Preconception health care simply aims for optimum reproductive and general health of both partners to ensure viable fertility and the health of the egg, sperm and nurturing environment within the uterus. The goal of natural fertility is not simply pregnancy; but rather, pregnancy achieved via an optimally healthy “star” egg, robust and healthy sperm and lastly a soft, nourished womb to gently nourish the new baby.
The health and wellbeing of both parents prior to conception is essential. You want the best possible fertility outcome. The practice of such healthcare has been used for thousands of years, and has experienced resurgence in the face of modern fertility issues.
The ancient Spartans knew of preconception health benefits more than 2,500 years ago, with young women engaging in wrestling, running and throwing the quoit in order for pregnancies to be healthy and strong. Later, the ancient Romans recognized environmental effects on fertility when they noticed the reduced conception rate following their installation of lead water pipes.
Natural care for conception is a way for prospective parents to improve their fertility through:
- · Healthy lifestyle
- · Good nutrition
- · Natural remedies
- · Stress reduction techniques
- · Counseling and relaxation techniques
This healthcare model lays the foundations for the best conception chances and prepares you for a vital pregnancy and birth. A comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle program, together with supplements of antioxidants and nutrients, can enhance your chances of achieving a healthy conception and pregnancy.
The Critical Four Months
- · The preconception period needs to be a minimum of four months. Why?
- · Because egg development and maturation takes approximately 100 days and sperm development and maturation takes 80 days.
- · During this time, the eggs are vulnerable to toxic exposure and nutrient deficiency.
· Because sperm development takes over two months, illness, toxicity, trauma and/or poor nutrition may affect mature sperm, regardless of a man's health at the time of conception.
- · What's more, because sperm are 200 x smaller than a woman's egg, they are more prone to damage (from toxins etc.)
- · The instant the egg and sperm combine, an irreversible genetic code is formed for the future development of your baby.
- · The health of the egg and sperm reflects the health (or toxicity) of the environment in which the grown.
- · The aim is to optimize the genetic potential of your child!
A Foresight study published in Journal of Public Health in 2011 stated those couples with infertility who followed a simple dietary and nutritional supplement protocol gave birth 81% of the time!