Conception involves both female and male partners equally. That is why 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.
It is important to remember that preconception care is beneficial for all parents to be. The man’s health is equally as important as the woman’s. When becoming a parent, you pass on traits or distinguishing characteristics to your children – half of these traits come from the father and the other half from the mother. Therefore, it is equally important that both men and women take the time to prepare themselves during the preconception period, to ensure the best traits possible are passed onto the child.
When to start preconception care?
Your preconception health program should commence a minimum of 3 to 4 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.