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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

Oxidative Stress

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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