What is preconception care?
Preconception care is getting your eggs (plus partner’s sperm) into optimal health BEFORE you conceive. Our eggs take about 100-120 days to reach the final stages of maturation before ovulation, so during this time we can influence the quality of our eggs through our diet and lifestyle factors.
The same goes for sperm, although sperm only takes around 75 days to reach the final stages of development. This time is highly important to ensure the sperm are in optimal condition so they can successfully fertilise an egg. Sperm are also influenced by diet and lifestyle factors (we’ll go into these lifestyle factors below!).
For many couples who have been trying to conceive for a while, completing 3-4 months of preconception care can help them finally conceive a baby. The quality of our eggs & sperm matters A LOT when it comes to conception.
So what do I do for preconception care?
For my preconception care clients, I create a detailed treatment plan specific to their individual needs. (Looking for your own preconception plan? Check this out!) There’s so many factors to consider when you’re trying to conceive such as:
- Eating a balanced nutritious wholefoods diet, limiting processed foods.
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
- Optimising sexual health (recurrent urinary tract infections are one factor here that can impact fertility).
- Improving sleep (so important for hormone health!).
- Reducing stress levels.
- Avoiding radiation exposure (most importantly, mobile phone radiation).
- Address any pre-existing health issues such as thyroid conditions, hormone imbalances, etc.
- Weight loss, if needed.
Another important part of preconception care is having a checkup by a GP. Asking your GP to run some general health checks such as thyroid function panel, iron studies and full blood count are a great starting point to ensure your health is in good condition.
If you’d like to kickstart your fertility with some preconception care, a great place to start is my FREE Preconception Challenge (starting 7th January 2019). Over 7 days we’ll be exploring different ways to improve your fertility naturally. Enter your details below to register now!