Conception involves both male and female partners equally
Healthy ova and sperm take around 120 days to develop, so it is ideal if we can start your preconception care plan a minimum of four months prior to trying to conceive. Ensuring both you and your partner are at optimum health prior to conception and are producing healthy sperm and ovum will give your child the best possible start to life.
A preconception care plan addresses your dietary requirements, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation needs. For example, antioxidants are highly important at this time for men, as oxidative stress can damage sperm DNA, increase sperm defects and even increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Another important nutritional component for male partners is omega 3 fatty acids, particularly Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is important for sperm production, morphology and function. For women, increasing nutrient status including iron, zinc, folate, iodine, and selenium provides every opportunity for healthy implantation and a safe, enjoyable pregnancy. DHA is also prescribed for women, as it is one of the major building structures of the brain and central nervous system, and directly assists the development of the brain and nervous system in your baby.