Fertility & Pregnancy

Pregnancy and fertility in general are much improved if the following guidelines are followed.

  • Eat a diet containing plenty of vitamins and minerals.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that contain substances that can harm sperm, eggs, embryos and foetuses.
  • Avoid environmental toxins and radiation.
  • Reduce the chance of infections and allergies.
  • Consume supplements, especially if a need is established.

Although much focus is on the woman when considering issues of fertility and pregnancy, it should be remembered that about half of all fertility problems involve the man.

Pregnancy

A diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables should help to ensure that your child develops properly by having access to a full range of vitamins and minerals.

Alcohol is perhaps the main commonly consumed drink that causes problems for pregnancy. It can lead to mental and physical abnormalities.

Smoking is an environmental pollutant that can damage an unborn child either if its parent smokes or is exposed to second hand smoke.

The chance of infection can be avoided by choosing carefully where you go during pregnancy. For instance a change in routine or travel in an aeroplane may expose a potential mother to cold or flu germs. Also allergies should be avoided if possible. The use of medicines to counteract the effects of allergy is not good for the developing baby. It is in fact possible for the father or mother to have a sperm allergy. In this case their bodies produce antibodies that prevent the sperm moving effectively. It affects more than 2% of couples and can be resolved by use of artificial insemination or assisted reproduction technologies.

Folic acid is the supplement which we know reduces the chance of an embryo developing spinal tube defects. If defects develop, this leads to Spinda Bifida.

Fertility

A diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables should help to ensure that your child develops properly by having access to a full range of vitamins and minerals.

Alcohol is perhaps the main commonly consumed drink that causes problems for pregnancy. It can lead to mental and physical abnormalities.

Toxins in the form of commonly prescribed drugs such as NSAIDs can reduce the fertility of women. NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories include drugs such as Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, Diflusinol, Piroxicam and Naproxen. Some environmental toxins that affect fertility include plastics such as Bisphenol A1 and the flame retardant PBDE2.
The organochlorine compunds found in pesticides have also been identified as possibly affecting fertility

Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and herpes all need to be eradicated before a successful conception can occur. Other infections such as those with E. Coli, Giardia and Candida also need treating before a successful conception.

Zinc is a helpful supplements when it comes to fertility. It helps improve the quality and motility of sperm and also increases egg quality. Men's ferility can be assisted by carnitine, while women's fertility can be assisted by vitamin B6, which supports the corpus luteum leading to a better chance of conception.

 

References:

  1   http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070215145120.htm
  2   http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3...

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