Why is it important for a couple to prepare for pregnancy?
Preconception care is one of the most responsible choices a couple can make together not only for the child’s health but also for future generations. It reduces the possibility of pregnancy loss and enhances the possibility of a healthy baby. Statistic’s say, that one out of every six women have difficulty conceiving.
By preparing for pregnancy one can enhance the chances of conception and maximise the future child’s potential – physically, mentally and emotionally. The mother can prepare for a successful, healthy pregnancy as well as a problem free birth and a satisfying breast feeding experience. Addressing preconception and pre/post natal care are the most rewarding parts of preventative medicine. When the mother to be takes the time and effort to do appropriate preparation for a few months before conception that will help her to enjoy optimum pregnancy and will have lifelong effects on her child and on the future generations to come.
When should a couple start preparing for pregnancy?
It should ideally begin at least 6 to 3 months prior to the conception attempts. This preparation time is important as the egg takes 3 months to mature and the sperm creating body-parts needed to cleared from toxic shocks as well to avoid implantation of unwanted memories in the sperm’s DNA .That means that the time when the sperm enters the egg, the genetic information is there and will determine the health of the developing foetus and later the developing child. Conception with sperm and/or eggs that carries toxic damages increases the possibility of pregnancy loss and decreases the chances of a healthy baby.
So what’s involved in a preconception program?
Issues affecting fertility need to be addressed. Factors that may affect fertility include:
Reproductive conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Diet: Both partners will need to eat a healthy highly nutritious whole food diet to provide the building blocks needed to produce healthy eggs and sperm in order to create a healthy baby. Protein and fats are the most important food groups. Eat clean organic foods and drink adequate amount of filtered water with added minerals. Minimise refined carbohydrates and avoid Coke and other sugar-loaded soft drinks (1 can a day can decrease fertility by 50% - experts claim). Avoid access consumption of alcohol (more then two glasses of wine) and give up smoking.
Lifestyle: Minimise stress – Reducing stress increases your fertility. Avoid exposure to toxins. Household cleaners. Petrol fumes. Paints. Glues and solvents. Chlorine. Insecticides. Nail polish.
Avoid radiation: More then one hour on Computer (have a break and exercise min.15 minutes). More then 10 minutes on mobile phone. More then 2 minutes on cordless phone. X-rays. Airline flights. Take high quality antioxidants, Vitamin B Complex, Folic Acid and Probiotics.
Address weight issues: Underweight increases the Child’s susceptibility to diseases later in their life and can impair organ development in foetus. Overweight considerably impacts on fertility and birth defects increases by 30-40% in children of overweight women and the child is more likely to suffer obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as an adult. Exercise minimum 30 minutes every day. This will reduce stress, normalise weight and increase pelvic blood circulation and thereby providing sperm and egg with nourishment.