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Dr. Jessica Shepherd

Dr. Shepherd’s Tips:

Having a well-balanced diet is essential when planning for conception and the best way to be prepared for the changes in your body is to take prenatal vitamins up to 3 months before trying to get pregnant.  Also taking the supplement Folic Acid has been shown to decrease the rates of spinal cord defects.  Eating green leafy vegetables and protein found in lean meats such as chicken and fish as well as decreasing the fatty, fried foods also will help get the body in shape for a successful, healthy pregnancy

Illnesses that contribute to hindering the ability to get pregnant are thyroid disorders, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Diabetes, Obesity and High Blood Pressure

Having a good relationship with your obstetrician helps you know your risks for fertility and having a conversation about medical problems as well as a woman’s age is important. If you have a family history of blood clots or miscarriages, that is also a reason to discuss fertility with your obstetrician.

Age is a major factor in conception and women should at least have a conversation with their OB/GYN’s in their early 30’s so they can know their options and what they can do to make sure they are not in danger of missing important information pertaining to their medical histories and backgrounds.  When discussing age and fertility, a fertile 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant. That means that for every 100 fertile 30-year-old women trying to get pregnant in 1 cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again. By age 40, a woman’s chance is less than 5% per cycle, so fewer than 5 out of every 100 women are expected to be successful each month.


Here is a link to an article she wrote on the topic so viewers will be able to get her advice.