Do you have a ‘pregnancy ready body’?  Did you know that a ‘pregnancy ready body’ is a something to work and strive for before you attempt getting pregnant?  Investing time and effort in getting a ‘pregnancy ready body’, will exponentially increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.

Your health and wellness, leading up to conception is vitally important for attaining a healthy ‘pregnancy ready body’.

Utilize these recommended 6 months tidbits to bond with your partner, as you move toward this very intimate goal.

  • Ask each other the parenting questions you might not have asked yet.
  • Get on the same page as future parents.
  • Knowing each others hopes, ideals and dreams regarding children will help you get on the same page and will serve you well in the future.
  • Know the roles you will be playing.
  • This will cement your relationship as a team, so that you can enjoy the whole pregnancy experience so much more.
    • From this, getting a  ‘pregnancy ready body’ will flow easily and naturally.

The ideal ‘pregnancy ready body’ is one that is in top health, well supported by adequate nutrients and supplementation.  A dual level approach internally and externally will have you sporting a strong and healthy body, that will be the ideal nesting place for your little one.

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Why is a ‘pregnancy ready body’ so important from a health perspective?

  • The nine months spent in the womb and the months before conception are the most critical periods of a woman’s life.
  • Not just for ensuring you actually conceive, but also for making sure no harm comes to your unborn baby.
  • Scientists are increasingly discovering that a mother’s health and nutrition during preconception and pregnancy, have a profound effect on the health of the infant.
  • Patterns of disease in adulthood can be traced back to infant nutrition.

Optimum nutrition increases:

  • fertility
  • a healthy pregnancy
  • chances of having a healthy baby with a strong resilience to disease

When both partners prepare for pregnancy, the odds for a healthy offspring are achieved.  It takes three months for the sperm to mature, while the egg or ovum takes a month.

Chances of a healthy conception is increased when:

  • each partner pursues optimum nutrition
  • minimizes his or her intake of anti-nutrients
    • especially alcohol and smoking
  • avoids high exposure to certain pollutants such as lead, not only found in:
    • petrol
    • but also in crystal glasses
    • ceramic plates
    • and homes built before 1978

Important Fact:

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The importance of a ‘pregnancy ready body’

One in every four couples suffer from some degree of infertility; the ‘pregnancy ready body’ is elusive.

This means, for some couples, having fewer children than they want; for most, it means no children at all. For infertile couples falling pregnant, is not the easy matter that it is commonly thought to be. The average length of time taken to get pregnant is six months, although eighteen months is not uncommon. Unless fertility tests show otherwise, failure to conceive within 18 months does not necessarily mean that you are completely infertile. Your ‘pregnancy body’ might be a little dormant and will need intentional effort to bloom.

A woman’s fertility decreases by 2% for every year the man is over twenty-four, regardless of how young his partner is..  And if she’s in her thirties, then she’ll take twice as long to conceive as a woman in her twenties.  Despite these statistics, research has shown that if both partners are in good health and receiving optimum levels of all the right nutrients, the effects of their age on their chances of conceiving and having a successful pregnancy can be reduced.

Fertility and the speed of conception depends on many factors such as:

  • psychological,
  • physical and
  • nutritional.

Conception rate is very high during holiday periods, since stress – a major factor in infertility – is reduced. The chances of conception is greatly increased by timing intercourse to coincide with ovulation. Also, your nutrition and especially your vitamin status plays a crucial role toward obtaining a healthy ‘pregnancy ready body’.

I see many women in my practice who are struggling to conceive. I regard this as a fertility problem when a couple have been having unprotected intercourse for 12-18 months. This unfortunate condition is more common in women than in men. In 30% of couples who have difficulty conceiving, the problem is due to the man.

Possible reasons why women have difficulty in falling pregnant:

The reason many couples seem to be having problems conceiving, is people seem to be in much poorer health today than decades ago.  Poor health makes attaining a ‘pregnancy ready body’ more elusive.

Stressful modern lifestyles, nutrition-depleted food and greater exposure to environmental pollutants are all taking their toll on all aspects of our health.

The introduction of pesticides and sprays seem to be the beginning of the decline of people’s health.

Almost all food is nutritionally inferior because of the use of harmful chemicals in our food chain, as well as in many other very common items.There was an article some time ago in Newsweek magazine, reporting on “The estrogen Complex” – the harmful effects of chemicals and pesticides on our reproductive systems. The result: sexual development in both males and females has gone seriously askew.

It is also more common for couples who are career orientated to wait until they are older before they start trying for a baby. As a result, by your mid 30’s your body has been exposed to more harmful toxins and is often more deficient in essential nutrients. Diet and lifestyle are 2 crucial factors which can influence infertility. When considering these factors, it is now more crucial than ever to get a ‘pregnancy ready bod’y before just trying to get pregnant.

