It’s a proven fact that the way we grow and are nourished in our mother’s womb has an impact on our future health as adults.
Preconception care not only improves your chances of falling pregnant more easily, it can prepare you for both a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. It can also aid your recovery after birth, and help prepare you physically and emotionally for parenthood.
What time frame should I aim for?
The aim of preconception care is to prepare your body for pregnancy, birth and beyond, and preparation should begin at least four months prior to trying to fall pregnant.
What can I do to improve my diet before I fall pregnant?
- Eat a well-balanced diet full of different coloured fruits, vegetables and foods that are rich in antioxidants
- Incorporate lean proteins in your diet
- Eat foods with healthy fats including avocado, extra virgin olive oil, salmon and nuts
- Take 400 µg per day of folic acid for at least one month prior and for the first three months of your pregnancy
- Check with your doctor about taking any other additional supplements, including a multivitamin, iron, zinc and/or calcium if your diet is lacking
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
Preconception health for men
Preconception care is just as important for men as it is for women, because they basically contribute half of the genetic material that makes up a baby! Guidelines for men are very similar to those provided for women, and if followed, will help improve general health and the chances of conceiving a healthy baby.
Did you know?
It takes three months for female eggs to mature and four months for sperm to mature. That’s why experts recommend you start focusing on preconception health at least four months before trying for a baby.