How else can you prepare for conception? Victoria Gazzard shares the other aspects covered by her conception programme

In our previous article, Victoria Gazzard explained how the treatments she offers help clients to prepare for conception. In the next part of this, she outlines other aspects of her conception programme, including lifestyle issues, treatment for the man, for clients having IVF, and also for the next stage, whether it is a pregnancy or moving on to the next menstrual cycle. She begins by talking about the impact of stress:

What impact does stress have on becoming pregnant?

“Stress can interfere with ovulation timing. Also, it is difficult to get into the mood to make love when we are stressed. Tension will interfere with how the physical process works, with the body tightening up, and causing tension in the pelvic region. This can also make intercourse uncomfortable.

I always advise going back to the basics – and that this is about you and your partner. It is important energetically and emotionally for the body to be open to receive a new life.”


What other lifestyle issues could clients focus on while trying to conceive?

I recommend taking a good quality pre-natal vitamin such as Cytoplan. It is also important to be aware of your alcohol and drug intake. The embryo is very delicate during the early stages of development and therefore It could have a bad effect on the health of the baby if conception has occurred while intoxicated or toxins are consumed post-conception.”


What about treatment for the man, including men who are looking to conceive with a surrogate?

“I treat male clients through reflexology. Because the life cycle of a sperm cell is around 90 days, the work we do before conception is the most critical for improving sperm parameters, clearing tubal blockages and reducing stress and anxiety.”


What about for clients having IVF?

“Many of my clients come to see me because they are going through IVF. My focus is to help support the body during this process, manage side effects and anxiety and prepare the body to receive the embryo/blastocyst. It is important to energetically connect with the eggs during retrieval and in the lab throughout the IVF process and during the development phase. I get my clients visualising a protective bubble around each one and to send them love and encouragement from their heart. This helps maintain focus and is a wonderful relaxation technique that also assists in helping to ensure that the body is in a place of love when the embryo is put back in. Visualisations are a powerful tool that target the subconscious mind, connect the mind and body and reduce the negative effects of the flight-or-fight hormones.”


Which of your treatments work best to help clients cope when their period starts the following month, to deal with the disappointment of not conceiving?

“Although very disappointing, a bleed is the start of the cycle, the beginning of a new chance to try, a time to evaluate what lifestyle or dietary changes worked and what didn’t and whether self-care can be improved. A reflexology treatment or EFT during this time is very beneficial to help deal with the emotional aspect as well as physically working the uterus reflex to assist with menstruation and the endocrine system to balance the hormones.”


How soon after a pregnancy has been confirmed do you then move to the next stage of treatment?

“I am a trained maternity reflexologist and I treat in early pregnancy to help support the pregnancy, help manage anxieties as well as early pregnancy symptoms. My fertility clients are usually very happy to continue to be supported by me right up to labour. Depending on how that pregnancy goes, I may only see them once or twice a month. Support during this stage is often very much needed especially, if there is a history of miscarriage or clients have used Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).”



So what would be your key advice for optimising conception?

“Look at diet, lifestyle, self-care, limiting beliefs and parenting wounds as well as your own conception and birth story.

Improve the connection with your partner, so you are both in a good space for not only conceiving but also becoming a parent. Sometimes just deciding to have a break for a menstrual cycle can be what’s needed to take the pressure off.

It is all about ensuring the body and mind are well prepared for the magical fusion of a quality sperm and egg!”


For more information on Victoria, please see the practitioner section on our website. Call Victoria direct on 07701 046 226 for further information and to book an appointment, or use her online booking system. Alternatively, contact the Alma Vale Centre on 0117 377 1186 or e-mail us on



To view other articles in this series:

  • Article 1 Being ready to conceive covered diet and lifestyle factors, managing stress through to the emotional aspects of preparing to become a parent, as well as looking at what the treatments would involve for the man.
  • Because for the woman, preconception care is focused around their monthly cycle, in article 2, Understanding the woman’s cycleVictoria talked about how the treatment works at each stage.
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