Preconception and pregnancy

Regulated menstrual cycles, hormonal activity and energy metabolism promote optimal conception.


Changing physiological needs

During pregnancy and after delivery, women’s energy and nutritional needs are increased in order to maintain maternal homoeostasis and promote foetal growth and development1. A healthy and appropriate diet is therefore one of the main factors for influencing the health of the future mother and her child, even in the long-term. However, a large number of women start their motherhood with nutrient deficits, and the phenomenon can be accentuated during the months of pregnancy2.


Risks of a sometimes complicated course

Today, 1 in 8 couples consult because of difficulties in conceiving a child4 and 15% of pregnancies result in miscarriage before the 14th week of amenorrhoea3. Several risk factors have been proposed: rise in mother’s age for her first child5, healthy lifestyle (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, overweight) and the environment (e.g. exposure level to pollution or endocrine disruptors4). Medical treatment can resolve a number of fertility disorders, and medically-assisted reproduction can overcome most difficulties. Nevertheless, researchers are trying to better understand the underlying genetic and environmental factors.


Preventing risks through diet

In both men and women, scientific studies have shown the impact of oxidative stress on fertility and the predominant role of diet in creating an environment favourable to reproduction and proper development of the foetus6,7. Intake of omega-3, vitamin D or folic acid (vit. B9) are part of the medical recommendations7.

Along with specialists, Densmore’s role as a laboratory is to promote an “environmental” approach in caring for the couple’s needs during their journey into parenthood. We develop specialised formulas that incorporate the latest scientific advances in micronutrition.


References:

1. Feldt-Rasmussen U, Mathiesen ER, Endocrine disorders in pregnancy: physiological and hormonal aspects of pregnancy, Best Pract Res Clin;Endocrinol Metab 2011;25:875-84

2. WHO, Daily iron and folic acid supplementation during pregnancy

https://www.who.int/elena/titles/daily_iron_pregnancy/en/

3. IVI Fertility, Signs and symptoms of miscarriage, https://ivi-fertilite.fr/blog/signes-symptomes-fausse-couche/

4. EM Consulte. The influence of endocrine disruptors on human fertility. Céline Chamoux. Private hospital in Pays de Savoie. www.em-consulte.com/article/1027069/l-influence-des-perturbateurs-endocriniens-sur%C2%A0la%C2%A0

5. INSEE, A first child at age 28, https://www.insee.fr/fr/statistiques/1281068

6. Raphael Gruman, nutritionist specialised in micronutrition, http://www.leslouves.com/preconception-les-pouvoirs-secrets-de-notre-alimentation

7. Infertility Guide, Diet to get pregnant: these foods and vitamins improve fertility, https://www.guide-de-l-infertilite.fr/fr/actualites/article/alimentation-pour-tomber-enceinte-ces-aliments-et-vitamines-qui-ameliorent-la-fertilite