Preconception care enhances your natural fertility and is the ultimate in preventative medicine. When you plan your pregnancy, and decide to improve your nutrition and lifestyle prior to getting pregnant - can positively influence the health of your child for many years to come.
Ideally both partners have the opportunity to assess and address any issues that may compromise fertility. Now is the time to reduce any toxic exposure, achieve a healthy body composition and build nutritional credit to give yourself every opportunity to enhance your natural fertility. This strongly improves your chances of an uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy baby. Stress and nutrition are major environmental signals that influence both fertility and the developing foetus, making these important areas of focus for prospective parents in the preconception phase of growing their family.
From conception to the end of the first three months, the mass of the embryo increases over 2 ½ million times. This is the period during which cells differentiate and organs are formed. This rapid phase of growth requires levels of nutrients which are many times higher than those required by your body in its pre-pregnant state. There is little doubt that a diet deficiencies which may go unnoticed in day-to-day life may fail to support a pregnancy. The development during this critical and rapid phase of growth and cell division also occurs to a very strict timetable. For example, if the nutrients needed for the satisfactory closure of the neural tube are absent, on day 28 or 29 of the pregnancy, or present in insufficient quantities, development will proceed regardless, but a neural tube defect such as spina bifida will result.
Preconception care should ideally begin at least 4 months prior to the conception attempts. This preparation time is necessary as the ova take 3 months to mature and sperm take 2- 4 months to generate. Ensuring the health of sperm and ova by managing oxidative stress, reducing toxicity and providing nutritional support notably reduces the risk of miscarriage and supports a full term uncomplicated pregnancy.
Men are often overlooked in the preconception stages, but their contribution of half the genetic material is, of course, extremely important. Sperm production requires adequate nutritional levels and an absence of chemicals – since sperm are susceptible to oxidative damage from temperature, environmental and dietary toxins, toxins and radiation, so including both partners in a preconception care program is vital.
Our Naturopaths at Perth Natural Fertility can recommend the right program for you and guide you through a safe, natural, individually prescribed program to improve your fertility in as little as 90 days.