Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy

in My Fertility Specialist, Aug-Oct 2016

Preparing for pregnancy is a concept that is very close to our hearts. It might be a novel concept to most, but hopefully we can outline why preparing for pregnancy is crucial!

Mark says: “In Ireland, the advice for someone trying to conceive is; don’t smoke, don’t drink, take folic acid and come off the pill. In modern life, most couples make a conscious decision to
try and have a child. I am privileged to be able to help people on this journey, but the lack of information worries me. When you or I were conceived, us as an embryo started to grow. At this point, this is the healthiest we will ever be. A sobering thought. The importance of having a super sperm cell carrying the paternal DNA and a healthy egg cell carrying the maternal DNA is vital! This is succinctly demonstrated in a paper by Prof. D.J.P. Barker of the University of Southampton, the following extract being a summary quotation from that paper:

Coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and many other chronic diseases are unnecessary. Their occurrence is not mandated by genes passed down to us through thousands of years of evolution. Chronic diseases are not the inevitable lot of humankind. They are the result of the changing pattern of human development. We could readily prevent them, had we the will to do so. Prevention of chronic disease and an increase in healthy ageing require improvement in the nutrition of girls and young women…

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