Fertility after 30
By Anna Winek.
”Success is where preparation and opportunity meet” (Bobby Unser). The positive changes you make to your diet, health, and lifestyle before you get pregnant will have a long-reaching effect.
What we do before conception can change the health of our future children. Proper nutrition affects preconception health, that is the quality of your eggs and your man’s sperm.
Prenatal nutrition determines the quality of developing baby’s major organs and even her predisposition to certain diseases.
”Food can be the most powerful medicine or the slowest form of poison” (Ann Wigmore)
depending on what, how and why we eat. Sugar is sugar no matter what form it comes in. Whether it is a spoon full of white sugar, or breakfast muffin, the aftereffect will be the same. It forces your body to secrete an excess of insulin to manage a high sugar or refined carbohydrate, which leads to weight gain and hormonal issue. Sugar is a quick fix that leaches our body of the important vitamins, minerals, and other
Many women are low in progesterone. Low progesterone levels can be a major culprit for trouble conceiving and early miscarriages. If you have PCOS, PMS, light
periods, spotting in between periods, dark brown spotting, or irregular periods, then you have signs and symptoms of low
progesterone. This can interfere with your ability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy, especially in the first ten weeks of
pregnancy. There are natural ways to increase your progesterone. – Increase Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc through either foods or supplementation. Both of these are necessary to help increase progesterone levels. Try this supplement Viridian Pre-conception Fertility for Women
(use ANW15 code to get your 15% off). – Decrease stress levels. Cortisol can deplete progesterone levels due to something called “cortisol steal” where high-stress
to decrease oestrogen levels. If there are higher levels of oestrogen due to foreign estrogen exposure, the birth control uses
throughout your life, or other reasons, it is important to decrease oestrogen exposure while breaking down the extra oestrogen
that is present. Some ways to reduce estrogen: – Support liver detoxification and oestrogen breakdown. This can be done with liver support and Indole-3-Carbinol, cruciferous vegetables, like kale, broccoli, and cauliflower will help with oestrogen metabolism.
independent health stores such as Apples & Bees, Chelsea Health Store and Natural Health Finchley and soon from the main retailers. -Myo-inositol/D-chiro-inositol can be utilized if there are blood sugar concerns. Recent studies have shown that taking a
combination of these two forms, in the body’s naturally occurring ratio, is more beneficial than taking myo-inositol or D-chiroinositol alone. You can purchase this product from here https://www.amritanutrition.co.uk/trx-2pH balance
pH stands for potential hydrogen and refers to how acidic or alkaline your body chemistry is. A woman’s body’s pH must be
balanced if the sperm is to survive. Western diet and stressful lifestyle push the body out of the balance.
Many GP’s don’t test for pH balance, which makes perfect sense because the pH of blood doesn’t change and stays between 7.25 and 7.45. pH test of urine and saliva will allow you to see how hard your body may be working to maintain the blood pH level.
If you are overly acidic, your body will leach the minerals that it needs out of your bones and donate it to the blood to keep your blood pH balanced and keep you functioning. Mineral deficiencies can lead to a host of disorders in your body. They can knock
your thyroid out of balance and put the rest of your hormones into overdrive to compensate. It can create an inhospitable environment for conception and implantation. It is very easy for you to test and balance your own pH to create a hospitable environment for the egg and sperm to have successful fertilization. You can get pH strips in your local health shop or order them in here
are. Test your urine two times in the morning for six days. The first urine test should be urine your body has collected and stored in the bladder overnight, the best time is between 5 and 8 am
. The first urine should optimally be between 7.0 and 7.2 but don’t worry if it doesn’t. You need to test the urine from your second-morning urination before eating any food, if possible.
