Preconception care is one of the most important things you can do for your baby and most of you have been receiving bad advice on the subject.
If you've been trying for a while, haven't gotten pregnant, or struggled to get pregnant, your doctor will probably tell you to try again in a year and come back for some testing if nothing happens.
This is some of the worst advice I have ever heard.
Here is why.
Your fertility is a sign of how healthy you are in general, and the health of both you and your partner at the time of conception is a strong predictor of the health of your child.
Why wait a year and try, hoping for the best, when it is relatively easy to do a small amount of testing, identify the problems, and work to fix them so that you are ready to have a healthy, happy pregnancy?
This is what I would describe as proper prenatal care.
We all want to create a healthy and happy family, and preconception planning is one way to ensure your future child has the best chance at a healthy and happy life.
Most of the time, we think of preconception care as just the mom taking prenatal vitamins. However, a complete approach would include the following steps.
I explain each in detail following this overview.
- Both mom and dad take high-quality prenatal's at least 90 days before you start trying. We like our Conceivable PreNatalbecause it is one of the market's most potent and well-designed formulas.
- Mom has had cycle day three labs, and dad has had a semen analysis. You can use Modern Fertility for cycle day 3 labs and Legacy for semen analysis.
- You have done your Conceivable Report to identify the underlying issues and are working on fixing them. You can grab that here.
Knowledge is power, and the only way to find out about your fertility as a couple is to test you both early on. Once you understand your issues, you can work to improve them.
A semen analysis is critical.
The health of you and your partner at the time of conception is very important for your child's future health, so I don't see why you would wait a year to look at these things.
Your mate's semen analysis is an indicator of his overall health. Poor sperm parameters, for example, are linked to a higher risk of and a more severe form of prostate cancer, as well as diabetes and heart disease. However, with the correct diet, lifestyle interventions, and super high-quality supplements, you can improve semen parameters by as much as 50% in 3-4 months.
Your cycle day 3 labs are also incredibly instructive.
First, we are seeing more and more young women and people with uteri having low AMH and/or high FSH. If you wait a year, you might waste months when you should have done everything possible to get pregnant or keep your fertility. Having irregular AMH or FSH may indicate an egg quality issue that you want to work to address using specific diet and lifestyle suggestions from your Conceivable Report and supplements to optimize mitochondrial health to ensure that your baby starts with the best eggs possible.
Prenatal care is very important and can help with any problems or birth defects that might happen during pregnancy. You can reduce your risk of developing these issues and improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and child by improving your health before getting pregnant.
The Conceivable Report is often the least used prenatal tool but possibly one of the most important because it has the ability to look at every aspect of your life, cycle, history, habits, exercise, sleep, temperatures, and so on to help you identify the underlying issues, and make a highly personalized plan to fix them.
People always ask me how to improve my fertility.
The most important step is to be proactive, figure out your issues, and fix them.
Now that is preconception care!!
Let us talk now about what else preconception care involves.
Depending on your particular requirements and circumstances, this may differ. However, some typical elements include:
Attending routine medical checkups: This is an excellent time to talk to your healthcare provider about any potential health issues or concerns and ensure you are up to date on any required vaccinations or screenings.
Taking care of your physical health includes eating a balanced diet, exercising frequently, and maintaining a healthy weight. Also, it's important not to smoke or drink a lot of alcohol because these bad habits can hurt fertility and pregnancy.
Managing stress: Because high-stress levels can affect fertility and pregnancy, it's critical to develop coping mechanisms and keep a positive outlook. This could involve practices like regular exercise, yoga, or meditation.
Talking with your doctor about medications: It is essential to speak to your doctor about any medications you are taking since some can hurt a growing baby or affect your ability to get pregnant. They can also help you figure out if taking these medicines while pregnant is safe.
Prenatal care can help with any problems or birth defects that may come up during the pregnancy. You can reduce your risk of developing these issues and improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and child by improving your health before getting pregnant.
So, I hope I have convinced you that today is the day to start planning for your pregnancy, no matter where you are along your journey.
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