The quality and success of human reproduction is declining
More than 186 million people are infertile worldwide
15 in every 100 Australian couples of reproductive age experience fertility issues
74 in every 10,000 births in Australia end in a stillbirth and 1 in every 137 couples that reach 20 weeks gestation will have a stillborn baby
1 in 5 Australian women who know they are pregnant will experience a miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation
5-10% of women suffer from endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Endometriosis is the most common reason women of reproductive age in Australia are hospitalised
Sperm counts of men have halved over the past 40 years at a rate of ~ 1.5% per year
eat for baby was born from knowledge of these statistics and a passion to make a positive difference for mothers and their babies.
Nutrition and reproductive health are intimately connected
Reproduction and metabolism are intimately connected and reciprocally regulated. Throughout evolution biological mechanisms have prompted us to store energy in the case of food abundance and to prevent reproduction in times of poor nutrition.
Egg and sperm quality, and maternal nutrition in the womb and after birth have the greatest impact on babies’ and mothers’ health. So why are we not talking about the importance of good food for reproductive health?
Only 4% of Australian adults and 1% of Australian children eat the recommended dietary intake of vegetables and legumes/beans. Improving this could dramatically improve the health of all Australians.
It is never too late to look after yourself and improve your health, but the sooner you start the better. As you plan your pregnancy you have the opportunity to improve your health and optimise the lifelong health of your child/ren. eat for baby offers foods that are packed with nutrients to meet your needs wherever you are on your pregnancy journey. Shop now.
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