Fertility Epigenetics & Pre-conception Planning
How do we explain the woman who conceives and maintains pregnancy easily, despite an appallingly bad diet and lifestyle? It’s a pretty hard concept to accept when you are being told you can’t drink any alcohol at all, that your diet needs to be radically cleaned up, your lifestyle needs a bit of a tweak and you are investing in various natural remedies to balance your system. Seems hardly fair, right? The study of fertility epigenetics answers this commonly asked question:
Why her and not me?
You can partly blame your ancestors
When we spend time in ancient places, it’s easy to be reminded of how the people who have come before us continue to influence our lives. They whisper through the ages shaping our culture and subsequently who we are. Our food, language and lifestyle morph throughout time, yet they remain intrinsically linked to our ancestors.
Fertility epigenetics researchers are now convinced that ancestral exposures to environmental insults can trigger issues in the reproductive systems of future generations. In these situations the genes are not actually modified, but the way they are expressed can vary i.e they appear the same but they behave differently.
Traditional Chinese medicine has long understood that energetic physiological patterns created in our ancestral lineage can also continue to vibrate in subsequent generations. This is why it is such a great model to integrate into a contemporary fertility treatment plan. Having a thorough understanding of the subtle variations in in the way your body functions helps you understand the importance of adherring to a fertility plan that has a holistic approach.
Take responsibility for your toxic load
There is no doubt that the reproductive systems of some people are more sensitive to certain environmental exposures than others. This is partly due to epigenetic triggers. If you are struggling to have a baby, it is likely you are one of these people. If so, you simply can not escape the fact that you absolutely must bring your body into a greater state of health and physiological balance in order for conception, healthy pregnancy and above all a healthy child to come into being.
We know pre-conception maternal health affects the health of children beyond pregnancy. We also know that poor nutrition in one generation, as a result of malnourishment during wartime, poverty or poor choices, can influence the next generations.
Exposure to numerous toxins can also impact the fertility of people whose reproductive systems are sensitive to them. For many of us in the developed world generational exposure to environmental toxins has become such an accepted part of modern life that most people don’t question it, let alone know how to detox their bodies.
Processed foods; many recreational and pharmaceutical drugs; chemicals in our cleaning products, skin care, water, cosmetics and numerous other products, all can build up in your body and upset a fine balance that interferes with reproduction.
Pre-conception care is an investment in your child’s health
A family history of robust health and fertility can bode well for next generations if no severe adverse influences are encountered. Too many people are short term focused on becoming pregnant. But it is irrefutable that your pre-conception preparation is the greatest gift you can give your child’s health for many years to come. So take the time to do it as thoroughly as possible.
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