Trying to conceive can be both an exciting and a stressful time for prospective parents.

The health of both future Mum and future Dad are important to maximise your chances of a successful pregnancy. Naturopath and nutritionist Teresa Mitchell-Paterson shares four things to consider before conception, to help pave the way for a healthy pregnancy.

Start before you ‘start’

Many eggs develop per month, whilst only one is released each cycle.  The life cycle of an oocyte is three months.

Healthy oocytes are needed to boost your chances of falling pregnant, so I’d recommend visiting your healthcare practitioner three to six months before trying to conceive, for a check-up to see if you have any nutrient or vitamin deficiencies.

Harness healthy habits

A healthy BMI for both Mum and Dad can be important for a successful conception. In the three to six months prior to pregnancy it’s time to clean up your diet and lifestyle habits.

I recommend consuming spinach and broccoli for folic acid; seaweed, dairy and eggs for iodine; lean meat, seafood and nuts for zinc and essential fatty acids; and leafy green veggies and red meat for iron. Regular physical activity is also beneficial for mental, physical, and reproductive health.

Nourish with nutrients

Metabolically active forms of folic acid and vitamin B6 may provide an extensive nutritional foundation during preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Choline is also required for normal healthy neurodevelopment of the growing foetus. Supplements that help support the methylation and expression of DNA may also be beneficial in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy for both mother and baby. Ask your healthcare professional’s advice about supplements that may best support your pregnancy needs.

Ask your HCP

While pregnant, your body is in overdrive creating a magnificent little human being inside you.

See your healthcare practitioner before conception for a health check, and to advise on the form, dose and timing of quality vitamin or mineral supplements. Checking in with your healthcare practitioner will make sure you’ll benefit from supplements you might need, and not wasting money on supplements you don’t.   

Do you know anyone who has just announced a pregnancy? Share how you found out in the comments below!

  • Good tips. I would say as well just try not to get so wound up about conceiving – it just makes it stressful and less likely to happen.


  • Another important tip to note is: RELAX! Hubby and I were so hung up about trying for our first and also using an ovulation kit, etc. because we were hoping to have a girl (if you work out exactly when you are ovulating you can try to pre-determine gender). In the end we decided just to stop trying to have a baby but not try not to have one. Our daughter was conceived shortly after.


  • Worthwhile points to consider, however things don’t always happen like this.


  • These are all great hints but sometimes things happen and you don’t have time to prepare earlier.


  • All great tips, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way.


  • We never “tried” to conceive as such, but a healthy nutritious diet & lifestyle is always good !


  • some very good advice here.


  • I see a really cute and unique photo posted by a couple expecting their second child. They picture was of their just over 1 year old holding a sign in his cot saying something like “Eviction Notice” and then the pregnancy announcement.


  • I think the best way to conceive is to not actually “plan it” – just let nature do it’s thing – I think there is to much stress if you “force” yourself to conceive – it’s too much emotional stress on both parties and if it doesn’t work that first time then the stress gets higher and can become worse. we didn’t plan or really think about falling pregnant – it just happened – then I went onto taking care of my body and baby as soon as I knew.


  • Most pregnancies are announced via social media these days…


  • Very good advice. I think it’s also important to not stress about getting pregnant.


  • Personally I think it’s best to eat always nutritious and to stop “trying” to conceive, just relax in making love and you will conceive.


  • Conceiving can be a mixed experience for many couples.


  • This doesn’t really help the guilts felt by those with unexplained infertility.


  • Folic acid supplements is the only thing my doctor advised me to take during the infertility treatment. I had an healthy BMI and of course I didn’t smoke or drink since the start of the treatment.


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