16 Apr Preconception Care
Preconception care for couples Conception involves both female and male partners equally. That’s why it’s essential to support the health of both parents in the time leading up to conception, in order to give your new baby the very best start in life. The preconception journey is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a healthy pregnancy, birth and of course, a beautiful, healthy child. This phase can also be a challenge for the 1 in 6 couples affected by fertility issues. Aim for at least four months prior to conception to influence pregnancy outcomes, and the health of the developing foetus. This provides a great opportunity for you and your partner to begin improving your health and correcting any nutritional deficiencies. By taking action before pregnancy, you can help prevent many future complications for yourself, improve your ability to conceive, support your growing foetus and influence the health of your child. Your Practitioner is the best person to discuss any questions or concerns with, and can help you individualise a preconception plan that gives you, your partner and your future baby the best possible start.
Preconception Nutrient requirements
Specific probiotic strains, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®), Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (BB-12®), Bifidobacterium breve (M-16v) and Bifidobacterium longum (BB536) can help maintain healthy maternal glucose balance which may reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, support healthy gastrointestinal and immune function, and reduce the risk of allergic-type conditions developing in children. Bifidobacterium taken during pregnancy (and during childhood) has been linked to a reduction in behavioural complaints in children.
Essential Fatty Acids
The essential fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in algal oil or fish oil, helps to support healthy foetal brain and nervous system development.
Zinc is an important nutrient required for normal cell division, hormone metabolism, gene expression, protein synthesis and immune function – all essential for healthy foetal development.
Blood volume during pregnancy increases between 2.5 L to 3.7 L, making it essential to maintain a healthy dietary intake of iron throughout pregnancy. Iron is also vital for the baby’s brain and psychomotor development.
Assists in calcium absorption and helps to support foetal bone development. Sufficient vitamin D levels promote healthy birth weight. It can be difficult to obtain an adequate daily vitamin D intake from diet alone during pregnancy.
Supports normal DNA production and replication. Folic acid taken during preconception and early pregnancy may reduce the risk of birth defects affecting the brain and/or spinal cord, such as neural tube defects.
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