Amazing the species survived really

Women who are hoping to conceive should go on a diet years before, new research suggests.

Writing in The Lancet, medics said the vast majority of women of reproductive age were not nutritionally prepared for pregnancy – putting the long-term health of their children at risk.

Those thinking about starting a family are often advised to make lifestyle changes, such as cutting out alcohol, and taking dietary supplements, around three months before attempting to conceive.

But the experts said one of the most crucial factors was for women to be a healthy weight before conception – often meaning diet and lifestyle overhauls need to start years earlier.

What these fools are doing of course is confusing the perfect and the good. If it were actually necessary to be perfectly nourished before conceiving there wouldn’t be any of us here.

15 comments on “Amazing the species survived really

  1. The secret to getting pregnant is to shag regularly from the age of 18 onwards.

    The secret of getting regularly shagged usually involves the consumption of alcohol, in my limited experience anyway.

    These fuckers make it sound like a medical procedure.

    Perhaps it should be available on the NHS?

  2. The secret of getting regularly shagged usually involves the consumption of alcohol

    It also involves not being a yard wide, hence the advice.

  3. I read somewhere, many years ago, that thin women – that is, really thin women – conceive more readily than plump women.
    Even during WW2, women on starvation rations still conceived. It was postulated that on a deep psychological level, nature thinks survival of children is doubtful, so best have more.
    In prosperous times, indicated by rising plumpness, the reverse applies.
    Reproduction is not just a medical matter. After a war, more children are born – and more male children are born as a proportion. (This was documented in Israel in 1974, after the Yom Kippour war.)

  4. Maritime Barbarian – “I read somewhere, many years ago, that thin women – that is, really thin women – conceive more readily than plump women.”

    Really thin women stop menstruating. They also stop desiring sex a long time before that. Really thin women do not have more children as far as I can see.

    “It was postulated that on a deep psychological level, nature thinks survival of children is doubtful, so best have more. In prosperous times, indicated by rising plumpness, the reverse applies.”

    This is just r and K models. If death is near by, you have a lot of children with little parental involvement. If your children have a reasonable chance to survive, you think about the long term and have few. Fish spawn hundreds of thousands of eggs. Humans do not go very far down this route even when times are bad.

  5. I am fine with this research. Especially if the authors follow it and perhaps wait many many years before having children.

    The slow version of the darwin award.

  6. ‘confusing the perfect and the good’

    Yes, speaking of the ideal as necessary.

    And speaking of getting pregnant as something hard to do. It ain’t. The art is in keeping from getting pregnant.

  7. Gamecock – “The art is in keeping from getting pregnant.”

    Only if you do it right. As in:

    Women who are hoping to conceive should go on a diet years before, new research suggests.

    I would suggest that is good advice because a significant percentage of the young working class women I see – of all colours but especially our more vibrant brethren – are so fat I find it hard to believe that penetration could take place. Or at least someone might easily mistake a hefty roll of fat for something else.

  8. It’s coming to be treated as requiring medical intervention before it’s happened.
    I knew a rather naive girl who got married and after a few months she began to feel sick in the mornings. My wife asked, “Are you pregnant, then?”
    She answered: “No, I can’t be pregnant. I haven’t taken any folic acid at all.”

  9. Elsewhere:

    Theresa May apologises for anything any British person has ever done which might have upset anyone, anywhere even if they didn’t mean it.

    “We’re so sorry”, she said, “please like me”.

  10. I refer the court to pp 95-6 of the excellent “Doctoring Data” by Dr Malcolm Kendrick, wherein he points to the medical advice that women restrict their weight gain in pregnancy to 20 lb.

    As expected this reduced their rates of hypertension and eclampsia. Hurray! Alas, it also turned out to increase the rates of morbidity and mortality of the babies they were carrying. That advice is no longer offered to pregnant women.

    Conclusion: doctors, eh?

  11. @ Andrew C

    Theresa May is the answer!

    We now anticipate a long & laborious search for the question.

  12. As massive pregnancy weight gain is a relatively new phenomenon I suspect the cause of mortality is something other than remaining at a reasonable weight.

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