At Kindara, we’re always looking for useful new products that have the potential to make women’s lives easier and help them meet their fertility goals. Recently we discovered PregPrep, a company that aims to provide safe, natural, and effective products based in medical research that help prepare a woman’s body for conception and pregnancy. PregPrep’s first product, the Make That Baby Kit, offers a targeted approach to pregnancy support for women who are trying to conceive.
To learn more about PregPrep and gain a better understanding of how the Make That Baby kit can optimize a woman’s chances of conceiving, we interviewed Marjorie Jaffe Goldner, the co-founder of PregPrep. Read what Marjorie had to say below:
What inspired you to create PregPrep?
Marjorie: We launched PregPrep to help all women who are ready to get pregnant.
My partner (and sister in law), Dr. Lara Oboler, who is an interventional cardiologist, conceived the idea for PregPrep when she was trying to get pregnant with her first child. In her mid-thirties at that time and eager to start a family, Lara’s eagerness turned into great impatience as the months flew by and nothing was happening.
But, while researching ways to conceive naturally and quickly, she had her “aha” moment.
Lara read about mucolytics, compounds commonly found in cold and cough medicines to thin out mucus in the lungs. Her research suggested that mucolytics might also help thin out cervical mucus, allowing sperm to travel more easily to the egg.
She tried her theory on herself and was pregnant the first month she tried. To her surprise, and on further investigation, she discovered that OB/GYNs and fertility specialists often recommend mucolytics as a conception aid.
Lara then realized that she wanted all women trying to conceive to know about this natural, easy, and safe alternative to help speed along the pregnancy journey. And, as we learned doing research, healthy women in their twenties have just a 20-25% chance of conceiving each month. After age thirty that statistic drops down to 15%, and once you pass forty, chances are only 5% per month. We wanted to help women boost their conception odds each month.
So Lara and I decided to team up (I have a marketing background) and create PregPrep, a company dedicated to helping women with their pregnancy journey. We did years of research and consulted with top OB/GYNs before developing a trio of products including FertilPrep, a mucolytic derived from a naturally occurring amino acid that is also a potent antioxidant (unlike the compounds used in cough syrups). We have brought to all women – regardless of their age or stage of their conception journey – the products we couldn’t find when we were trying to have babies.
How can PregPrep's Natural Conception kit help a woman to get pregnant?
Marjorie: PregPrep is one of the first natural, therapeutic, over-the-counter products available for women. We have taken the guess work out of pre-conception vitamins by packaging all the essential nutrients and vitamins a woman needs in one simple, easy to use kit. Our three products work together to optimize a woman’s chances of conceiving and prime her body for pregnancy:
Our FertilPrep contains NAC (N-acetyl Cysteine). NAC is a natural mucolytic that dissolves viscous mucus and thins mucus secretions. Thin cervical mucus significantly eases sperm transport, which may help facilitate fertilization. NAC is also a naturally-occurring antioxidant that reduces levels of free radicals in the body. PregPrep’s FertilPrep contains the most optimal dosages of NAC in a multi-ingredient fertility supplement available. FertilPrep is also fortified with a select blend of natural derivatives (including Chaste Berry Extract and Evening Primrose Oil) that offer further support to the quality of cervical mucus, fight free radical damage and support hormonal health.
Our prenatal vitamin (VitaMelt) contains folic acid, an absolutely essential supplement for any woman trying to conceive. Studies have shown that adequate folic acid intake may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect. Our VitaMelts also include Vitamin D and B12, both of which are designed to support normal ovulation. They are streamlined for only pre-conception and do not make you sick or constipated.
The beneficial effects of aromatherapy have been studied and noted by many in the field of human health. Essential oils have been shown to have a calming, yet revitalizing influence that may improve the functioning of the reproductive system by acting on the hypothalamus and autonomic nervous system. Our Essential Balance Oil decreases stress. We recommend the use of this therapeutic oil as a prelude to the most crucial step on the path to conception: having sex.
Who should use PregPrep?
Marjorie: We believe that any woman trying to get pregnant should use PregPrep. We have done the research and taken the guesswork out of pre-conception vitamins for all 6 million women trying to conceive and put together a program that includes all the essential nutrients she – and her baby – need to start their pregnancy journey in a safe, healthy way. And, with PregPrep’s FertilPrep, she might just get pregnant more quickly!
Is there anyone who shouldn't use PregPrep?
Marjorie: We suggest that if a woman has been trying for 6 months and is not pregnant, she should consult with her OB/GYN. And, any woman with a pre-existing medical condition should consult with her doctor before taking our products.
Other than using the Make That Baby kit, do you have any advice for women trying to get pregnant?
Marjorie: Try to have sex on the 5 days leading up to ovulation. Sperm live for 3-5 days, and the egg only lives for a day. So the sperm need to be waiting for the egg to drop.
Avoid using lubricants during sex, as most are not friendly to sperm (Note from Kindara: Or try ToConceive, a sperm-friendly lubricant that can increase your chances of conception).
Get your partner to up his zinc intake and make sure he keeps his important parts cool and loose to ensure a high sperm count. (No hot tubs, and choose boxers over briefs.)
Keep your body healthy, your mind calm, and have fun! This is a wonderful time in women’s lives and it’s best approached with joy and excitement.
Marjorie Jaffe Goldner (left) and Dr. Lara Oboler, sisters and co-founders of PregPrep