A concept that I find difficult to communicate with patients and in my writing, is that of preconception. Most of us think of this in terms of fertility, and getting pregnant. I would like to extend the concept of preconception to that of improving the health of our future children.
The idea that we can take steps pre-conception to improve the health of our future children is truly incredible, and with the enormous rise in childhood illnesses such as allergies, autism, asthma and ADHD, it has become essential.
The good news is, that there are many steps parents can take, before pregnancy to reduce the risk of childhood illness. Some of the areas that we examine include:
Personal & Family history
What do we need to prevent? Is there a history of allergies, eczema, asthma, autoimmune disease, mood disorder, ADHD, diabetes, etc. Here we can use the research and target preventative strategies in your preconception plan. For example, your blood sugar control in pregnancy, can influence future diabetes risk in your children.