- Juanita Weaver-Reiss
Fertility and pregnancy - Nutrition can help
You are trying to conceive and it seems like all of your attempts are not working?
Ways to improve your fertility outcomes
It is of vital importance that you and your partner are in the best health 3 to 4 months prior to making a baby.
The basics of pregnancy
the woman's egg is fertilized by sperm
It is not just about the woman's health before pregnancy
The chances of a pregnancy happening is improved when both the egg and sperm are both as healthy as possible
Factors that can impair conception/pregnancy - impair your cells - the egg and the sperm
Maybe your doctor hasn't mentioned oxidative stress as a factor that makes it difficult for you to become pregnant.
Oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance between free radicals and the antioxidants in your body.
Both the egg and the sperm are susceptible to being damaged by free radicals. If this becomes a long term condition in the body, your ability to become pregnant can be affected.
For women - a reduction in egg quality
For men - a potential for a reduction in sperm count, sperm motility, damage to sperm DNA
For women, as you get older, you are more likely to have more oxidative stress from:
exposure to pollution
from a not so healthy diet
And other factors
The older we get, the more difficult it is to become pregnant
Important facts to know for fertility (and for pregnancy to happen) is:
The egg and sperm are cells
The egg and sperm can be healthier through good nutrition.
This means eating whole foods - lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains,
Instead of restaurant meals, cooking meals at home
Not skipping meals
Reducing and eliminating sugar
Eliminate alcohol and recreational drugs
Antioxidants have been shown to be beneficial for women over the age of 35
The way to do this can be in a couple of different ways
Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidant type foods
Taking antioxidant supplements
Co Enzyme Q10 - can be taken to optimize egg health
Choline - can help to prevent neural tube defects
Instead of guessing on what supplements you need - Test don't guess
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