Conception involves both female and male partners equally . It is essential to support the optimal health of both parents in the time leading up to conception, in order to give your new baby the very best start in life.
Now you may be thinking, “My diet is pretty good, I exercise, what more can I do to improve my health?” However , the reality is that fertility issues currently affect 1 in 6 couples. Therefore, preconception care should not just be considered as a last resort when months of trying to conceive have been unsuccessful.
When to start preconception care?
Your preconception health program should commence as soon as possible, ideally of 3 to 6 months prior to conception. This can significantly influence pregnancy outcomes and can have a substantial influence on the health of the developing fetus. Research has indicated that nutritional deficiencies, stress, illness and toxin exposure can all influence the health of the sperm and/or egg prior to conception.
Ideally 5 to 6 months prior to trying for a baby is the perfect opportunity for you and your partner to begin improving your health and correcting any nutritional deficiencies. This time frame is important as sperm take an average 72-76 days to develop and mature before being temporarily stored prior to ejaculation. In women, the egg maturation process occurs 3 to 4 months before she ovulates.
By taking action before pregnancy, you can help prevent many future complications for yourself, improve your ability to conceive, support your growing fetus and influence the health of your new child.
Cindi can help you with a personalised preconception plan that gives you and your partner and your future baby the best possible start.
Cindi recommends a range of in-clinic tests to assess your current state of cellular health to assess for nutrient deficiencies, toxicity and heavy metal levels to help formulate your personalised program.
Undergoing fertility treatment and IVF support?
If you have commenced IVF or Fertility treatment, we work alongside your fertility team to improve your chances of a successful outcome.