Monday, April 29, 2013

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Kepentingan Fish Oil Semasa TTC

Sebelum kita pergi cerita2 lagi, mari kita tgk kepentingan fish oil. Masa ke klinik Dr Hamid tu hari, dia  bekalkan saya 2 botol fish oil utk dihabiskan. Besar gabak. Sebijik - 2 kali sehari. Saya mmg ada masalah makan ubat besar gabak. Eh. Bukan ubat besar je. Ubat kecik pun ada masalah. Dari kecik mmg saya tak lepas lah nak makan ubat biji nih. Mesti cam berpusing2 dlm mulut, tak boleh nak telan. Tapi kali ni saya kena telan juga. Smpai tersangkut kat leher rasanya.

Saya dapatkan dalam BI lah. Senang sket kan. So, mari tgk. Sebelum ni mmg saya tak pernah consume fish oil.

If you're trying to conceive, you may be looking for a food or supplement that will help you do so faster. Alternately, you may be looking for supplements that will help to promote the health of your embryo, once you become pregnant. Fish oil contains many healthful compounds that won't help get you pregnant, but could positively impact your baby.

Getting pregnant requires that a healthy sperm come in contact with a healthy egg during a narrow window of time -- about 24 hours -- after you've ovulated. Because sperm only have a lifetime of about three days in the woman's body, this requires carefully timed intercourse. Furthermore, sperm meeting egg isn't the only requirement for becoming pregnant. The fertilized egg must implant in the uterine lining, and must develop normally.

Role of Nutrition
While there's no one food, vitamin or supplement that can help you get pregnant faster, following a healthy diet can help ensure your eggs are healthy and that you'll be able to carry a developing embryo to term if you conceive. Fish oil has a role in a healthy diet. The oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory in nature, explain Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz in their book "You: Having A Baby." Fish oil also contains DHA -- docosahexaenoic acid -- which your developing fetus uses to build brain cells.

If you've heard that you need to avoid certain fish -- particularly during pregnancy -- because of the risk of mercury contamination, you don't need to be concerned about fish oil. The fish that contain dangerous levels of mercury, a neurotoxin, are generally larger predator fish. Smaller fish, mostly sardines and anchovies, go into making fish oil. "The New York Times" reported in March 2009 that commercially available fish oil tablets don't have dangerous levels of mercury in them.

General Guidelines
If you're trying to conceive and want to start taking fish oil supplements, talk to your obstetrician or primary care physician first. Your doctor can help you decide whether you should take fish oil, how much to take, and whether you need other supplements or dietary changes in addition. If you are under 30 years of age and haven't conceived within a year of "trying" -- that is to say, making a concerted effort to do so -- you should see your doctor for a check up.

Recent studies have shown that the consumption of fish oil (or, more specifically, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil) improves fertility in both men and women. Fish oil is typically harvested from cold-water fish like salmon, trout, sardines and a wide variety of others. These oils contain high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which the body breaks down into eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. These two acids play a large role in biological processes that are vital to one’s fertility. But how exactly does fish oil help in regulating these processes and increase a couple’s chance at successfully conceiving a child?

In Men
Docosahexaenoic acid, which is a byproduct of omega-3 fatty acids, play a key role in the mobility of sperm. Sperm cells face a long and arduous journey before they’re even able to attempt to penetrate an ovum and fertilize an egg. In order to be fit for this journey, they must be, first of all, plentiful, and, second of all, up to the task.  
Docosahexaenoic acid plays an important role in the development of healthy sperm. The more sperm that make it to the ovum (millions will naturally die during the journey), the better chance there will be that one of them will successfully fertilize the egg, leading to pregnancy. Studies have found that males deficient in this acid produce under-performing sperm and are less fertile as a result. Furthermore, consumption of omega-3 fatty acids also increases blood flow to the genitals which leads to an increase in the overall production of sperm, as well as an decrease in the likelihood of erectile dysfunction. Again, numbers are key to increasing the odds of successful conception. The more sperm present in a man’s ejaculate, the better chances that one will successfully fertilize the egg.

In Women
Hormonally, women are much more complex than men and they cannot increase the production of ova that can successfully be fertilized, as women are born with all the eggs they will ever produce. However, there are certain conditions that the body can bring about that can help women become more fertile, and the consumption of fish oil promotes the natural occurrence of these conditions. For example, one of the main components to increased fertility is the regular and predictable menstrual cycle. Having a regular cycle allows women to know when their periods of highest fertility occur. Knowing this information allows couples to set a plan that will allow them the best chance of successful conception. Consumption of fish oils helps to promote a regular menstrual cycle.
Omega-3 fatty acids also enhance the body’s natural reactions during the menstrual cycle. A woman’s body temperature, for example, naturally increases during ovulation. This is a major tell-tale signal that her body is ready to conceive. By encouraging this natural surge in temperature, fish oil give women another tool they can use to increase their chances to successfully conceive.
Fish oils aren’t a magical elixir that can guarantee pregnancy. However, they do draw upon and enhance the body’s natural tools for successfully conceiving a child. Natural regulation is the key to increasing fertility, and consuming fish oils regulates these processes to become more predictable and allows couples to know their windows for peak fertility.


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