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Jen is still on her “Fascinating Facts” mission and this week has taken a look at interesting truths and debunking myths about Fertility & Pregnancy…
It is recommended that you and your partner start looking after yourselves at least three months (ideally six months) before you plan to conceive. Both egg and sperms are most vulnerable in the 100 days prior to conception (hence looking after yourself prior to conceiving).
Any woman trying to conceive needs to ensure that she eats a healthy diet with sufficient minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. The same advice applies to men, researchers have shown in a number of trials that food additives and common industrial chemicals can lower sperm counts and reduce male fertility.
A diet with high levels of beta-carotene and folic acid is recommended, good sources are these are:
Apricots, bananas, carrots, citrus fruits, dates, oats, olives, pineapple, oily fish, eggs, dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach.
So here come the facts …
Did you know?
- It takes around twelve weeks for a sperm to grow from its first single cell to full maturity.
- You are pregnant for 10 months because the clock starts ticking from the first day of your last period.
- Babies in the womb can taste the food their mothers eat!
- Baby girls are born with all the eggs they will ever use, but boys don’t develop sperm until puberty.
Myths blown out of the water:
- Riding a bike will affect sperm count – whilst in theory, the jostling, grinding and heat to the region can affect sperm, unless you are a serious elite-level athlete you have no reason for concern.
- The Pill can make you infertile – there is actually no evidence or link between the use of hormonal contraceptives (including the pill) and fertility.
- Your eating for two – the food cravings are real, but you only need about 300 extra calories a day.
- Say no to seafood – eating seafood in pregnancy is safe and really good for expecting mothers! Fish is packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which help baby develop. However, you are advised to stay clear of raw fish as it may contain parasites and bacteria.
Let us know if you have any other fun myths or facts that we can share with everyone!
That’s all for now folks!