Whether you’re planning, preparing, practicing or already pregnant, your health is vital to ensuring the wellbeing of your unborn child.
- Are you thinking about having a baby and would like to address your health and wellness prior to pregnancy?
- Have you been trying to have a baby but not falling pregnant?
- Are you wondering if it is you or your partner that has problems?
- Have you been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis or uterine fibroids and would like to start a family?
- Is your menstruation irregular or absent?
- Have you had a sexually-transmitted disease? Are you worried this could be causing infertility?
- Do you have thyroid disease, diabetes, depression or other chronic health problems that may make it difficult to conceive?
Ideally, you should begin a treatment plan a minimum of 6 months prior to conception. This is the ideal length of time to rid the body of toxins and increase nutrient levels for optimal sperm production, ovulation and conception. To optimize chance of conception pre-conception care should be undertaken by both the male and female.
It is advisable to have complete health check at the beginning of the pre-conception care time to identify anything that may be amiss, including dental checks. If you require dental work other than regular dental hygiene treatment, it is much better to do this some months prior to conception.
Treatment for general pre-conception includes:
- Increasing general health
- Reducing stressful lifestyles
- Addressing specific nutrient needs for pregnancy for males and females
- Reducing toxin levels and exposure
- Reducing chronic disease if present
Organic meat, fruits and vegetables, though disputed to increase nutrient levels more than non-organic, do decrease levels of toxins entering the body.
Pre-conception appointments are available as a combined appointment to reduce costs.
One in seven couples experience the stress and heartache of infertility today, with 35-40% of cases related to the problems with sperm production, count or motility/mobility. Infertility can have male or female causes, with general lifestyle risk factors pertaining to both males and females include:
- Cigarette smoking
- Recreational drug taking
- High caffeine intake
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Body composition – BMI etc
- High sugar intake
- Work – increased infertility rates now emerging in the mining industry and shiftworkers
Read more about male infertility here.
Salivary hormone testing may show hormone discrepancies more definitively than blood testing in relation to infertility.
Other areas that benefit from testing include:
- Toxin exposure
- Nutrient levels
- Liver function
- Ovulation tracking
- Steroid hormone levels
- Uterine environment – structure, infection and immune factors
Specific measures are added if infertility is present when a couple has been unable to conceive following 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse.
Herbs that may be useful include Tribulus terrestris and Vitex agnus-castus, to normalize and optimize hormone levels. There are many other herbs available to normalize hormones and sperm production as well as to decrease associated stress.
Congratulations, you’ve conceived and are now on your way to parenthood! Having regular assessments can help to increase your wellness and vitality throughout your pregnancy. Specific nutrients and some herbs can be advised for specific problems.
Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience for many women, but it is quite common to struggle with a number of complaints, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bleeding gums
- Stretch marks
- Lower back pain
- High blood pressure
- Gestational diabetes
- Varicose veins
Many of these symptoms can be improved using natural remedies, supplements and slight changes to your diet and lifestyle. To find out more, please call or email us.
We can also help you answer any questions you may have about your wellbeing during pregnancy, including:
- Would your baby benefit from you taking probiotics during pregnancy?
- Which nutrients will help you increase the likelihood of successful breastfeeding after the birth of your baby?
- Would you like to know which nutrients can help you through the first overwhelming weeks of parenthood?
There is also growing evidence of the benefit of iron, magnesium and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats during pregnancy and breastfeeding for ideal brain development for babies.
Have you read the research on Raspberry Leaf tea? This potent herb can help you during labour if taking the correct dosage during the last trimester of pregnancy.
Now is also a good time to investigate different natural birthing options including hypnobirthing, having a ‘Doula’ present at the birth, water birth, homeopathy, meditation etc.
To partner with us to create a wellbeing treatment plan for your pre-conception and pregnancy life phases, please contact us here.