Fertility… and the right conditions for conception
For those wishing to enhance fertility and prepare for pregnancy, ensuring optimal nutritional status of both parents-to-be is a vital first step.
To improve your ability to conceive and increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy, it is wise to plan ahead at least 4 months – and longer if possible.
A woman who is already well nourished can expect healthy eggs to mature in 4 months; and it takes at least 3 months for healthy sperm to be produced.
Not only are you preparing for your own healthy baby, but also your grandchildren’s health!
I found it very sobering to learn that the life-long health of my granddaughter will be affected by my own nutritional status long before I conceived my daughter1.
When fertility problems are suspected, the woman’s reproductive ability is usually examined first.
Men may need to be reminded that their fertility is equally susceptible to problems.
This applies more particularly these days when we often don’t have very healthy eating habits or lifestyles, and are bombarded by environmental toxins.
The health of sperm is affected significantly by lifestyle factors including smoking, which can cause nutrient deficiencies and affect fertility.
Scientists estimate that just one puff of second-hand smoke contains up to one hundred trillion free radicals – destructive molecules which damage delicate cell membranes throughout the body. Read more
Smoking thus causes deficiency of the antioxidant vitamins E and C which we need to protect us from free radical damage.
Deficiencies of Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc can adversely affect fertility (in both men and women).
Xenoestrogens have been shown to disrupt sperm development.2 These are oestrogen-like molecules from pesticides and plastics. During the pre-conceptual period, you can reduce your intake of xenoestrogens by eating organic food and avoiding food and drink in plastic containers.
NutriBaby offers advice about what healthy eating really means, as well as an appropriate supplement programme, to support health for fertility, conception and pregnancy.
Note: If you think you may have a physical condition which may affect your ability to conceive, you should also consult your GP or other medical practitioner. Nutritional Therapy forms part of an integrated approach, and NutriBaby is happy to work with your doctor.
- Barker D (2008) Nutrition in the Womb. www.TheBarkerFoundation.org
- Callard G and Reese D. (2000) Xenoestrogen Effects During Premeiotic Stages of Spermatogenesis Development of an InVitro Test System and Molecular Markers of Action. US Environmental Protection Agency study, Boston University.