Helping you conceive naturally
Preconception care goes beyond taking a folic acid pill 3 months before pregnancy! Health prior to baby is incredibly important as women are fertile from puberty all the way to menopause. The diet and lifestyle routines that we currently have in place can affect our future chances at fertility. Moreover, because many women are having their first child between 35-44 years old, these deeply ingrained routines and advancing maternal age can undoubtedly affect fertility.
A 2017 study outlined the factors affecting fertility and which behaviours that can be modified before conception:
- Quitting alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
- Folic acid and multivitamin supplementation
- Testing for STIs
- Minimizing exposure to environmental pollutants like BPA
- Reducing stress and getting enough sleep
- Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight
How can a ND help with preconception?
While drinking a green smoothie everyday may promote a healthy diet right away, some of these behaviours can be difficult to change immediately – like quitting smoking and weight loss. I aim to work with you to help figure out any roadblocks that might be preventing your goal, whether it be mental/emotional or hormones!Ultimately, my goal is to educate you on how the above factors affect fertility – and what you can do about them! For instance, you may know that your need to take a folic acid supplement prior to pregnancy, but you might not know how much, the best form or why. I want to empower you with everything you need to think about before becoming pregnant. Let’s work together to create lasting lifestyle changes that will improve your fertility, your chances at conception and the health of you and your future child!
If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant within the next 1-2 years and are interested in increasing your fertility, book an appointment with me!
Toivonen K, Oinonen K, Duchene K. Preconception health behaviours: A scoping review. Preventive Medicine. 2017;96:1-15. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.11.022.