Preparing for Pregnancy

Nutrition
Calcium, iron and other minerals are necessary for the formation of bones, blood and soft tissues. These are present in herbal form and are easily assimilated. Additional iron and calcium is essential to prevent anaemia and to meet the need for an increase in blood volume by one-fifth of the body’s normal level. The iron supplement Floradix is recommended.

 

General
Smoking increases the risk of post-partum haemorrhage. X-rays retard growth while alcohol encourages miscarriage. Aspirin and pain-killers should be avoided. Diazepam and other drugs may threaten life. No weight watching unless toxaemia develops. Loud music causes distress to a developing foetus. In a study of pregnant mice exposure to 80 decibels of sound resulted in congenital defects in offspring. Alcohol may put a baby at risk.

 

A pregnant woman should not spend more than 10 minutes lying in a bath if the water temperature is 40 C or higher. There is some evidence that temperature above 38.9 C can harm an unborn child.

 

Diet
Tea and coffee inhibit the absorption of iron and should be avoided. Adequate protein intake needed. Regular raw food days. Iron-rich foods such as red meat, kidney, almonds, dried fruits such as apricots and figs. Spinach, watercress: Floradix Herbal Iron Extract. Folic acid supplements help to prevent spinabifida (doctor’s supervision).

 

Avoidance
Unpasteurised cow’s milk and all sheep and goat’s milk, unless boiled, and all yoghurts and cheeses made from them. Avoid undercooked poultry, shell-fish, raw eggs. Cook egg whites and yolks until solid. Avoid raw meat and liver. Liver contains high levels of Vitamin A (retinal) which can cause abnormalities. Cod liver oil is also high in retinal. For Vitamin A oily fish (mackerel) should be taken. Jacket potato skins (especially green) contain Solanine, linked with spinabifida, and should be avoided. An excess of alcohol can cause defects. Moderate drinking is the equivalent of a glass of wine a day.

 

Consult your GP if you have any of the following symptoms:
Anaemia, Backache, Blood pressure changes, Breasts excessively enlarged, Breasts painful, Constipation, Cracked nipples, Cramp (mild), Emotional stress, Heartburn, Labour (early), Lactation, Morning sickness, Nervous restlessness, Swollen ankles, Varicose veins, Viral infections.

 

Once your GP has confirmed that there is nothing seriously wrong, come and see www.thefertilityspecialists.co.uk for Pre-Pregnancy Support.

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