Posts in Nutrition
To Coffee or not when trying for a baby?

Caffeine consumption is a much debated subject when it comes to conception and fertility issues.  Coffee can be described as a double edged sword.  Coffee beans come from a plant so they are essentially a healthy food choice.  They are packed full of health promoting plant chemicals.  When the beans are picked, they are roasted and this process increases their health promoting anti-oxidant levels.

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Low AMH - don't panic!

I am seeing more and more women attending me concerned about their AMH reserve.  AMH, is the short name for  Anti-Mullerian Hormone.  It is a substance produced by the granulosa cells in the ovarian follicles.  It is a routine test carried out in fertility clinics.  It may be interpreted as an indicator of low ovarian reserve, in other words a reduced supply of eggs in the ovaries.  

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Vegan Diets and Conception

Plant foods
There is a growing trend in the western world towards eating a vegan diet.  A vegan diet is a diet that excludes all animal foods and foods produced by animals. These foods include meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, gelatine and honey.
A vegan diet is also called a plant based diet.  It relies solely on plant foods.  Plant foods are super healthy for us.  Most people do not consume sufficient plant based foods in their diets. 

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The Egg Story

Women are born with around 1-2 million follicles (immature eggs). This is their complete supply and they don’t make any more. At puberty the number of eggs has dropped by over half down to 400,000-500,000.  With each menstrual cycle up to 1000 follicles begin getting ready for ovulation. Only 1 becomes mature enough to do so. The other 999 or so are lost, so once you start your regular menstrual cycles, you begin to lose eggs on a monthly basis.

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Protein for Conception

Protein is a macro nutrient and is vital for conception and pregnancy.  It is comprised of many amino acids.  These amino acids are the building blocks of the body.  It is responsible for building and repairing cells, manufacturing hormones and a healthy reproductive function.  The body needs a constant supply of protein which should be consumed at each meal.  Different foods have different levels of protein.

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Tasty Foods containing Vitamins and Minerals

There are lots of tasty foods which will make you really enjoy eating healthily and don't take too much effort to prepare.  Some of them include:

WALNUT & BRAZIL NUTS
Walnuts contain Vitamin E, omega 3 oils, and healthy fats.
Brazil nuts contain selenium, magnesium, vitamins and healthy fats.
You can eat them raw, add them to cakes, muffins, scone mixes, or bread mixes as well as to salads.

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NutritionOrla O'Connor
Research shows that we do take preparing our bodies for conception seriously

The good news is that losing weight, taking supplements, changing diet and cutting down on alcohol are seen as important and amongst those trying for a baby:

•    53% losing weight to boost their chances of conception
•    38%  taking fertility enhancing prenatal vitamins
•    37%  exercising more
•    36%  changing their diet, with most adopting a low-sugar way of eating
 

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Beans and Amino Acids

A good fertility supplement should contain the correct amount of L'arginine and L'citrulline.  L'arginine and L'citrulline are amino acids which are the precursors for the production of nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide has many functions in the human body.  It is a molecule that the body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout the entire body.

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Vitamin D - Sunshine on the road to conception

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with several reproductive disorders, including miscarriage, preterm birth and reduced production of the sex hormones.  In fact, research has discovered that vitamin D may play a regulatory role in female reproductive physiology, since vitamin D receptors and enzymes are expressed in the ovaries and the placenta.  According to a study carried out in the National Maternity hospital in Dublin, pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones,.  

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Proceive on Ireland AM

Gaye Godkin, Health Nutritionist, talks to Ireland AM about how nutrition and health impacts fertility. Watch the video to see Gaye explain how Proceive Preconception Fertility Supplements can help your body get the extra vitamins, amino acids and minerals that are often lacking in our diets and how these can assist your body when trying for a baby.

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