The concept of fertility is very different for each and every person, but more and more women are finding that simply removing contraception from their life, is not producing the desired pregnancy they were hoping for, or in some cases you just want to be extra prepared for the journey ahead. Not only women, but men are also struggling from the usual suspects of diet, lifestyle and most importantly stress, so if we can put the best possible steps in place, we’re giving our bodies the best possible chance of conception.
What exactly is fertility nutrition?
Fertility nutrition is the science-driven focus on the nutrients and lifestyle practices that are going to give you the best chance at conception and a healthy pregnancy. With a focus on whole foods that nourish the gut, produce and balance the right hormones, create good quality sperm and eggs, nourish a growing fetus, produce required blood stores and much more.
When we’re busy or stressed, we often forget that everything we expect our body to do, really does come from the type of food we’re consuming. Everything we want out of our body must come from the gut. This is especially true when trying to make a small human.
Sperm production and quality for instance is driven by the correct nutrients, low stress, optimal male hormones, avoiding chemical toxicity, and weight management. All these factors directly or indirectly involve good quality food – with both positive and negative influences.
For women, we need to make our hormones through fat and protein predominantly and then ensure they’re acting correctly by eating, breaking down and absorbing the optimum nutrients. It’s then about managing stress to encourage the correct hormone profile, and it’s about lifestyle choices that will encourage not just healthy children, but a healthy pregnancy for you too.
How do I tailor fertility nutrition consultations and plans?
My approach is much more than food. I work with you to tailor a fertility program that will encompass a range of lifestyle changes. Included can be anything from movement and exercise techniques, alternative and natural medicines if/where required, specialist appointments with key health practitioners who all specialise in fertility, and specific dietary guidelines to build a foundation that will give your body the best shot at achieving what can really only be described as a miracle.
If you want to touch base with me first then email me via the contact page and we can discuss what your options are. I cater to your individual situation and can work with you if you’re going through IVF, other medical fertility procedures, or if you don’t want to yet go down that path.
There is no one size fits all approach to fertility and there are no guarantees, but I am passionately driven to giving you the education and tools to help you be in the healthiest position for whatever journey you’re on. Sometimes you simply need to cut through the confusing information and have something designed just for you.
Is fertility nutrition and support for me?
Whether you have been trying for a few months, are going through IVF treatment, already have children but are struggling for your next one, or simply want to know where you stand, I ensure you know the facts about your general health, hormonal health, how to prepare your body in the most nourishing way possible, and offer practical guidance where necessary. You may already be pregnant but are finding the contradicting information out there confusing and just want to know what’s right for you.
I work with PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, recurrent miscarriages, general fertility concerns, appropriate weight gain for pre-conception, general men’s health for fertility, post-hormonal contraception cycle regulation, general women’s health for fertility, pregnancy nutrition, post-natal recovery and early childhood nutrition. I do this with a food first, supplements second, lifestyle combined approach.
We haven’t started trying so when should we come see you?
It takes roughly 3 months to create the egg and sperm that once fertilised will then take 9 months to create a baby, so the best time to see me is at least 3 months before you’ll start trying. If you’re coming off the OCP or Mirena then ideally you want 3-6 months minimum to ensure we treat the nutrient deficiencies caused and address any post-pill symptoms prior to trying for your family.