What is Preconception Care?
Preconception care is defined as a set of interventions that aim to identify and modify biomedical, behavioral and social risks to the man and woman's health during their reproductive years. Certain steps should be taken before conception or early in pregnancy that focuses on the parts of health that have been shown to increase the chance of having a healthy baby. Preconception health care is different for every person, depending on his or her unique needs. Based on a person’s individual health I will suggest a course of treatment or follow-up care as needed.
Why is Preconception Care important?
Preconception health is a precious gift to babies. For babies, preconception health means their parents took steps to get healthy before pregnancy. Such babies are less likely to be born early (preterm) or have a low birth weight. They are more likely to be born without birth defects or other disabling conditions. Preconception health gives babies the best gift of all―the best chance for a healthy start in life.
Consider Genetic Testing To Determine Your Risk of Having a Child with Autism
This test evaluates single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) in genes that modulate methylation, glutathione conjugation and oxidative protection. All of these factors have been implicated in the development of Autism. Talk to me about how to modulate these genes and consequently lower your child's risk of developing autism.
Zinc deficiency is far too common today, especially in our children. This may be due to a poor diet, a genetic disorder called pyroluria (25% of kids with ADHD have this) or just plain malabsorption. Low zinc levels have been linked to behavioral disorders such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and aggression in children/teens. Before putting your child on Ritalin or a stimulant drug with countless side effects, just do a simple blood test to determine your child's zinc levels. Along with this you should test copper levels. Elevated copper is related to lower levels of dopamine and higher levels of nor-epinephrine (the stress hormone). These fluctuations in neurotransmitters lead to cognitive/behavioral issues and learning disorders.