Maximum Preconception Health
"We want to have a baby'" are exciting words in an exciting time for so many couples. However, before you start trying to conceive, there are a number of things you can do to maximize your chances of conception, pregnancy and a healthy baby.
We call this Preconception Health. As our world has become more ‘advanced' we are exposed to more toxins and negative environmental influences. Remember, major determinants of the physical and mental health of our offspring happen within the first month of gestation; generally before mom even knows she is pregnant!
Drs. Ginsberg, Ta and Weathers can help you (and Dad!) get the body ready to conceive. Digestion and nutrient deficiencies, inflammatory markers and genetic issues can be silent but have a major effect on our fertility and offspring. Our doctors can help you determine which testing may be necessary in the preconception months and which steps to take now to maximize your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Regardless whether you plan to get pregnant this year, or five years from now, good nutrition is a key part of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. A poor diet, low in nutrient dense vegetables, protein, fruit and healthy fat can result in the following:
- Vitamin C and/or Vitamin B5 deficiency may lower progesterone production, which is needed for ovulation as well as maintenance of a pregnancy.
- Vitamin D deficiency may create excess production of androgens (testosterone) and create hormone imbalances. This deficiency also seems to make PCOS symptoms worse, contributing to irregular cycles and unpredictable ovulation.
- Vitamin A deficiency may cause developmental defects of the fetus and contribute to the risk of newborn death.
- Folate deficiency may increase risk of miscarriage and cause neural tube defects.
- Vitamin B6 deficiency as well as Magnesium deficiency may disrupt estrogen and/or progesterone metabolism, creating a hormonal imbalance that leads to irregular ovulation.
- Zinc deficiency may lead to birth defects, low birth weight and infertility.
- Choline deficiency and/or Inositol deficiency may cause abnormal fetal development.
Poor nutrition is not the only cause of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Certain medications can also cause deficiencies. One example is oral estrogens, such as those in birth control pills, which tend to cause folate, B-12 and B-6 deficiencies.
A healthy pregnancy and delivery is heavily influenced by your lifestyle before conception. Our doctors can help you determine the first steps to take before conception to start you on your journey to motherhood.
To request an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss a preconception plan, please complete the form below.