My recommendation of the 10 MOST important things you need to do to boost your fertility and prepare for pregnancy, are the following:
- You need to check to see if you have the MTHFR gene (link this to article 1) . Both you AND your partner (just a quick blood test available at mthfrsupport.com.au).
- You need to check key bloods to see how this folate or lack there of is affecting you.
I would recommend you check the following:
- Full blood count
- Homocysteine levels (this is connected to the MTHFR gene and if this sits too high or too low it will affect your ability to use the good folate. It’s also another risk factor in problems in pregnancy
- Iron level
- Zinc – this important nutrient is crucial for cell function, immune function, brain chemicals
- Copper – if this is too high going into pregnancy it may cause post-natal depression post pregnancy because copper levels naturally raise during pregnancy
- Iodine – this nutrient is crucial for the health of your baby’s brain so you need to ensure that good levels of iodine are in place before you fall pregnant.
- Check Factor V Leiden – this is a clotting gene that may affect the nutrients going from you to the baby via the placenta.
- You need to make sure your weight is at good levels. Too much weight or not enough weight will affect you during pregnancy. By the way if you have always had problems losing weight this may be a big indication that you have the MTHFR gene as it affects fat metabolism. If you are underweight you probably wont be able to fall pregnant, as you need around a 22% body fat to have decent hormones.
- Make sure you are doing regular exercise – exercise is crucial for your cardiovascular system, it will help your heart in pregnancy and make you much more able to cope with the demands of your pregnancy. It also helps stress levels and general feeling of well-being.
- Eat well. Skipping meals and eating badly will reflect badly on the outcome of your pregnancy. Your baby is going to use every nutrient available to him/her during the first few months of development. Its almost too late if you start when you are pregnant because much of the growing has already been done.
- Watch your stress levels. Stress is the number one thing that will make your MTHFR gene express. What this means is that the gene will likely cause issues for you, because stress chews through all these really important methyl groups that your MTHFR gene creates. This is basically your good folate, so there isn’t enough folate to support the baby’s DNA and growing cells.
- Check your home for pollutants and use as many environmentally friendly products as you possibly can. As one product finishes you can substitute with a new one that’s good for the environment and for you. The supermarket has a great array of environmentally friendly products without dangerous organophosphates or phthalates. Don’t have power boxes or clock radios or electrical equipment in your room when you are trying to fall pregnant. These can cause miscarriages in some people.
- Supplement with a good quality pre-natal and nutrients that will support your DNA synthesis but also your antioxidant status, cell membrane health and sperm quality for the men.
- Don’t drink alcohol or smoke, as this will deplete the folate levels. Remember that goes for the prospective Dad as well.
- And my most important point is that YOU HAVE TO DO THIS FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE YOU FALL PREGNANT! Why because every red blood cell in your body has a 120 day life cycle, so if you want to affect all your cells you need to wait that long. I can tell you with my experience of helping many couples fall pregnant that this is THE most important thing.
In my preconception course I take you through the easiest step by step guide that answers all your questions and helps you pass on the best genes you can to your baby!