Five things you should know before trying to fall pregnant:
Trying for a baby? Read this!
Date: November 01 2016
Are you trying to get pregnant? Here are five things you need to know for a successful and healthy pregnancy:
1. Change your lifestyle
Introduce a balanced and healthy diet into your life. This may be a sensitive topic for some, but excess body fat secretes estrogen, which in turn may act like a contraceptive pill. This can affect both males and females and impact on their fertility levels.
2. Take a multi vitamin
Getting sufficient and essential nutrients for pregnancy through diet alone can be difficult. It is recommended that all women looking to fall pregnant take a pregnancy multivitamin containing B vitamins, to reduce the prevalence of spina bifida, as well as iodine and folic acid . You should start taking a multivitamin at least three months before trying for a baby.
3. Extra Nutrients
It’s a fact of life that during pregnancy, the mother is essentially growing a small human being from scratch inside the body. While a multi vitamin is fantastic, the body will draw on other nutrients far more than what the body can provide, and take what it needs to help create a healthy and happy baby. Extra minerals and vitamins such as calcium and fish oil on top of the multi vitamin may be beneficial.
4. Stop drinking and smoking
The average age of first time mothers in Australia is approximately 28 years old. While this may seem very obvious, if you are planning on trying for a baby, it is imperative that you stop smoking, drinking, or taking any illicit drugs. Drinking during pregnancy puts the foetus at risk of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FOS), which may lead small head size, poor coordination, and behaviour problems once the baby has been born.
Ubiquinol is the more bioavailable form of CoQ10, and contains ingredients that are not usually included in an everyday multivitamin. It is especially beneficial for men, as it helps to provide the energy for the sperm. To get technical, the energy from the tail of the sperm comes from the mitochondria, or the ‘powerhouse’ of the cell. Ubiquinol in turn provides essential energy for the mitochondria. As we’re all aware, sperm is required to swim up the fallopian tubes and fertilise the egg from the mother. Without this energy, the sperm won’t make it to the egg, and fertilisation won’t work.