Jacky Dixon, fertility and women’s health specialist explains the risk of pregnancy-related diabetes, strategies to deal with a diagnosis and prevention.
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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.
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is a chemical used to make hard plastic containers and the lining of metal food and beverage cans. According to the “Center for Disease Control and Prevention” - more than 90% of Americans have traces of it in their urine. We have all seen plastic containers with those bright stickers claiming “BPA FREE” so what does this mean? Most people are aware that the plastics containing BPA (Bisphenol A) are detrimental to health, but how do they affect us particularly in pregnancy?
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Australian research on fertility, carried out by Dr. Anne Clark, (2006) the Chair of the “Preservation of Fertility”, gives us an insight into issues surrounding fertility today. The research covered 2,400 Australians age 18+ across all states, the results were as follows: