Preconception Care

For any couple wanting to conceive, a Preconception Care plan should be carefully considered. Modern living, including diet and lifestyle, can adversely affect nearly every aspect of your reproductive health, with one couple in six now considered to be infertile. Rates for miscarriage, premature births and a long list of other health issues appear to be on the rise.

The good news is that you can do something about it, to ensure optimal fertility for a healthy pregnancy and baby. A sound Preconception Care programme (ideally for both parents - father definitely plays a role in his baby’s overall health too!), combined with continued health care throughout the pregnancy, can help prevent sub-fertility problems, poor fetal health, allergy and immunity issues, as well as behaviour and learning problems.

What is Preconception Care?
Preconception care is a programme for (ideally) both prospective parents, which is aimed at:

  • increasing the likelihood of conception
  • improving your pregnancy outcomes
  • optimising the health of your baby

The basis of Preconception Care is restoring optimum health by ensuring an adequate supply - through diet, lifestyle and supplementation - of all essential nutritional factors known to be vital for the health of your sperm and ova, and for optimum development for your baby.

For optimum results, Preconception Care should begin at least four months prior to your intended conception to ensure the health of your sperm and ova. Ova and sperm are susceptible to damage from illness, toxins (pollutants, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol) and nutritional deficiencies during their period of maturation - approximately 116 days for sperm and approximately 100 days before ovulation for ova. What you do today will impact on the quality of your sperm and ova in four months time!

Preconception Care includes the use of:

  • natural medicines such as nutritional supplements and individualised herbal formulations
  • education about dietary and lifestyle changes, detoxification, and stress management
  • cycle charting (for hormonal and nutritional status) and timing techniques

Who Should Use Preconception Care?

  • Anyone considering a pregnancy
  • Couples experiencing difficulties with fertility
  • Couples using Assisted Reproductive Technology (including IVF) – recent studies have shown that Preconception Care will more than double chances of success (see the latest Foresight Research results)
  • Those with family histories of allergy or other health issues
  • Couples who are not infertile but would like to improve general health, to have a trouble free pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding experience and to give their child the healthiest start to life

The health of your baby, its childhood and adulthood is dependent on the health of both you and your partner for the 4 to 6 months prior to conception. The "blue print" for your child is set at conception. Preconception Care ensures the ideal environment for your baby at the time of conception.

How Do You Increase Your Chances of a Successive Conception?
To increase your chance of having a healthy conception, pregnancy, birth and baby it is necessary to undertake a programme of Preconception Care prior to conception. The chances of a successful outcome are highest if:

  • both prospective parents take part in the Preconception Care programme
  • lifestyle and dietary protocols are followed as closely as possible
  • the health issues of both parents are appropriately managed during this time

The closer the programme is followed, the higher the success rate.