The time has come, you finally feel ready to try for a baby. As exciting and exhilarating as it is, it’s also an incredibly frightening and worrying time for many couples embarking on the journey for the first time. Which is why we’ve reached out to Zita West, the pregnancy and fertility expert and founder of the Zita West Fertility Clinic, to find out a little more about what women can do to try and help to keep their eggs healthy.
The leading lifestyle fertility platform, Fertility Help Hub, recently ran a poll with their community of those trying to conceive. Out of 500 individuals, 68% of those waiting for IVF said Covid has made them eat worse, with 61% stating that they are exercising less due to lockdown restrictions. If you too feel this way and are looking for ways to try and improve your egg health, Zita has put together five tips for keeping your eggs healthy.
Read on to find out more.
Having been a midwife for almost forty years, Zita has spent over 25 years focusing on fertility and has helped thousands of trying parents on their journey into parenthood. She said, “Most women know that they are born with all the eggs that they are ever going to possess and that they are all already genetically predetermined, but there are a few easy steps women can take which will enhance the environment in which eggs develop and mature, including lifestyle changes, proper nutrition and the right dietary supplements to get healthy eggs.”
Healthy eggs need:
- A diet rich in protein
- Good gut health to absorb nutrients to build eggs
- Balanced blood sugar for balanced hormones
- Good blood flow
- Protection from free radicals
- Healthy fats for cell membranes
Take a multivitamin
Multivitamins and minerals produce the key building blocks needed for good quality eggs, so take a premium multivitamin and multimineral supplement specifically designed to support fertility. The supplement you are taking should be alongside a micronutrient-rich diet to ensure that your eggs are in good shape. Good nutrition can support you and create an optimum environment in your body for the embryos to thrive.
Avoid environmental stressors
As you grow older, all your cells become weaker – including your eggs. Unstable molecules called free radicals cause cellular destruction, and high levels of these will speed up the process of ageing and so damage eggs faster! That is why it is vital to avoid any environmental stressors that can cause this, like smoking, so that your eggs are protected as much as possible.
Get enough antioxidants
Everyone knows that antioxidants are great for the body, but they are particularly great for eggs as they can neutralise the effect of those cell-damaging free radicals. Our Vitafem Boost 1 range is designed as an antioxidant ‘booster’ formulation for this very purpose, and should be taken alongside a general supplement to make your eggs stronger than ever.
Focus on healthy fats
Some fats are better for us than others, and during preconception and pregnancy, those healthy fats should be your best friend. Eggs need essential fatty acids to build up their outer layer cell membrane, and by containing Omega 3 essential fatty acids, the Vital DHA supplement can help you reach that optimum balance of healthy fats.
It has long been the case that women trying to conceive are advised to take folic acid, due to its proven ability to aid the normal development of eggs. But more and more, women are being told to take Inositol to balance their blood sugar and regulate their cycle. The new Inositol and Folate supplement provides the optimum combination of one’s needed intake of both during preconception and pregnancy, ultimately enhancing egg quality.
If you are struggling with fertility issues, we really recommend visiting the Zita West website, www.zitawest.com and checking out the Fertility Help Hub, which offers help to those struggling with fertility, www.fertilityhelphub.com