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pregnancy help

I been trying to have a baby for the past two years, and my Doctor says I'm ok, but I'm 40 now I really need to get pregnant do you recomend something.

  analili on 2005-06-12
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Hi Analili,
I can't help with homeopathy but these thoughts came to mind,
Has your partner been checked out?
How is your diet, have a look at preconception diets?
Have you worked out when you ovulate?
SFBurgundy last decade
Preconception diets???
Please explain!!!
I know when I ovulate but I have some pain before and after ovulation.

My husband never been checked by doctor....

anyway some advice will be welcome or can you recomend a doctor???

Thank you
analili last decade
Preconception diets???
Please explain!!!
I know when I ovulate but I have some pain before and after ovulation.

My husband never been checked by doctor....

anyway some advice will be welcome or can you recomend a doctor???

Thank you
analili last decade
Hi again,
I found this about diet on the BBC site. If you type in preconception nutrition or diet in a search engine you'll find loads of advice.
That said if you are having intercourse in the days around ovulating and having problems conceiving then your husband should really have his fertility checked too. There is a bit about diet for dads too in the below.

The importance of good nutrition
Following a healthy diet will ensure you have adequate stores of nutrients to meet your and your baby's needs during pregnancy. Follow the principles of healthy eating and choose appropriately from the major food groups, making sure you have a well-balanced and varied diet:

Food Group Number of servings per day
Starchy carbohydrates, eg. bread, breakfast cereals, porridge oats, rice, pasta and potatoes 5-7
Fruit and vegetables - all types, fresh, juiced, frozen or canned At least 5
Milk and dairy products eg. low-fat milk, yoghurt, cheese 2-3
Meat, fish and alternatives eg. lean meat, poultry, eggs, white fish, oily fish, peas, beans and pulses 2
Fat and sugar rich foods, eg. butter, margarine, cooking fats, pastries, cream, crisps, cakes, chocolate, sugary drinks, biscuits and sweets Keep to a minimum

Body weight and fertility
Being a healthy body weight is important before pregnancy. If you're underweight, it can be more difficult to conceive; if you're overweight, you run a greater risk of complications such as high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy.

The ideal range is usually calculated using the body mass index (BMI) of 20 to 25. Take steps to either try to lose or gain weight where necessary, in a sensible way - crash dieting will not be good for your overall health and may deplete your nutrient stores. Even a small weight loss can greatly increase your ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. If you are concerned about your weight, you may find it useful to speak to your doctor or practice nurse for further advice.

Folic acid
Taking folic acid before and in the very early stages of pregnancy can reduce the risk of your baby suffering neural tube defects (NTDs) such as spina bifida. Current advice is that all women of child-bearing age who may become pregnant should take a supplement that provides 400mcg folic acid per day. This is in addition to a dietary intake of folic acid of around 200mcg per day.

Rich dietary sources include fortified breakfast cereals, bread, green leafy vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach and green beans), oranges, dried beans, peas and lentils. Some supermarkets and food manufacturers identify good sources of folic acid with a special label. Look out for these next time you go shopping.

Women who've already had an NTD-affected pregnancy should take a supplement that provides 5mg per day. See your doctor for more information.

Ideally you should not need a vitamin and mineral supplement (apart from folic acid) if you're eating a healthy diet. However, if you want to take a supplement, choose a specially formulated prenatal multivitamin and mineral supplement. These are more likely to provide nutrients in balanced amounts, not high doses that may be dangerous to your health.

Dads too
Being super-fit and healthy is important for men who are hoping to conceive. There have been numerous research studies looking at preconceptual nutrition in men. We know that diets low in zinc can reduce sperm counts, while excessive alcohol intakes can reduce zinc levels even further. Zinc may be found in foods such as meat, wholegrain cereals, seafood, eggs and pulses.

Another nutrient that has a role in male fertility is selenium. Brazil nuts contain lots of this important mineral, along with meat, seafood, mushrooms and cereals. As with women, being very overweight or underweight can influence your fertility significantly. Aim to be the right weight for your height by eating sensibly and exercising on a regular basis.

The key message is to stick firmly within the alcohol limits - or reduce them further - and embark on a healthy eating regime to ensure you and your sperm are in tip-top condition. Don't expect results overnight - better quality sperm will result in about three months, the length of the sperm production cycle. Plan well in advance of the intended time of conception. Each day, simply choose foods from each of the major food groups, as outlined in nutrition basics. This will help you ensure you have a diet packed with energy-giving carbohydrates, moderate in protein and fat (but low in saturated fat) and rich in vitamins and minerals.

Good Luck
SFBurgundy last decade
what a wonderful list suzanne! I'll copy that one!!
analili - do either of you smoke? if so, give it up to help.
also on a practical level - boxer shorts/loose underwear for your husband helps to increase his fertility.
maybe your husband could get a fertility test done?
erika last decade
No, I don't smoke and I really enjoy loosing some underware around.....
I been thinking of the preconception diets I will try I only need something to increse my metabolism, I'm sitting at work for 8 to 12 hours I notice varicoise veins minimum ones but I know why....
It is hard to loose weight even with a good diet right now I'm 15 pounds over...
analili last decade
15 pounds overweight is not much. Walking is the best exercise...Its' nice you enjoy loose underwear :) :) but I meant loose underwear for your husband to wear so that he keeps his 'parts' cool to encourage fertility...
erika last decade

I guess I miss understanding!!!

Thank you...
analili last decade
Can you recomend something to increse my metabolism???
analili last decade
one thing for sure is be careful you eat enough - if you diet strictly and eat too little the body metabolism can slow down.
as you know, of course, overeating is also not good for obvious reasons.
daily walking or gentle exercise will help the body's metabolism slowly increase. An easy way is to use stairs instead of lifts and walk at every opportunity...
I know this all sounds obvious so forgive me if this is all old knowledge that you already have.
homeopathic treatment can also help - you would be best going to a local homeopath.
if you want help here with homeopathy we need to get a good idea of your health, emotions, any symptoms physical and emotional , your weather and food preferences and a whole lot more - have a look at other postings to see what sort of info has been provided.
as you are trying to conceive it would also be helpful to have your menstrual history and any problems gynaecological.
erika last decade

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