How to have a Healthy Baby and Pregnancy

by | May 9, 2019 | Preconception and Pregnancy

Here are the most important things that you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and baby:

Firstly, get the right tests done

Your results will give an insight into your overall health, hormones and fertility status. Getting the tests done now allows you time to help you correct any nutritional deficiencies and address any potential health concerns that need attention. Typical tests……

Start taking the right form of folate for YOU.

Most pregnant women know that taking a prenatal vitamin is absolutely essential, but for mums with MTHFR it can be helpful to think differently. Mums with MTHRF process folate differently so it’s important to take a prenatal vitamin that uses the right form of folate for their their body. Your naturopath or clinical nutritionist can help you with that.

The MTHFR gene is responsible for helping your body convert folate into an active form and affects 1 in 4 people. If you or your partner have the MTHFR gene, then it could be affecting your fertility too. MTHFR has been linked with elevated homocysteine, miscarriage, spina bifida, birth defects and increased risk of preeclampsia.

Manage Your Stress

Stress and fertility just don’t get along. We all have to deal with stress in our fast paced high tech environment, but it’s how we deal with it that matters. Our response to stress can be physical or emotional. Now is the time to clear the clutter, work on the emotional baggage and use mindfulness techniques to keep you calm, grounded and of course manage your stress levels.

Watch Your Weight

Now is the time to reboot your metabolism and get your weight in check. Numerous studies show that obesity can seriously impact your fertility and chances of conceiving a baby. Not only are obese individuals more likely to experience infertility, they are less likely to benefit from fertility treatments such as IVF. Obesity is also associated with poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of infertility.

Detox your environment

Skincare, hair care and household products are full of hidden reproductive toxins and hormone disrupting chemicals. What ever you directly apply to your skin, hair, teeth is absorbed and has an effect on your hormones and fertility. Avoid any products that contain toxic chemicals such as SLS, phthalates, parabens and petrochemicals . Fertility disruptors are abundant in our modern environment leading to metabolic toxicity, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and immune issues.

Boost your fertility foods

What you eat, becomes you….and the building blocks for your baby. We really cannot stress just how important diet is to your reproductive health. A healthy and nourished body is a fertile body.

Timing is important

Make sure that you know exactly when it is the perfect time to make a baby. Do you know how to recognise your fertile time? What are the signs to look for? – ovulation signs, how to chart your temperature, recognize your fertile cervical mucus. These are all tools that make your fertility journey much more empowering whilst learning how to reconnect with your body.

Be careful with too much alcohol

We all know that alcohol and fertility don’t go hand in hand. But did you know that it takes around 120 days for egg and sperm to mature and be released. During that time everything you and your partner consume (alcohol, cigarettes, drugs) and environmental toxin exposure will influence the quality of the eggs and sperm.

References

PCOS, obesity and infertility

MTHFR, Elevated Homocysteine and Miscarriage

MTHFR and Preeclampsia

 

It is important to prepare for pregnancy and have the support you need

You might like to see where your nutrition is at, how to eat better for you and baby. Do you have any issues that need some attention and would like some help with what to expect? We are here to guide you through and find what works for you. Click here to find out more.

 

 

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