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Raise Healthy Children: The Key Things You Must Know Before Planning Pregnancy | Dr. Mark Hyman

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Are you, or someone you know, thinking about starting a family now or in the near future? Typically, the focus on reproductive health falls on the woman, and it begins after conception has already occurred, with minimal emphasis on diet and nutrition beyond prenatal vitamins.

However, the pre-conception window is a foundational time for both partners to take charge of their hormonal, metabolic, and overall health to ensure the healthiest sperm and egg possible for a healthy pregnancy and, most importantly, a healthy baby.

In today's episode, we're discussing the essential steps both men and women can take to foster a nurturing environment for conception. We'll delve into lab tests and tools to support hormone and reproductive wellness, the challenges and insults of our modern-day lifestyles, and how we can use Functional Medicine to take a proactive approach by embracing diet, supplements, and exercise to prime couples for a successful pregnancy while safeguarding against developmental conditions like autism and ADHD that are doubling, or even tripling from one generation to the next.

Whether you're just starting to think about having kids or already on your pregnancy path, this conversation is for you.

In this episode I discuss:
The importance of the preconception window (3:15)(5:05)
How epigenetics impact the preconception window (3:58)(6:01)
How parent’s diet and lifestyle imprint their children’s epigenome (5:03)(6:59)
Limitations of Conventional Medicine during the preconception window (9:30)(11:26)
The Functional Medicine approach to preparing to conceive (12:12)
Breakdown of essential nutrients and biomarkers to ensure a healthy pregnancy (15:27)
Sex hormone and bonus lab tests (21:00)
Optimizing blood sugar and cardiometabolic health before and during pregnancy (22:40)
Foods to eat and foods to avoid while gearing up for pregnancy (23:44)
Eat your foods in the correct order (protein and fat first, then carbs (36:28)
Tips for reducing exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (38:14)
The power of exercise, stress, and sleep for a healthy pregnancy (47:24)
Supplement recommendations for men and women for the preconception window (51:35)

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  • @cates_keto says:

    I so agree!! I was not healthy having my 4th child, I had poor nutrition and high work stress. I was 6 weeks when I felt “there’s something wrong”, this feeling never left me, even though the doctors and nurses all said I was fussing, all scans were fine. Michael Andrew was born at full term and I was being sent home but I still insisted he had something wrong, 5 nurses refused to call the doctor as they thought I was overreacting, I even said he seemed to be turning dusky, eventually a nurse got the doctor, on listening to Michael’s chest he ran to the emergency ward, hours later I discovered he was going to die from hypo-plastic left heart syndrome (congenital but not genetic). He was rushed from cork hospital (in Ireland) to Crumlin children’s hospital that night by ambulance after they stabilised him with prostaglandin, but the writing was on the wall. They did several tests in crumlin, and it was a mechanical mal-formation of his left ventricular which was way too small. The left side of the heart is not used in-vitro as it is for the lungs etc. I always felt that nutrition was the problem, always. No-one listens to this! Fortunately two years later I had a perfect little girl, Alex, but let me tell you… I ate like a king that pregnancy!!! ❤😂🎉 thank you for these great videos!

  • @mariamachin6558 says:

    I’m glad you have made this video .. hope future parents take more responsibility about conceiving.

  • @ysunsets says:

    See the show notes!
    Great summary!
    Dr H. Mentions this at LEAST 6 times, approximately every TEN minutes during the video.
    Just click on “more.”😂

  • @adrianae.delcastillo1700 says:

    Wonderful video, thank you so much for all your advice. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • @kafuidebrah says:

    Thank you very much Dr. Hyman for making time to bring us essential and reliable information for free. God bless you!❤

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