It is important for the mother to get through the pregnancy as healthy as possible and to prepare the body for breastfeeding. It is wise to take a good Multi and Minerals complex that is specially designed for the pregnant woman to ensure that the baby has an optimal start.
Pregnancy multivitamin and mineral complex
The advice of the midwife is to take a pregnancy multivitamin and mineral complex to ensure sufficient fuel for the pregnant woman. When you advise a Multi or take it yourself, there are a few things to look out for. Does the Multi contain the active form of the relevant vitamin or mineral? The active form is much better absorbed by the body. Folic acid is known that Quadrafolate is 10 times more effective than just folic acid. Also note that Multi is orthomolecular dosed and contains sufficient iron, zinc and magnesium. We recommend using a Multivitamin that makes a difference in the Day and night needs. If you have doubts about which Multi you should use, have a professional advise you.
A healthy intestinal flora of mother will give the child a good start. This also applies especially when the baby is born in the natural way. The intestine of the fetus in the womb is sterile and it is only at the moment that the fetus passes through the birth canal that the intestines of the fetus come into contact with the “outside world”. The fetus gets the intestinal flora of mother when he goes through the birth canal. In addition, the intestinal flora is built up by giving breastfeeding. The intestinal flora of the mother must therefore be as optimal as possible. Unfortunately, research (Radboud University) shows that due to stress during the pregnancy, the intestinal flora of the baby is not working well and the advice is to do stress reduction during pregnancy. Probiotics helps to increase resistance,
Common pregnancy sickness is nausea. The pregnancy hormone HCG is probably the main culprit. Fortunately, something can be done about it in a natural way. Research has shown that Pyroxidine (Vitamin B6) helps to prevent and reduce morning sickness. In addition, ginger (tea) can work against nausea.
Nocturnal muscle cramps
During pregnancy it has an increased need for extra minerals especially on Silicium and Magnesium. Nocturnal muscle cramps is a common occurrence during pregnancy. When this occurs, there is often a need for extra Magnesium. Note, however, in what form Magnesium is in the supplement. Magnesium in combination with Taurine, in the form of Magnesium taurate, is one of the better absorptive forms of Magnesium. Both substances help to relax the muscles and are also involved in stimulus management. This, of course, in addition to sufficient exercise and sufficient drinking.
In addition to the extra requirement for Magnesium during pregnancy, there is also an increased need for Silicium. Silicon is the most important mineral for strong and supple connective tissue. A deficiency of Silicium weakens the connective tissue structures such as our ligaments and tendons. Pelvic instability is caused by weakening the bonds that hold the different bones of your pelvis together. About five percent of pregnant women are faced with pelvic instability. Since Silicium is an important building material for the connective tissue structures, taking extra Silicium can contribute in a natural way to the treatment of pelvic instability. The form Silanol, organic Silicon in potable form, has the highest bioavailability.
A hormone that plays an important role during pregnancy is Progesterone. Progesterone is also called the protective force for pregnancy. Progesterone has a relaxing effect and ensures that the uterus does not contract. The disadvantage, however, is that Progesteron ensures the retention of moisture. This can lead to a difficult bowel movement or even to hemorrhoids. Extra fibers and a lot of drinking are then necessary. A good intestinal flora is also important. The extra fibers can be extracted from the diet, but there are also a number of resources available that can be used in case of constipation. Fibers such as Psyllium and Glucomannan can also be used with care to soften the stool.
Hemorrhoids is a nasty (painful) but harmless condition in which the swelling bodies that are in the rectum swell too much and can become inflamed. Due to the disturbed fluid balance in pregnancy, hemorrhoids can occur during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids can best be treated by trying to prevent constipation and supplementing the treatment with drinking liquid Silicon because Silicium strengthens the connective tissue.
Stretch marks are marks that appear on the skin because the skin grows too quickly. Striae usually occurs on the belly during pregnancy but can also occur on the breasts of the pregnant woman. It is an innocent condition but is seen as annoying by many people because it does not look good and the stripes often do not go away. It is important to keep the skin well hydrated and greasy with, for example, cocoa butter. In addition, silicon can be used to strengthen connective tissue.
A common ailment during pregnancy is a bladder infection. Pregnant women get bladder inflammation more easily because the ureters are wider open during pregnancy, the bladder wall is weaker and pregnant women often do not emptied their bladder well. The E-coli bacterium causes bladder inflammation in 90% of cases and can be detected in the urine. When the bladder infection is caused by a Streptococcus infection then antibiotic treatment is required. The standard treatment of a bladder infection is with antibiotics. Disadvantages of this are that the intestinal flora of the mother is broken down by the antibiotics and the bacteria can also become resistant. However, there is a wonderfully natural and less invasive solution for bladder inflammation, namely the use of D-mannose. D-Mannose is a reverse sugar that occurs in our body.
