On Fertility Help Hub’s blog today, we hear from Fertility Specialist Dietitian, Komal Deepak Kumar MSc, RD. She runs a freelance clinic at UK Fertility Nutrition. Komal aims to help streamline preconception and fertility care and facilitate timely evidence based food plans for patients with infertility. In this article, she will be answering common questions on nutrition for fertility and trying to conceive.
Whilst we saw many intended parents frustrated about their wait for fertility treatments since last year, one can’t help but notice the emergence of many being proactive and optimising their health, thereby making the most of the IVF wait. I strongly believe good nutrition is important to help improve chances for conception / IVF success and ensure good health for the child and parents for many years to come. However, I base my beliefs on sound research and clinical outcomes at my practice. Therefore, in this fertility blog, I will be including some of the answers to commonly asked during my client consultations.
Research evidence has demonstrated that from the time a couple are trying to conceive, through to pregnancy, and the first two years of the child’s development, diet and nutrition have a strong impact, particularly on the child’s genetics and influence their health throughout their life. This concept is called Epigenetic Programming. This way you can influence reduction in incidence of chronic ailments such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in your child’s adulthood, improve their IQ, reduce chances of developing food allergies whilst establishing good family eating habits, and getting geared up for the next stage of your life. So it’s pretty much a win-win investment!
How Early Do We Start?
The sperm and egg take around three to four months to develop, so their quality influences the outcomes of conception/ IVF success. Hence, to ensure the first cells of your child are nourished in the right environment, you need to start at least three to four months prior. If you require to lose /gain a considerable amount of weight prior to conception, or need to optimis
e any pre-existing health condition, then it might take longer.
*Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and have an ethical code of conduct similar to doctors. This means that you, as patients/clients, are protected and can be assured that you will get the latest, credible, evidence-based information.
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