Author: Jacky Dixon

Feeling tired? Bloated? Sick of not getting anywhere with your health? Gut function testing with a Complete Digestive Stool Analysis may be the answer! Did you know that your microbiome (gut bugs),...

Painkillers   How many times have you taken a paracetamol due to having a head cold or a headache or any niggling aches and pains?   Painkillers have been used routinely since the 1950’s...

PMS, Puberty, Menopause, Hormones, need I say more? One of the issues you usually don’t consider when planning a family is the fact that having kids later in life will increase...

Why is it all about being overweight? What about weight gain? Google 'weight gain' and the only thing that comes up is information and ads on how to lose weight, but...

Many people in the community are confused about the conflicting information about soy products, particularly when it comes to breast cancer risk or recurrence and particularly in women of menopausal...

Caffeine when pregnant - should I limit caffeine if I am planning to conceive, or am pregnant ?

This question is one of the most frequently asked of my fertility clients, and for an addicted coffee drinker it may seem inconceivable that you should limit coffee consumption. So, is caffeine when pregnant and preconception really that harmful? Often due to morning sickness and aversion to tastes and smells heightened in pregnancy, you may be put off at least in the first trimester. There are many conflicting arguments for and against at least reducing caffeine in pregnancy. Research has not come up with a definitive answer, but does point towards the risk factors. I’m suggesting that you should consider giving it up in the preconception period in preparation for pregnancy. Recent research from the U.S shows that 51% of people are slow metabolizers of caffeine, which means it takes a long time to clear from the body, and if you think of all the extra circulating hormones in pregnancy it would logically take a lot longer.
We all know that folic acid is important for pregnancy, but did you know there are different forms of folic acid and that the form you choose can affect your fertility? The majority of women know that folic acid (B9), is essential for the normal development of a baby in utero. It is particularly important in the first trimester when the nervous system is developing, as it reduces the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. But more recent research has uncovered a genetic defect that makes it extremely difficult for up to 1in 4 people to effectively absorb folic acid, which is the synthetic form contained in most supplements.