Natural Fertility

“Preconception is the ultimate form of preventative medicine. It’s making the conscious decision to enhance the health of you and your growing baby and truly giving your child the best possible start in life.”

– Anonymous

 

Before, Birth & Beyond

If you’re thinking about having a baby now or further in the future, it’s not too early to start preparing for a safe pregnancy and healthy baby.

Research is emerging that what happens in the first nine months may influence your child’s health for the rest of its life. Foetal exposure to stress, toxins, under nutrition and obesity has been shown to play a role in the development of many chronic diseases. Being prepared and ensuring you and your partner are in the best health possible, can positively influence your child’s health and quality of life for years to come.

 

What does natural fertility treat?

Natural fertility focuses on correcting the underlying causes of any fertility issues and creating the healthiest possible environment in which your baby will grow and develop.

Areas of treatment include:

Women

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cyst
  • PCOS
  • Fibroids
  • Irregular cycles
  • Hostile mucus
  • Candida/ thrush
  • Poor egg quality
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Miscarriage
  • Miscarriage antibodies
  • Stress
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

            Men

  • Poor sperm morphology (size and shape)
  • Low sperm count
  • Low sperm motility (movement)
  • Prostatitis
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Sperm antibodies
  • Stress

Do both partners have to be involved?

Yes conception involves both the male and female partners equally.
As couples prepare for pregnancy, the spot light often falls on the mother to be. However development of healthy sperm from men isn’t only important because it delivers half of the genetic materials to form the baby; it also plays an important role in successful fertilisation and pregnancy outcomes. Therefore it’s so important that both you and your partner are at your healthiest and are producing healthy sperms and eggs at the time of conception to give your child the best possible start at life.

 

Is Natural Fertility management only suitable for those with fertility issues?

Not at all, Natural Fertility is excellent for anyone considering a pregnancy. It’s beneficial as many healthy couples recognise that boosting their health is going to have long term health benefits for their children and themselves. Many couples with no difficulty conceiving come to optimise their health which not only improves their own overall health but ensures a trouble free pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding experience that ultimately gives their child the healthiest start at life.

 

How do I know if I may need help conceiving?

If you haven’t achieved a pregnancy after 12 months (or six months if you are over 35 years) of unprotected intercourse, you should seek medical advice from your healthcare practitioner.

 

What if there is ‘no reason’ for my infertility?

The causes of infertility in men and women are many, everything from hormonal disturbances, autoimmune diseases, congenital abnormalities, infection and oxidative stress.

We will investigate to uncover and treat:

  • Infections not typically tested for in fertility
  • Other health issues which may indirectly affect fertility (in either partner)
  • Nutritional deficiencies that are not medically tested
  • Auto-immune antibodies
  • Heavy metal and chemical toxicity

 

But I already eat a healthy diet… now what?

The vast majority of Australians have an inadequate supply of dietary vitamins and minerals.

Unfortunately these days a healthy diet may be inadequate as the nutrient content of food is affected by farming methods, modern processing and refinement of foods. Along with that, factors that increase the excretion and utilisation of nutrients such as alcohol, medications, the use of tobacco, high levels of stress, being on the oral contraceptive pill and other drugs also rob the body of vital nutrients. Older couples may also require an increase in nutrients as their nutrient stores may be depleted and they have been exposed to lifestyle and environmental factors for a longer period of time.

Research now shows the importance of good nutrition during the preconception period. However studies have shown that the majority of Australians and New Zealanders don’t receive their Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for many important nutrients. This, coupled with the increased nutritional demands during pregnancy (increased by 15-20%), makes taking a specific high quality nutrient supplement a valuable recommendation for preconception and pregnancy care.

 

What about supplements?

Supplements are used with a specific intention – to correct imbalance and nourish the body. However not all supplements are equal, in both quality & strength and they don’t take the place of a healthy diet.

Given that there’s so much information out there on the different supplements you should take, it’s important to understand that there’s a time and place for supplements provided they’re used at the right circumstances, the right time frame, the right dose and their effects are monitored.

With the increased nutritional demands during pregnancy, rather than grabbing the cheapest formula from the local supermarket shelf, it’s important to ask a practitioner to recommend a comprehensive high quality formula to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need at the correct dose required to grow a healthy baby or assist with conception.

 

“The best way to keep your baby healthy is to keep yourself healthy”

 

What is preconception care?

Preconception care refers to optimising your health and addressing health issues before you become pregnant in order to keep you, your partner and your baby as healthy as possible.

It involves:

  • A preparation period of ideally four months as it takes around 110 to 120 days for sperm and ova to develop and mature
  • Optimizing the health and environment of both you and your partner in order for your baby to be conceived and to grow in a clean, unpolluted and nutritionally rich environment
  • Ensuring that anything that could be harmful or in any way detrimental, such as environmental toxins and stressors, aren’t present and well cleared from your body prior to a conception attempt

 

Why should I do preconception care? What are the benefits?

Prior to conception you’re laying the foundations for your baby’s growth, health and development. So what you were eating or doing 3-4 months prior will impact the quality of your eggs & sperms and ultimately the baby’s health.

Medical research shows beneficial effects of preconception care beyond just the pregnancy and birth but also shows a significant effect on future generations. It not only increases your chances of becoming pregnant when you are ready but you’ll also be reducing the risk of miscarriage, pregnancy complications and passing on the predisposition to any allergy, familial health issues, developmental or learning difficulties.

Here are the wonderful benefits of preconception care:

  For Women

  • Balances hormone levels
  • Regulates ovulation
  • Improves health of ovaries and egg
  • Reduces endometriosis and improves uterine health
  • Reduces polycystic ovaries and management of insulin resistance
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hidden infections in the reproductive tract
  • Treats Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Enhances quality and quantity of fertile mucous
  • Reduces hostile mucus
  • Reduces miscarriage antibodies and sperm antibodies

         For Men

  • Improves  health and quality of sperm, sperm count &  sperm motility
  • Balances hormone levels and boost testosterone
  • Reduces sperm antibodies
  • Management of varicoceles &  improvement in circulation and health of testes
  • Improves health of prostate and quality of seminal fluid
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hidden infections in the reproductive tract

For Pregnancy & Birth

  • Normal, healthy, full term pregnancy
  • Short and straight forward labour

– With reduced risk of post-partum haemorrhage & postnatal depression

  • Reduced complications

E.g. morning sickness, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, constipation, heart burn, stretch  marks, poor memory, mood swings, hair loss, skin pigmentation, bleeding gums, fatigue, susceptibility to infection such as thrush

  • Successful breast feeding. Good quantity and nutrient quality of breast milk.

– Reduce incidence of mastitis & cracked nipples

  • Reduced incidence of more severe complications

E.g. preterm birth, hyperemesis, gestational diabetes, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes

       For baby

  • Enhanced physical and mental health
  • Reduced incidence of:
    • Learning and behavioural disorders or delays later in childhood
    • Allergies e.g asthma, eczema, food allergies
    • Poor immune system
    • SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
    • Congenital defects
    • Excessive crying
    • Colic
    • Nappy rash & thrush
    • Teething problems

How can a naturopath help?

With the help of a naturopath, you’ll receive:

  • Guidance on appropriate dietary, lifestyle and supplement recommendations that will increase your chances of conceiving. Additionally  maintaining the health of both parents, as well as your baby throughout pregnancy and beyond
  • Support for overcoming health obstacles and nutritional factors that may be affecting your ability to achieve a timely conception and a healthy pregnancy
  • Peace of mind as you are ensuring that you and your baby are reaching your full potential through optimal health

                It’s never too early to start making changes today!

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