Having trouble getting pregnant? Worried about another miscarriage? Or want to have the healthiest baby possible? My name’s Dr. Chad Yarbrough and one of the things I specialize in is autism, infertility and preconception planning. With autism rates sky rocketing and more and more women having trouble getting pregnant, we are doing things wrong! Let’s step back and think about infertility a second.
Why would someone’s body not allow them to get pregnant? We must respect the body and it’s decisions, it is smarter than we give it credit. Our bodies know when it’s capable of carrying full term and when it is not. Forcing a body to become pregnant in my opinion isn’t always the smartest idea. Why don’t we look a little deeper and see what’s going on.
Methylation & MTHFR
One thing that’s common in miscarriages and infertility is a problem in what’s called methylation. If you google Infertility and MTHFR, you will find a ton of information. MTHFR is an enzyme that converts folates into Methyl-folate. Methylfolate is required for the methylation cycle. This cycle is responsible for protecting DNA, DNA replication, blood clotting, and neurotransmitter, hormone and toxin metabolism. So, it’s very important to evaluate methylation before getting pregnant. Problems in methylation has been shown to cause up to a 40-fold increased risk for having an autistic child. You can read more about MTHFR HERE.
Proper thyroid hormone levels are extremely important for a developing babies brain development. It’s also associated with infertility. Common symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, slow healing, constipation, morning headaches and a few others. Typical lab ranges only tell you if you have disease. You can still fall within these ranges and have symptoms, including infertility. Using optimal ranges and a full thyroid panel, you can pinpoint what to do to balance the hormones and improve your symptoms. It is very important to ensure proper thyroid hormone before conception! You can read more about thyroid conditions HERE.