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I would also like to bring up Homocysteine.

This is a new health marker that has been making headlines regarding its association with more than 100 different health conditions, including infertility and pregnancy complications.

One study which looked at nearly 6,000 women, found that those with high homocysteine levels were up to 100% more likely to suffer problems during their pregnancies, such as:

  • pre-eclampsia (a pregnancy disorder of unknown origin), characterized by vasospasm, elevated blood pressure and increased neuromuscular irritability – this could be related to magnesium deficiency. Research reveals that both serum calcium and serum magnesium levels in preeclamptic women are lower than in normal pregnancies
  • pre-term delivery
  • a very low birth weight or
  • had babies with birth defects.

It’s now easy to have your homocysteine levels tested through a blood test. It has to be done on a fasting stomach; if your levels are high, this can easily be reduced to a healthy level in around 3 months with the right nutritional supplements. It is well worth checking your homocysteine levels before trying to conceive and knowing your score. If your level is above 7, start supplementing with a product containing Folate, B12, B6, zinc and TMG. (Trimethylglycine)

I have had amazing results by implementing my unique protocol for those women battling to fall pregnant.

When I start to really unravel what is going on, it becomes clear that there is a complex web of problems that need to be resolved, and as a result, fertility can be restored naturally. It is very important to look at each person individually.

I would like to see the nutritional approach becoming more mainstream, so that every one can benefit and of course this is  so much cheaper than fertility treatments.

I must inform you that for a woman, it takes about 3 months to mature an egg (although she has all her eggs in place at birth) and for a man, it takes 3-4 months to make sperm.

Preparing your ‘pregnancy ready body’ should begin at least 3 months and preferably 6 months before conception.

  1. This will give you time to improve your eating plan – this approach increases the chances of conception
  2. Increases your baby’s chances of being healthy at birth,
  3. Gives you time to tackle stopping smoking (must stop smoking long before trying to conceive),
  4. Reduce alcohol intake
  5. Have any medical checks you need.
  6. Fertility can also be impaired by genitor-urinary infections. – Check STD.  Clamydia gardenerella etc. You might need to change your method of contraception if necessary.
  7. The Association for the Promotion of Pre-conceptual Care believes that certain contraceptive methods can affect fertility. It advises using only natural, family planning methods such as the condom or diaphragm.
  8. Make sure you are immune to German Measels (Rubella).
  9. The pill is not recommended, neither the coil.
    • because both alter vitamin and mineral balances in the body.
    • In particular, they raise copper and lower zinc levels.
    • High copper levels can be toxic and low zinc levels are associated with infertility.
    • The pill also increases Vitamin A levels and can depress Vitamin B vitamins, vitamin C and folic acid.
    • The coil can increase the risk of pelvic and fallopian tube infections, which both reduce fertility.
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I believe the biggest negative factor for fertility in today’s lifestyle is stress.

While many accept that smoking and alcohol are bad for you, stress is by far a more prevalent “anti nutrient”.

By this, I mean it depletes vital nutrients and impairs the body’s ability to function as it should. Holidays are a common time for couples to conceive – when you are relaxed, the body works better!

I feel the health of the male partner should definitely not be overlooked, since most attention is focused on the women in fertility issues.  Scientists at the medical research council unit of Reproductive biology at Edinburgh University have recently published some alarming findings. There is evidence that the sperm count in normal men have dropped by half in the last 50 years. Experts believe there are other several factors, besides stress and smoking that are causing male infertility and that is environmental oestrogens; they could be doing the most damage.

Environmental estrogens are found in hundreds of chemicals used almost everywhere:

  • from insecticides,
  • to plastics
  • and shampoos.
  • Cattle are even fed these artificial hormones, so that they reach maturity faster.
    • They are so prevalent that they easily end up in the water supply and the food chain.
    • Further studies show an increase in sperm deformity – undersized testes, low sperm counts, testicular cancer and a host of other male reproductive irregularities that weren’t as prevalent 20 years ago.

