Preconception

 

Many people believe that being able to have a baby is just the luck of the draw. In reality, you can make your body as hospitable as possible to promote the chances of conceiving. Doing this doesn't have to be difficult with the right guidance. Michelle will work with you to identify factors that are making it challenging to conceive and work out a diet and lifestyle plan that is suitable for you. Ensure you have the best chance of having your baby by talking to Michelle.

The potential issues

We can't get pregnant! What is happening? It could be a combination of many things, such as: 

  • Thyroid issues

  • Insulin resistance

  • Toxicity

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Stress

  • Over or under exercising

  • Inflammation

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Excess weight

  • Genetic variations in the MTHFR gene (women)

It is important to assess the man and woman. We can run tests for the above and work out a unique plan to re-balance the body. If you would like to explore this further and pinpoint the specific issues, contact Michelle. 

Please note that the protocol will need to be followed by the man and woman for 3 months. The follicle and sperm take around 3 months to develop. 

Helping the man

Want the best quality sperm to increase your likelihood of conceiving and so that your baby has the best chance at a healthy, thriving life? It is just as important for the man to be extra healthy for 3 months, when the sperm starts developing. It would be best to book in to see Michelle with your partner. You can also follow the guidance below for 3 months for better quality and more quantity of sperm: 

  • Eat more:

    • Vitamin D (oily fish, eggs, mushrooms)

    • Selenium (Brazil nuts)

    • Zinc (oysters, lean red meat, nuts, seeds, wholegrains)

    • Folate (green leafy vegetables)

    • Antioxidants (colourful vegetables and berries

Do not supplement without being tested for deficiency.

  • Avoid:

    • Tight fitting clothing around the testes

    • Excessive exposure to heat 

    • Toxins (inorganic vegetables, unnatural cosmetics & cleaning products and busy roads)

    • More than 14 units of alcohol per week – spread evenly over 3 days or more (1 unit = half pint of beer or 1.5 units = 1 small glass of wine)

Helping the woman

Your follicles take around 3-months to develop, if you would like to increase your follicle abundance and quality, start cleaning up your life now. It would be best to book in to see Michelle with your partner. You can also follow the guidance below for 3 months: 

  • Supplement: 

    • Pre-natal folic acid - 400 - 600µg daily

    • Additional supplementation may be required but is not advised without consulting a practitioner. 

  • Eat more:

    • Vitamin D (oily fish, eggs, mushrooms) - more in winter, for women with BMI over 30 & who cover their skin

    • Iron (spinach, broccoli, red meat, chicken, eggs) 

    • Omega-3 (oily fish, flaxmeal, walnuts)

    • Vitamin B12 (animal products & fortified foods)

    • Iodine (seaweed, cod, tuna, eggs, prunes)

    • Calcium (seeds, sardines, beans, almonds)

Women with a genetic history of NTDs or women with a genetic polymorphism that impairs the conversion of folic acid to L’methylfolate should supplement with L’methylfolate instead of folic acid.

Folate is the form found naturally in foods such as, green leafies, chickpeas, avocados, beans, eggs, nuts​​. Folic acid is in supplements or when it is added to foods (cereals, bread, milk).

Folate is water soluble and easily destroyed by cooking.

  • Avoid:

    • Toxins (inorganic vegetables, unnatural cosmetics & cleaning products and busy roads)

    • Alcohol 

Pregnancy

 

You're pregnant, congratulations! Let's ensure your baby enters the world the best he/she can possibly be. Eating right is essential for you and your baby. Michelle can give you invaluable diet and lifestyle guidance to feel your best in these 9 months and making sure your baby has the best possible chance at a healthy life. Book a chat with Michelle now. 

       MICHELLE BOEHM

BANT Registered Nutritionist & 

Registered Nutritional Therapist CNHC

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