This big topic refers to BOTH men and woman’s health care prior to conception and simply involves education about health, risk factors, nutrient intake and how these could affect pregnancy outcomes 🤰🏻 〰️
Yes, babies are cute, and we love them 😍, but it’s also the role of both individuals to ensure their health, habits, foods and medicines are not harming development and growth of their little bubba 👶🏼
Start preconception care PRIOR to considering conception / sexual activity as brain, spinal cord, heart and limb development is most critical within the first four weeks of conception. 😱
Therefore before most people even know they’re pregnant, your bubba will begin laying the ground work for these essential organs. Make sure they have the best chance to do this!
Preconception care is important whether you are planning pregnancy, or if you are not! If you are sexually active, know about half of pregnancies are not planned. 〰️
When should I start preparing? We recommend three months as a minimum. This is the time needed for egg development and release.
Haven’t got three months? No problem! Better late than never. 〰️
1️⃣ Get some blood tests. Understand your health and the nutrient reserves your body has to nourish a bubba. Also check any pre-existing medical conditions/medications with your doctor.
2️⃣ Understand your body. Learn your female cycle, when you ovulate and how to support conception. Sperm can live for 5ish days where an egg only survives 24 hours. Thats a pretty small window.
3️⃣ Eat and live like you’re already pregnant. Now is the time to nourish and care for your body. Eat your greens and move your body. Leave alcohol and cigarettes at the door. You don’t need them at the moment.
4️⃣ Reach a healthy body weight.
5️⃣ Find a good quality pregnancy multivitamin - both of you! Taking these essential nutrients can lower your risks of birth defects and optimise pregnancy outcomes.
If you would like to know more about preconception care, email or DM us. We’re here to help and supporting the growth of cute little babies is one of our favourite things to do!