This number indicates your pH after you have eliminates the acid load from the day before. The acidity should be less the
second time you urinate. Should be around 7.0 to 7.2. For acid/alkaline balance foods and recipes, you can contact our
Registered Nutritional Therapist Anna Winek. The role of the thyroid. The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. When is not functioning optimally, it can create havoc in your life, because it is responsible for making energy, regulating metabolism, keeping your mood happy and balanced, allowing deep
sleep and good digestion. If there is a thyroid problem ovulation is held. Blood test prior conception is always a good idea if you have the luxury of doing it. You can order private test via our Registered Nutritional Therapist Anna Winek. IgG Blood serum test for Food Intolerance Food sensitivities are very different to food allergies. Sensitivities are known as an intolerance are way more subtle. Sometimes
the symptoms go unnoticed because the sensitivity could lie in a healthy food, one that we never guess our body would be
sensitive to. The five most common food sensitivities are wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs. However many people are sensitive
to peanuts, sugar, artificial sweeteners or bananas. Symptoms include feeling bloated, gassy, tired, dark circles underneath the eyes, headaches. It is helpful for you and your partner to run a blood test for food intolerance prior to conception so you can
avoid these foods in preconception and during pregnancy. The most accurate blood test for food sensitivities is IgG blood serum test. You can order them via The Spatium Clinic. Complete Blood Count (CBC) A complete blood count is a test we get (hopefully) at our doctor. This is a great preconception phase as it shows how strong is your immune system, how you are transporting oxygen and how much inflammation is present in your body. When you decide
you want to conceive, it is important to test your hemoglobin levels. If they are low it will be important to find out why by testing your iron, vitamin B12, and folate levels. Low hemoglobin is caused by a deficiency of one or all of these essential nutrients for
conception and healthy pregnancy. These tests will give you the information you need to get on the healthy baby-making path. Our Registered Nutritional Therapist Anna Winek can support you throughout this process. Check heavy metals and copper There are times when uterine problems and fertility are linked to heavy metals or trace mineral copper. If you were recently exposed to metals, have many mercury fillings, have metal pins, plates, have had toxic exposure to lead, or have eaten a lot of
farm-raised fish, it would be a good idea to test for heavy metals. The reason that copper tends to be a bigger concern is that the uterus is extremely sensitive to copper. This is evident
because copper is utilized for contraceptive purposes, such as the Paragard non-hormonal IUD. However, if levels stay high due to environmental exposure than this will decrease the ability of the uterus to allow implantation. If you suspect higher levels you can get it checked via our Registered Nutritional Therapist Anna Winek. She can support you throughout this process. Acupuncture Acupuncture can be phenomenal for infertility. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help balance out hormones and the reproductive cycle. Numerous studies have found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols
substantially increase pregnancy success. Contact our TCM, acupuncturist Quyen Tran. Stress Before jumping into prenatal vitamins and other supplements to nourish your body, you want to address stress. Studies show
that stress has been found to interrupt the body’s ability to handle inflammation, leaving it susceptible to the development of the disease. If your body is working hard to combat inflammation and stress all the supplements and food we want you to benefit
from will not be able to take your body to its full potential, its full power. This makes stress management vitally important.
Rest and relax more now, enjoy more walking, more dancing, yoga and get a Reiki or a massage session. Contact The Spatium
Clinic to book your massage session with Adriana Kahrs. Make sure you are getting enough sleep It is important to promote not only adequate levels of sleep but also ensure that circadian rhythm is intact.
The reproductive cycle and regularity are dependent on the circadian rhythm. Studies have even shown the shift work and
disruptions in sleep lead to more miscarriages. Therefore, it is important to get adequate sleep, promote proper melatonin
secretion each night, and stay on a regular sleeping cycle. Exercise
Movement is so vital. It also helps with insulin control which is beneficial to hormone support. Exercise can help to achieve this goal. Yoga and pilates are found to be useful for fertility. Yoga has many benefits, especially if also used to help to connect the mind and body. You can contact our kundalini yoga teacher Natalia Sayers. Your fertility diet
– Top 6 superfoods: – top – quality, grass-fed, organic caw or goat dairy – bone broth – leafy green vegetables – healthy fats and oils – pasture-raised meat and eggs -thyroid boosting foods For more information on nutrition contact our Registered Nutritional Therapist Anna Winek. Bibliography:
C. Oreccio, W. Buckley ”How to conceive naturally and have a healthy pregnancy after 30 Maternal Nutrition and Fetal Development https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/134/9/2169/4688801
M. Glenville PhD ”The Natural Health Bible for Women” ”Pregnancy after 35: Healthy moms, healthy babies https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/art-20045756?pg=2