Pregnancy – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

I’m never really a staunch believer of chinese medicine, especially when most of its medicines come with a bitter taste, which definitely isn’t my kind of tea. But as I set out to start my new adventure, I decided to try it with an open mind. After all, I didn’t want my plan to fail. So that’s what I did, choosing the nearest TCM and looked for the one with the most experience.

I had to do it earlier since everyone told me it takes at least about 3 months to tune your health back. So it started somewhere in March, and then for the following 6 months, I obeyed what the doctor said. Drinking packets of powdered bitter medicine thrice daily. Cutting down on spicy, fried and cold food. No cold drinks at all (which will make the womb “cold” and thus difficult to conceive”). Tried to sleep before 11pm (which is supposed to be the BEST medicine according to the doctor). Tuning my body to ensure the best environment for my baby. And TADA! I’m pregnant! What’s even more amazing is, my friend who went with me for the past 6 months, got pregnant too!

Of course, it could possibly be helping just a small percentage or just a coincidence that both of us were pregnant around the same time. But I feel that there really is not much harm in trying since the medicine helps to tune the body more than inserting artificial germs or viruses.

And indeed, after that few months of downing the medicine, I do feel my body getting better, and there wasn’t much menses cramps anymore. Oh yes, if your menses always have lumps of blood, or bad cramps, it’s probably time for you to visit one too.

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Pregnancy – Tips for Getting Pregnant

Trying to get pregnant for the first time? And there hasn’t been much luck? Here are some tips to follow which might help you in one way or another:

(1) Stop taking cold drinks. No means no, be strict on this or else it’s going to “cool” your womb such that it becomes weak. It’s a myth? Who cares as long as it really does help!

(2) Get into the mood. Okay, fine, it’s difficult especially if you’d tried for quite a while and all the mood had long been gone. But just TRY. It’s going to help the body relax quite a bit.

(3) Relax. Go for a holiday. It’s good. Body really needs to relax in order for you to get pregnant. Who wants to stay in a house where one can feel the tension even from the inside?

(4) Positioning. *Cough* It matters, really. Just imagine shortening the “Journey to the Womb”. If you are wondering which position is the best, googled for “Missionary Position”. Remember to put a pillow underneath your butt.

(5) Gravity helps. A continuation from the above. DO NOT stand up right after that. Yes, you might feel a little dirty, but gravity does really help in this case, IF you are lying down.

(6) Ovulation. For those ladies with a regular menses, guess what, it’s definitely a lot easier for you to count your ovulation period, which for most people, generally it’s around the 14th day from the first day of your last menses. Basal body temperature can also be used to detect the ovulation period.

(7) Once every 3 days. Of course, you can’t be doing it everyday (for most people) especially when both are working. So here’s one nice tip, try at least once every 3 days, for 2 weeks from the end of your last menses. Good for those who are lazy to think and calculate. Reason? Sperms can live up to 3-7 days, so let’s just take the minimum number of days it lives in the uterus and inject more after that. And the 2 weeks should be suffice enough to cover the ovulation period.

(8) Sleep & eat healthy. Exercise too. Again, the baby needs a nice home (the womb). If it ever detects that it’s not good, it wouldn’t even want to stay inside.

(9) Detox. If you like to drink, good, it’s time to stop. If you smoke too, great, stop this too! Both of this can actually reduce the chance of getting pregnant. Furthermore, it helps you to save money too once you stop. So, why not!

(10) Healthy him. You know, it’s definitely not fair at all if all the responsibilities fall on the female. And yes, it definitely isn’t just about the female, the dad-to-be has got to do some controllings too. So, make sure he eats healthy and exercise too so that the sperm and count is healthy.

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