PRE-CONCEPTION NUTRITION

SO YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT BECOMING PREGNANT!

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND WONDERFUL DECISIONS YOU COULD MAKE.

BUT BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO KEEP IN MIND THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE BEFORE YOU BECOME PREGNANT TO HELP GIVE YOUR BABY A HEALTHY START THROUGH OUR LUTON PRECONCEPTION NUTRITION SERVICES.

It’s Positive! Once you conceive, be sure to check out While You’re Pregnant. You’ll learn about specific food safety issues you should be aware of throughout your pregnancy!

Preconception nutrition research has shown that food and healthy nutrition are tied to fertility health in both women and men.  Additionally, there are substances that can hinder fertility.

Pregnancy should not be considered a nine month journey, but a yearlong journey. Knowing that the first few weeks of pregnancy are the most vital to the development of the baby, a mother should be healthy and avoid any harmful activities and substances near the time of conception. Some habits are harder to break, and some health issues take longer to address.

A pregnant woman’s intake should consist of a variety of foods, including:

  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fats

From these, you should get the right nutrients and vitamins for pregnancy health and your baby’s development

A balanced nutritional intake is the best way to receive the necessary nutrients, but vitamin supplements can also be beneficial. Prenatal vitamin supplements are recommended plus any additional vitamins or minerals if we find any deficiencies.

Remember, supplements do not replace a healthy diet, but rather ensure that a woman is receiving enough daily nutrients.

It is important to note that pregnant women should take vitamin supplements only with a health care provider’s direct recommendation.

Pre – conception Nutrition Preparation

  • Begin making healthy changes 3 months to a year before you conceive;
  • Before you become pregnant you want to make sure that you cut out any habits that are harmful for your baby;
  • It is important that you see your doctor before you become pregnant. There are medical conditions that you may not be aware of that can affect your pregnancy;
  • It is important to loss weight. If you’re overweight or obese during pregnancy, you’re more likely to have complications for you and your baby and also obesity can affect a certain kind of fertility treatment called in vitro fertilization (also called IVF). Don’t forghet about problems with breastfeeding.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND A HEALTHY BABY?

Through our Luton preconception nutrition services, we can help you find ways to eat healthily and be physically active to help you lose weight before you get pregnant. Losing weight before pregnancy is good for both you and your baby. If you’re thinking about weight-loss surgery, talk to your provider about your options and how long to wait after the surgery before you get pregnant.

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