. Marijuana can interfere with ovulation and is toxic to a tiny developing egg. If you need assistance, acupuncture can help with your withdrawal symptoms.

Maintain healthy weight.

You should aim for a BMI (body mass index ) of 20 – 25. This range is associated with higher pregnancy and lower miscarriage rates than those above or below this range.

  • If you are overweight, exercise and a good diet in combination with acupuncture and herbs can help to control your appetite and improve your metabolism.
  • If you are underweight, increase your intake of calorie dense protein and low glycemic index carbohydrates.

Regularly exercise in moderation.

Find something you enjoy doing. It will increase your energy, enhance your mood and help you sleep.

Reduce Stress.

Increased stress is associated with a reduction in follicles. Minor stressors can cause ovulation failure. Acupuncture is effective in reducing stress, relieving anxiety and consequently regulating ovulation. Meditation may also prove beneficial at this time.

Develop good sleeping habits.

Good sleep is essential to maintain a healthy balance of hormones and overall optimal wellness. Acupuncture is a natural treatment for insomnia.


Southside Acupuncture, PLLC
Cameron Szok, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
1810 8th Ave; Suite B
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
(p) 817-913-2421