Your nutritional health is a vital building block. Our fertility nutrition test assesses the key nutrients that affect your fertility and preconception health.
Our test helps you proactively identify issues and make changes to boost your health.
Our test will help you understand:
- Vitamins and minerals important for preconception health
- Your current levels of these key vitamins and minerals
- Your blood glucose (sugar) level
- You body mass index (BMI)
- How each of these factors play a role in preconception health
All analysis and explanation of your results and the science behind these factors has been developed with our expert fertility nutritionist.
What we test
Folate is one of the B-vitamins, if you have a normal level of folate in your body before you get pregnant, it reduces the risk of the baby developing neural tube defect. Neural tube defects are problems with the brain or spinal cord, including spina bifida.
- Vitamin B12
Plays a role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the formation of red blood cells. A deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause lack of energy and tiredness. It also works very closely with folate, so if you don’t have enough vitamin B12 this can increase the risk of your baby developing a neural tube defect.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in our bodies by helping with the absorption of dietary calcium and phosphate from our intestines. All of these nutrients are needed to help maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It also plays an important role in your immune system. Vitamin D is important for conception and pregnancy health to boost both the mother’s and baby’s bone and muscle health.
We measure ferritin as it reflects iron stores in your body. Your body uses iron to make red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body. If you don’t get enough iron in your diet you might develop anaemia, this can be heightened in pregnancy as your blood volume increases by nearly 50% to help with the growth and development of the baby during pregnancy. Severe anemia can also lead to complications in pregnancy.
An indicator of your glucose control and your risk of developing diabetes. HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin. When the glucose (sugar) in your blood rises, it binds to the haemoglobin in your red blood cells. So this marker measures your average blood glucose levels over the last few months and can indicate medium to long-term glucose control.
The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. Having a normal BMI is a great start for your fertility journey. High or low BMI can affect your chances of conceiving.
We provide finger-prick blood test kits so you can take your test in the comfort of your home
Why is nutrition and BMI management important?
Nutrition and BMI are very important building blocks for fertility and preconception health. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do to boost your fertility and health.
Our approach is based on the Nurse’s Health Study conducted by clinicians at Harvard University. Women in the study who followed three or four of the recommendations suggested were 66% less likely to have problems conceiving than women who didn’t.
There are a number of key nutrients that support the healthy development of an egg, these include Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. A lack of these nutrients can cause complications in pregnancy.
Katie Dalrymple is a nutritionist from King’s College London. Katie’s research focuses on maternal and infant health.
The diet and lifestyle of a woman around the time of conception can influence the development of her baby. To ensure the best outcome for you and your child it is therefore important to optimise your health – both before conception and during pregnancy. This test provides an important insight into your nutritional health, and empowers you to make any changes needed.