If you’re planning a family, then it makes sense to talk to a nutritionist to ensure that you get the best nutrition advice from conception through to your baby’s infancy, thereby giving your baby the best possible start in life from all angles.
Recent studies have shown that fertility problems in couples are increasing, with sperm counts dropping by up to 50%, sperm abnormalities increasing and more women experiencing miscarriages. On top of that some 30% of couples have unexplained infertility.
Even if you have no fertility issues, it’s still worth paying attention to your nutritional levels when you are trying for a baby, as good nutrition will give your baby the best start in life even from before conception. It takes 3 to 4 months for eggs and sperm to mature, so you can see how improving your nutrition for that period before trying for a baby might impact on your conception chances and your child’s future health.
Good nutrition can help make conception easier by improving fertility, but also during pregnancy the food you eat will provide the only source of nutrition for your growing baby, so it’s very important that you not only eat the right foods, but also in the right quantities.
When it comes to starting a family, it’s a good idea for both parties to pay careful attention to their nutrition whilst trying to conceive but then vital for pregnant and nursing mothers to get the right nutrition in their diets, as this essential nutrition is passed to the baby during pregnancy and then in breast milk.
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, so consulting a nutritionist means you will have the most up-to-date nutritional information from pre-conception to post pregnancy. Our nutritionists can advise you on what not to eat, but also give clear and concise advice on beneficial foods for you and your baby. Emma Van Lint our specialist nutritionist is a mother herself and knows how to optimise your diet whilst working or looking after children to give you maximum energy and help you feel good and to even help you with post pregnancy weight loss without risk to you or your baby’s health.
Optimum nutrition during pregnancy can be crucial for both, mother and the baby. With the right foods and supplements it’s possible to substantially reduce the risk of birth defects, low birth weight, and to boost a babies IQ, it can also reduce the risk of a baby inheriting allergies or conditions such as eczema or asthma. And when it comes to the mother, it’s possible to reduce the chance of getting stretch marks, morning sickness, anaemia, pre-eclampsia, fatigue, constipation and mood swings.
Your consultation can cover all the issues involved in pre-conceptual nutrition, pregnancy nutrition and post pregnancy nutrition and you will be able to take away all the information you need on foods to avoid, a detailed description of the most beneficial nutrients, the food sources containing those nutrients, a nutrition plan for labour and a practical food and dietary plan with meal suggestions and recipes, which ties all the information together for before, during and post pregnancy.
Pregnancy and child-birth are taxing for the body so it’s really important to look after your body during and after your pregnancy. Some women suffer from post-natal depression in the months following the birth of their child but this can be avoided with optimum nutrition. A good diet can also help provide you with the energy and stamina needed for looking after your newborn and help you get your body back in shape.
So if you planning to start a family, expert nutritional advice can help you at every stage.
For a free no obligation chat on fertility, pre-conceptual care, pregnancy nutrition or post pregnancy nutrition and weight loss, call 0203 907 6848 or click here to contact us.
*Disclaimer: The information and advice provided by The Nutritional Therapy Clinic is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Any person suffering from conditions requiring medical attention, or who have symptoms that concern them, should consult a doctor. Testimonials on this site regarding weight loss and other issues are examples of what we have done for other clients and of what some of our clients have said about us. However, we cannot guarantee the results in any case. Your results may vary and every situation is different. Please see our disclaimer section for further information.