Infertility literally means that you are unable to produce a child. In many cases, there is something to be done about this problem using medical techniques or – unexpectedly – a pregnancy can still occur (sometimes only years later). It is therefore better to speak of reduced fertility (also called subfertility), as long as it is not yet definitively established whether you really can not have children. The cause of fertility problems can lie with both the woman and the man. It is also possible that there is something wrong with both partners or that the combination of that one woman and that one man does not lead to the desired pregnancy In this brochure possible fertility problems and treatments for women and men are discussed
Fertility problems in the woman
There are various reasons for the woman. Closed fallopian tubes, which prevent the egg and the sperm cell from reaching each other, make the chance of spontaneous pregnancy impossible. Edges to tubal and/or ovaries can also cause problems. A hormone disorder, which causes no ovulation, for example, can be another cause. A common example of this is PCO Syndrome (PolyCysteus Ovarian Syndrome). Endometriosis, a condition in which uterine lining is located outside the uterus, can also affect fertility. And thyroid abnormalities can also have a negative influence.
Deviating cervical mucus (the mucus that occurs in the cervix), ie not well of composition or too little mucus, is also one of the possible causes. We also mention the possibility that there are antibodies around the egg cell so that the sperm cells cannot penetrate into the egg cell. The woman can also enter the transition at a young age, due to an unknown cause or as a result of treatments of (child) cancer. Women whose mothers have used the artificial hormone DES (Di-Ethyl-Stilbestrol, a chemical that has the same effect as estrogen) during pregnancy are at greater risk of fertility problems. There are other causes, but the above are the most common ones.
Fertility problems in men
In the man, too, everything can be wrong so that fertilization does not work. It is possible that there are no living sperm cells in the man’s semen, or too little, or that the cells are poorly movable so that they can never enter an egg cell. A deviating form of sperm cells can also lead to fertility problems. Finally, there may be anti-substances in men, which reduces fertility. Usually, poor seed quality is caused by an as yet untreatable and inexplicable deviation in seed production. Sometimes fertility problems in men are caused by a hormone disorder, a closed offspring or non-deposited test balls. As a possible cause, a varicocele (a varicose vein in the scrotum) is sometimes indicated; the sometimes proposed operation on this varicocele is controversial, however, because it has not been conclusively proven that this intervention has a positive effect on the quality of the seed. If the man has had a viral disease, such as mumps, as a child, this can also lead to reduced fertility. Chemotherapy and radiation in the treatment of (child) cancer can have the same negative effect on the fertility of the man. A certain group of cytostatics (the alkylating substances) can damage the sperm in boys.
Also working with certain chemicals or working in a too hot environment, causing the temperature in the scrotum to become too high, could lead to this problem. However, there is no certainty about the latter.
There are numerous treatment options that suit the various problems that can be found. Here we mention the most important and most common treatments.
4.1 Hormone treatment
If a hormone abnormality has been detected in the woman, she can be treated with hormones to regulate the cycle and induce ovulation. This treatment is called ovulation induction. If the woman does not ovulate, the first choice is usually clomiphene, which is taken in tablet form. The doctor then follows the ultrasound cycle to view the effect of the treatment. Men are rarely treated with hormones. Of hormone treatment in men is not certain whether the treatment has resulted. The endocrinologist is the specialist in the field of hormones, which will be switched on if the problem with the hormones turns out to be more complicated. In most cases, the treatment will be done by a fertility doctor or gynecologist. Hormones can be administered in tablet form, injections or via a hormone pump
The abbreviation KI stands for Artificial Insemination. In this term we mainly think of self-insemination (with or without donor seed) with the aid of a syringe without a needle. At KI, the sperm is injected high into the sheath.
The insemination treatment that is performed in the hospital is called Intra Uterine Insemination (abbreviated to IUI). Intra Uterien means ‘in the womb’. At IUI, the seed is first pre-processed in the laboratory – also called reprocessed. This is necessary because the sperm cells normally undergo a biochemical change in the cervical mucus (capacitation). This biochemical change is necessary for the seed to fertilize the egg cell. In addition, the most mobile sperm cells are also directly separated from the rest. IUI is often the first treatment that a gynecologist proposes. Usually when there is reduced fertility of the man and with ‘hostile’ cervical mucus (the mucus on the inside of the cervix). IUI can be performed on the woman with or without hormone stimulation. This depends on various factors. The disadvantage of hormone stimulation is that several eggs can mature simultaneously with a greater chance of multiple births. It is therefore important that hormone stimulation is well controlled in order to prevent the formation of very many egg vibes. This may result in overstimulation, which not only leads to the risk of a (large) multiple pregnancies, but also to extra medical care and should, therefore, be avoided.