Did you know that you can make a really impactful difference to your fertility health in just 3 months for both men and women.
With this in mind it’s an excellent idea to take some time to boost your hormonal and overall health within this time before trying to conceive. Giving you and your partners body what it needs to flourish and feel great may increase the likelihood of a smooth pregnancy and healthy baby.
What about nutrition?
Most of us know the importance of taking folate prior to conception and then maintaining that into pregnancy as well.
However, there are other nutrients which are also vitally important to consider. Such as protein, choline, minerals like zinc, iron, iodine (from good quality seaweed), B vitamins, vitamin D and antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C & E. So eating a diet rich in nutrition with an abundance of colourful veggies, berries, good fats and quality protein sources is an excellent start. If you are vegetarian it’s a good idea to be particularly ‘nutrient conscious’ with ensuring you eat enough protein, choline and minerals. Avoiding foods which can lead to inflammation and congestion such as processed and deep fried foods and an excess of dairy may also be very beneficial.
What else can really make a Difference?
Studies have also shown that making some lifestyle changes may also prove to be really beneficial. The following suggestions may seem simple and obvious (however may feel a bit overwhelming to incorporate) but they can make a positive impact on fertility health for both prospective Mum and Dad.
Stress really has the ability to overrule our reproductive health as our hormones can be thrown off balance when we are really exhausted, too busy, not resting enough and or experiencing emotional stress. Reducing stress where possible is ideal. While also incorporating techniques to manage stress on a regular basis (that work for you) is the way to go. For example doing a 20-30 minute walk everyday, using daily guided meditations or having a regular yoga practice can all assist in reducing stress hormones and support sex hormone balance.
Caffeine and alcohol…
Ideally preconception care involves avoiding any addictive substances for at least 3 months where possible for both partners. This includes coffee, alcohol, cigarettes etc – Be brave and seek the professional help you need if this is proving to be a difficult task.
Encourage a healthy weight for fertilty, healthy pregnancy and bub….
Making a conscious effort to shift excess weight also increases chances of conception. Some helpful tips to do this include reducing unnecessary processed carbs in the diet, increase fibre to encourage healthy elimination of toxins, keeping well hydrated and finding ways to exercise incidentally throughout your day.
So if the aim is to have a healthy bub it’s a great idea to consider incorporating some of these suggestions into your life for at least three months before trying to conceive. Come and chat to Carolyn if you would like more Naturopathic support regarding preconception care.
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Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs.