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Important Nutrients for Fertility and Pregnancy By Kat Boyd ND.

Deciding to have a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life. It is only natural to want to get pregnant quickly, have a problem free pregnancy and the brightest, healthiest and most beautiful baby.

Many people start to look after themselves after they get pregnant, they stop drinking alcohol start paying attention to their diet. But, did you know that a baby body is completely formed just 10 weeks after conception?

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Vegan diets and conception

Plant foods
There is a growing trend in the western world towards eating a vegan diet.  A vegan diet is a diet that excludes all animal foods and foods produced by animals. These foods include meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, gelatine and honey.
A vegan diet is also called a plant based diet.  It relies solely on plant foods.  Plant foods are super healthy for us.  Most people do not consume sufficient plant based foods in their diets.  

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Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts male fertility

Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts male fertility

According to recent media reports, mounting evidence suggests that male factors may be the contributing factor in nearly half of all infertility cases.

Sperm DNA fragmentation - a term used to denote abnormal genetic material within the sperm, which may lead to male subfertility, IVF failure and miscarriage - is an increasing focus for discussion amongst researchers and fertility experts.

So, what can be done to support men who present with higher than average DNA fragmentation in their sperm?

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IT’S NEVER TO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT MALE FERTILITY

Over the last few years the term “metrosexual male” has become more and more commonplace. Apparently, it refers to city loving men who enjoy shopping, culture and fashion as much as some women; men are displaying their softer side, being more attentive to their partners’ needs and slowly throwing off some of their macho shackles. They talk more openly about their mental health, sexual preferences and some are happy to tell their good mates down the pub that they love them. The UK has active male focussed charities to raise awareness and hopefully prevent heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and getting men to cut down on their smoking and drinking.

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Low AMH - don't panic

I am seeing more and more women attending me concerned about their AMH reserve.  AMH, is the short name for  Anti-Mullerian Hormone.  It is a substance produced by the granulosa cells in the ovarian follicles.  It is a routine test carried out in fertility clinics.  It may be interpreted as an indicator of low ovarian reserve, in other words a reduced supply of eggs in the ovaries.  

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Tasty Foods containing vitamins and minerals

There are lots of tasty foods which will make you really enjoy eating healthily and don't take too much effort to prepare.  Some of them include:

WALNUT & BRAZIL NUTS
Walnuts contain Vitamin E, omega 3 oils, and healthy fats.
Brazil nuts contain selenium, magnesium, vitamins and healthy fats.
You can eat them raw, add them to cakes, muffins, scone mixes, or bread mixes as well as to salads.

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NutritionOrla O'Connor
Women take preparing their body for conception seriously

Research with Irish women has shown that we see losing weight, taking supplements, changing diet and cutting down on alcohol as important when trying for a baby:

•    53% of women feel losing weight will boost their chances of conception
•    38%  of women are taking fertility enhancing prenatal vitamins
•    37% are exercising more
•    36% change their diet, with most adopting a low-sugar way of eating

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Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant or to carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby. Secondary infertility shares many of the same causes of primary infertility. Secondary infertility can be surprising and stressful.  There are no exact figures available for rates of Secondary Infertility but depending on who you speak to range from 30-60% of couples presenting to fertility clinics.  The immune system is inextricably linked with fertility issues but more so with secondary infertility. Supporting the immune function should be prioritised during the pre-conception and conception period

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To Coffee or not when trying for a baby?

Caffeine consumption is a much debated subject when it comes to conception and fertility issues. Coffee can be described as a double edged sword. Coffee beans come from a plant so they are essentially a healthy food choice. They are packed full of health promoting plant chemicals. When the beans are picked, they are roasted and this process increases their health promoting anti-oxidant levels.

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The Egg Story

Women are born with around 1-2 million follicles (immature eggs). This is their complete supply and they don’t make any more. At puberty the number of eggs has dropped by over half down to 400,000-500,000. With each menstrual cycle up to 1000 follicles begin getting ready for ovulation. Only 1 becomes mature enough to do so. The other 999 or so are lost, so once you start your regular menstrual cycles, you begin to lose eggs on a monthly basis.

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Protein for Conception

Protein is a macro nutrient and is vital for conception and pregnancy. It is comprised of many amino acids. These amino acids are the building blocks of the body. It is responsible for building and repairing cells, manufacturing hormones and a healthy reproductive function. The body needs a constant supply of protein which should be consumed at each meal. Different foods have different levels of protein.

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Beans and amino acids


A good fertility supplement should contain the correct amount of L'arginine and L'citrulline.  L'arginine and L'citrulline are amino acids which are the precursors for the production of nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide has many functions in the human body.  It is a molecule that the body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout the entire body.
 

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Fertility and the fry up

Men trying to conceive need to significantly reduce their consumption of all processed meat.
Guys, it may be time to say goodbye to your rashers, sausages and pudding breakfast if you would like to improve your sperm quality and achieve a pregnancy. 
 

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Proceive on Ireland AM

Gaye Godkin, Health Nutritionist, talks to Ireland AM about how nutrition and health impacts fertility. Watch the video to see Gaye explain how Proceive Preconception Fertility Supplements can help your body get the extra vitamins, amino acids and minerals that are often lacking in our diets and how these can assist your body when trying for a baby.

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