Preparing for anything worthwhile in life takes work. If you think of the things you have poured yourself into, they have all required thinking, planning, and feeling through, whether it was a career, a year traveling the world, or a great relationship. Which is why it’s a little odd that we don’t always expect preparing for pregnancy to take any amount of sincere effort. Here’s some very real talk; preparation is just as important when you are trying to get pregnant. As a fertility acupuncturist finally seeing a trend toward open conversations about fertility, I think one reason women don’t discuss preparation as much as we should is because we tend to think of pregnancy from a limited biological standpoint. Pregnancy seems like something that just happens, right? Until it doesn’t.
After over 16 years treating fertility issues, I can promise you that pregnancy is first and foremost about change. Change in itself often requires that we stretch emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. This is even more true with pregnancy. Your body changes, your priorities change, your mentality changes, and the way you approach your life transforms too.
So how do we prepare for all of that? I believe an important key is mindfulness. True preparation requires that we slow down, shut off some of the noise in our lives, and learn to listen more to what matters. Becoming more present when you are preparing to become pregnant is really all about knowing yourself and finding clarity. So if you’ve just started to try, or you’re going through any ups and downs during your path to conception, here are some ways to cultivate mindful preparation regarding this changing landscape in your life: