If you or a loved one is trying to conceive a child, consider the following – each can help improve the odds of beginning a healthy pregnancy.
1. Safety first. Avoid exposure to pesticides, paints, solvents, and other products with potentially harmful chemicals that can impair fertility.
2. Eat a balanced diet and supplement wisely. Vitamins C, E, B-12, Folic acid, Selenium, Zinc, and Lycopene – in the right amounts – are all beneficial to men’s fertility. Women should take Folic acid before trying to conceive, and during pregnancy to lower the risk of certain birth defects.
3. Acupuncture. Women who attempt in-vitro fertilization may also want to try acupuncture. It may improve blood supply to reproductive organs and help decrease stress. Acupuncture in men may positively influence sperm quality and count.
4. Go alternative. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a good track record in helping fertility. TCM views infertility as a problem of energy flows, and uses acupuncture, herbs and other techniques as treatment.
Why is Folic Acid So Important?
One proven way to protect the health of your child and yourself if you are planning a pregnancy is by taking Folic acid. The recommended daily dose of 400 mcg can significantly reduce the risk of birth defects such as Spina Bifida. Unfortunately, many women of childbearing age don’t take this simple precaution.