Let me share the behind the scenes work that goes into creating a ‘pregnancy ready body’ for men:

Biological Aspects:

  • Sperm takes about 10 weeks to produce; a sperm count can rise and fall dramatically
  • When a man is exposed to heat or adverse chemicals, a drop in sperm count can occur
  • Of all the nutrients known to affect male fertility, zinc is the most researched.
    • Signs of zinc deficiency include:
      • late sexual maturation
      • small sex organs
      • and infertility
    • These problems can be corrected with adequate supplementation of zinc
    • According to Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, Director of the Princeton Bio center, he maintains that adequate amounts of B6 and zinc are absolutely essential
      • Sexual ability of the male should return within 1 to 2 months after taking adequate supplementation.
      • Zinc is found in high concentrations in male sex glands and in the sperm itself, where it is needed to make the outer layer and then the tail.
    • I would give males a supplement called Male Care which is high in vitamin A and zinc plus other necessary nutrients. This formulation is also good for prostate problems as well. **** please give me the details i want to insert a link to male care**
    • So adequate zinc, magnesium, vitamin C  and vitamin A are essential for the production of healthy sperm.
    • Rich sources of zinc include
      • seafood (particularly oysters)
      • lean red meat
      • whole grains
      • seeds and
      • unsalted raw peanuts

Physical Aspects:

  • The testes, like the brain are especially sensitive to the effects of heavy metals such as:
    • lead
    • cadmium
    • mercury
    • aluminium
    • copper
      • It is believed that lead can build up in the body through lack of exercise; however, please do not jump in from here and overdo the exercise, as increased body temperature and sweating could also affect sperm production
      • Researchers also found that a diet high in animal fats can encourage lead accumulation in the body.

Lifestyle Habits:

  • Drinking large amounts of coffee and alcohol can affect the sperm.
    • More than 8 units of alcohol in 48 hours can have a toxic effect on sperm production
    • Beer and lager can be particularly problematic, as they contain plant oestrogens which mimic female hormones and trigger infertility in men.
    • Rather drink filtered water.
  • Smoking – studies have shown that smoking damages the sperm membrane, its mobility and ability to reach an egg.
    • It also affects the quality and quantity of the sperm.
  • Canadian researchers found that stress can drastically cut men’s sperm count.
    • Stress causes hormonal imbalances
    • Changes in blood pressure and body temperature  may harm sperm
    • Stress can cause the body to release cortisol, which is thought to interfere with sperm production
    • Worse, the sperm that stressed out men produce, happen to be sluggish swimmers
      • If men are able to lower their stress levels by implementing stress reduction techniques, sperm levels should return to normal

External Factors:

  • Tight Briefs
  • Hot Baths
    • a temperature rise of just 1 degree centigrade can affect healthy sperm formation.  So, men avoid sitting in hot baths for any length of time.Take tepid baths or showers. I suggest you also avoid saunas.
  • Sitting
    • sitting for hours at a desk as well as behind the wheel of a car could affect male fertility.  This sedentary position can heat the testicles, so lowering the sperm count.
      • Take regular breaks every 20 – 30 minutes away from your desk or car as this will help to regulate the temperature of the testicles.

Optimum nutrition,  as well as taking nutritional formulations can greatly improve one’s chances of creating a ‘pregnancy ready body’. You just heard the importance of certain vitamin supplements for men to improve the chances of having better sperm counts etc.

Even the slightest deficiencies during preconception can create problems.

Have a look at my Pre-Pregnancy Supplement Handbook in the download link below.

In summary, the Main Considerations for couples trying to fall pregnant:

I would like to emphasise avoidance of  artificial oestrogens. It is difficult to protect oneself against artificial oestrogens as they are so widespread.  But, when it comes to food, some measures can prevent ingestion of oestrogens.

Give these Guidelines a try:

  • Remove the fat from the meat before cooking, as oestrogen is usually stored in the fat cells
  • Cook food properly because oestrogens are destroyed by heat
  • You should eat a low GL Diet including a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, so that you get a good range of nutrients
  • Eat some nuts, seeds and oily fish for essential fats.  Be careful of eating too much tuna
  • Limit refined and processed foods
  • Eliminate coffee and alcohol
    • these are stimulants and will affect the adrenal glands
    • as well as the sperm of men.
  • It is impossible to get optimal levels of all the nutrients one needs from diet alone.  Boost your intake on particular supplements needed to help you conceive.  Use Klamath Blue Green Algae
  • Both husband and wife must take high amounts of L-5 methyltetrahydrofolate ((L5-MTHF) is the metabolically active form of folic acid)
  • Incorporate regular relaxation into your day –  do some yoga, meditate, go for a walk and don’t forget to laugh. Your body and your future baby will thank you for this approach

Following a nutrient-rich diet, boosting levels of essential vitamins and minerals via a good supplement protocol and minimizing toxins is sensible in the run-up to your ‘pregnancy ready body’.

The best advice I can share with you is:

Conception should really not be considered if you have any major illnesses or are in a run down state physically, as some serious health problems often develop after pregnancy.

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Good luck on this path. If you have read through this article and still feel you might need additional guidance or a step by step, easy to follow, no hassle action plan,  please contact me at

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