Hello All. I'm 38 and trying to prepare my body for pregnancy. What should I be doing? I'm considering going to a fertility clinic but I am also learning about the benefits of supplements and acupuncture. Would love to get more details! Thanks!
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March 19, 2021
This is my personal favourite area to help patients with! Apart from starting a very good quality prenatal, the way you should be preparing will be very individualized for you. It's important to get a full health history and probably some lab tests done to assess if there are any barriers to your fertility journey. You can start with optimizing the foundations of health - diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. Then make sure your thyroid, iron, vitamin D, hormones levels are all ideal.
The general rules of health apply in fertility prep! Eating healthy - with lots of fruits and vegetables, and get your body moving! You can consider starting a prenatal vitamin depending on your timeline, but it would also be a great idea to get some screening testing done before you're really starting, to make sure there are no big hurdles in the way - for example - optimizing thyroid levels! Once you know more about your specific situation, see a naturopath for more specific supplements!
I would suggest going to see a naturopathic doctor who focuses on fertility in order to optimize your success and health during pregnancy. It may be important to see where your hormone levels are at, your history of trying to conceive and your overall health. Essentially, to optimize your body for pregnancy, you want you are your partner's whole health optimized. This includes diet, stress management, alcohol intake, sleep etc. A high quality pre natal vitamin is important as well.
As a nutritionist, some suggestions would be: making sure your diet consists of whole foods, especially quality proteins and vegetables. Fats like olive oil, avocado, and fish oil are important to support your hormones as well as the baby's brain development. The B vitamins are important, especially folic acid and B12. They can be found in food but a supplement will likely be recommended as well before conception. Get good sleep and exercise, avoid stress and toxins. Support the liver.