Introduction to Dr Lynn Burmeister

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Dr Lynn Burmeister

Introduction to Dr Lynn Burmeister

Hello and welcome,

My name is Dr Lynn Burmeister and I am a fertility specialist with over 20 years’ experience in helping families have babies and helping women preserve their fertility.

I helped Sonia achieve her pregnancy that resulted in her beautiful daughter Maggie after a very long journey of disappointment and pregnancy losses. Sonia was and is a very healthy person so it was not her health that was stopping her to achieve a pregnancy it was her age.

Women are typically born with 1 to 2 million eggs and by the time we reach puberty we have approximately 400,000 left. At 30 you have only 10 percent of your eggs left so you really do need to take care of them and your future. By the time you reach 40 you have only a 4 per cent chance a month of achieving an ongoing pregnancy.

Your eggs are very precious and need looking after. When you turn 30 your eggs decline in quantity and quality more rapidly then in your 20s. Exposure to pollutants such as smoking, illicit drugs, pesticides and environmental pollutants such as plastics and a diet full of AGES (advanced glycation end products) can damage the quality and quantity of your eggs.

These are the facts:

• You are born with your lifetime supply of eggs. The number of eggs are affected by your mothers’ lifestyle and genetics and then ultimately by your lifestyle.

• It takes 90 days to recruit and mature an egg so what you do preceding starting to conceive really does matter.

• The health of your egg affects your chance of conception and the health of your baby.

• Smoking lowers your egg numbers and damages their quality. Smoking affects the health of your unborn child and can even lower the number of eggs they are born with if the
mother smokes during pregnancy. Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, high blood pressure and preterm delivery and increases the risk of childhood illnesses.

• Alcohol also lowers your egg bank and damages quality. Like smoking it can increase your risk of cancer and damage to your child if you drink during pregnancy.

• Illicit drugs can affect your egg quality and quantity and have detrimental affects on your baby.

• Pesticides – we are exposed to pesticides very frequently and an organic diet is the best. If this is not possible then try and stay away from non-organic foods that absorb pesticides such as the “dirty dozen” - strawberries, celery, spinach, apples, nectarines, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. These foods can absorb
pesticides and the pesticides penetrate through the skin easily into the body of the fruit/vegetable.

• The “clean” 15 foods are foods that can be pealed and hence the pesticides are less likely to penetrate their skin such as bananas, avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbages,
onions, sweet peas, mangos, eggplants, honeydews, kiwis, cantaloupes, papayas, broccoli and cauliflower and asparagus.

• AGES food are foods that have undergone advanced glycation end products due to cooking by grilling, roasting, frying, searing and broiling and they are known to age your cells by increasing oxidative stress and inflammation. Animal-derived foods are high in fat and protein and are AGE rich and prone to new AGE formation when cooked. You can
reduce AGE food consumption by eating a diet high in legumes, vegetables, low fat dairy products, fruits and whole grains.

• BPA – Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s and is a hormone disrupter. They are use in plastic
bottles/containers/ make-up containers and to line tin food cans. BPA have been called endocrine disruptors as they are linked to infertility and miscarriages and increase
female and male infertility.

• Healthy weight can increase your chance of having a baby. Being overweight or underweight has been shown to affect your fertility and egg quality. Obesity causes oxidative stress
and free radical release that will ultimately affect your egg quality and ovulation and chances to conceive.

To preserve the health of your eggs a nutritional diet and exercise programme are important that’s why Strictly You is a great way to look after you and the future you it is filled with
healthy nutritional facts and recipes and fun exercise dance routines that are geared to making your body fertility fit so when the time comes to have a baby your journey will be much easier.


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