Thinking of starting a family? You can optimise your chances of conceiving by making sure you are as fit and healthy as possible. The Fertility Health Check looks at your overall health, with emphasis on three important vitamins and minerals; folate, iron and vitamin D, that are all essential for your baby’s growth and development.
Knowing your current folate levels pre-pregnancy will ensure you are taking the correct level of supplementation to prevent the development of neural tube defects. Low iron levels will leave you feeling tired and you will likely develop anaemia. In the UK, 40-75% of adults have insufficient Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is not only important to keep your bones and teeth healthy, but a deficiency has been linked to difficulty conceiving. In addition, dysfunction in TSH, thyroid-stimulating hormone, has been shown to adversely affect fertility.