Natural Fertility, IVF & Preconception Care

Give your child the best possible start to life!  What you do in the time leading up to conceiving and being pregnant enhances the foundations you are laying for your babies conception, growth, health and development.  It is never too early to start planning and preparing for pregnancy.

You may just be starting to think about trying for a family.  For others you may have difficulties falling pregnant, have been told you have "unexplained infertility", on the fertility rollercoaster of life revolving around your cycle, hormones and all the joy of baby making has long gone.

Preconception care for both parents can make a profound difference for the establishment of appropriate fertility and pregnancy. It ensures there is an adequate supply of all those factors which are essential to the health of the eggs and sperm, fetal development and an absence of all those things which have been shown to be harmful. In order to achieve this, preventative and curative measures should ideally be in place for at least 3 months prior to conception. This involves minimising toxic exposure, ensuring adequate nutrition status and maximising fertility.

The formation of sperm takes up to 116 days and the ova require 100 days prior to ovulation for maturation

During the preconception time, both are susceptible to damage (e.g. from cigarettes, alcohol, pesticides, radiation, caffeine) and need adequate nutrition to ensure healthy development. Most couples are keen to conceive as quickly as possible, however preconception care ensures all underlying causes are dealt with prior to conception attempts, rather than seeking reasons after problems have occurred.

At Inner Reward, we believe there is always a reason why it is taking so long.  There are many reasons.  From stress, nutritional deficiencies, sperm irregularities to hormones not working as they should.  Couples may even be too tired  and exhausted to even try, the fertility journey so far may be putting added pressure and stress on the relationship, or for the woman, she may feel that her body is failing her and is losing hope that it will ever happen.  There is always a reason.  Let us help you discover what is going on.  It's time to start "Conception Connection".

``When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower`` Alexander den Heijer

Nutritional requirements are high during pregnancy to meet the demands of foetal growth and the health of your pregnancy. However due to the speed of development of the foetus, many important processes occur very early in the pregnancy and are dependant on the existing nutritional and toxicology status of both parents. Foetal development, especially in the first few days, is dependant on the supply of nutrients from the egg and sperm. A number of foetal abnormalities and childhood developmental problems have been found to be related to nutritional deficiencies before and during pregnancy.

Putting in the time and effort can provide outstanding results.  It can also enhance the success rates of assisted reproductive technique procedures if that is were you are at.  We look forward to helping you.

 

Below is a list of some of the questions I get asked the most:

What can I do to help improve my fertility?

There are many things that can negatively affect your fertility.  From nutritional deficiencies, stress, toxicity, hormonal imbalances and poor sperm health.  I encourage you to prepare for pregnancy for at least three months before you start trying.  It takes around this length of time to improve egg and sperm quality as well as addressing any minor or major obstacles getting in your way.

It is also important for your partner to be part of this preconception stage.  I want you to have the best health and fertility possible.  For that to be achieved, I work with both the male and female, otherwise I am just working on female hormone health.  Remember, you are both as equally important in making a new life as well as laying the foundations for the health of your precious baby.  What you put in you will get out.  I am a big believer that it is never to early to start preparing for your healthiest baby possible.


I've tried so many things for this problem, can you help me?

I have seen many health conditions in my 20 years as a Naturopath.  With some patients coming to me as a last resort.  What I suggest is that you book in for a complimentary health discovery session.  You can share with me what your health concerns are, what your ideal health looks like and what you have tried so far.  Over a chat we can work out whether I am the right person to help you achieve your health goals.  If I think someone else would be more appropriate to help you then I would certainly point you in the right direction.  So, for a little bit of your time and at no cost, you have so much to gain and discover.

Do you have another question?

You may have more questions.  I would love to explain things further for you.  Please call 0404 096 801.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Natural Fertility, Preconception Care & IVF Support From a Naturopath in Melbourne

Give your child the best possible start in life! What you do in the time leading up to conceiving and being pregnant strengthens the foundation for your baby's conception, growth, health, and development. It’s never too early to start planning and preparing for pregnancy, whether you’re just starting to consider trying for a family or having difficulties falling pregnant.

Inner Reward offers dedicated preconception care, natural fertility treatments, and IVF treatment support, and our naturopath in Melbourne has over twenty years of experience helping people conceive.

What is Preconception Care, and Why is it Important?

Many vital processes occur very early in pregnancy and depend on parents' existing nutritional and toxicology status. Preconception care happens a few months before you start trying for a baby, and optimising your health can make a profound difference in establishing fertility and pregnancy.

  • Preconception care ensures an adequate supply of essential elements that enhance egg and sperm health and foetal development, such as vitamins, antioxidants, and hormones. During preconception care, parents should refrain from activities, such as drinking alcohol and smoking, that studies have shown to harm fertility.
  • Sperm takes up to 116 days to form, and the ova require 100 days before ovulation for maturation. During the preconception time, both cells are susceptible to damage (from cigarettes, alcohol, pesticides, radiation, or caffeine) and need adequate nutrition for healthy development. You should begin preconception care at least three months before conception, including minimising toxic exposure, ensuring adequate nutrition, and maximising fertility.
  • Most people are keen to conceive as quickly as possible. However, preconception care ensures all underlying causes are dealt with before conception attempts, rather than seeking reasons after problems have occurred.

What Can I Do To Help Improve My Fertility?

At Inner Reward, we believe there is always a reason why it takes so long, and there could be many reasons! The fertility journey often puts pressure and stress on your relationship, or the woman may feel that her body is failing her and lose hope that it will ever happen. Here are three ways to work on fertility and improve your chances of conception:

  • Start preparing for pregnancy in advance. We believe that it’s never too early to start preparing for your healthiest baby possible. Many things can negatively affect your fertility, from nutritional deficiencies, stress, toxicity, hormonal imbalances and poor sperm health. We encourage you to prepare for pregnancy for at least three months before you start trying. It takes time to improve egg and sperm quality and address any minor or major obstacles getting in your way.
  • Both parents must work together. It is so important for your partner to be part of the preconception stage - we want you both to have the best health and fertility possible. To achieve optimal fertility, we work with both males and females. Otherwise, we’re merely working on female hormone health. Remember, you are both equally important in making a new life and laying the foundations for the health of your precious baby. What you put in; you will get out. Inner Reward recognises that couples are not always male and female and we happily support same sex couples during preconception care.
  • Adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle. Nutritional requirements are high during pregnancy to meet the demands of foetal growth and the health of your pregnancy. Foetal development, especially in the first few days, depends on the supply of nutrients from the egg and sperm. Studies have found that many foetal abnormalities and childhood developmental problems are related to nutritional deficiencies before and during pregnancy.

Why See a Naturopath for Pregnancy and Fertility?

If you were told you have "unexplained infertility" and you’re on the fertility rollercoaster of life revolving around your cycle and hormones, all the joy of baby-making often disappears. Visiting a naturopath can help you discover what is going on– perhaps it's time to start "Conception Connection".

  • Naturopathy is a holistic approach. A naturopath focuses on whole-body healing and addresses the underlying causes of health concerns rather than only treating the symptoms. Our natural health expert, Rebecca, has seen many health conditions in her 20 years as a fertility naturopath in Melbourne that traditional healthcare has failed to address. If it feels like you’ve tried everything for fertility with no luck, naturopathy might be for you.
  • Naturopathy is personal. You can share your health concerns, what your ideal health looks like and what you have tried. Over a chat, we can work out whether we are the right people to help you achieve your health goals - if we think someone else would be more appropriate to help you, we will certainly point you in the right direction.

Speak to an Experienced Naturopath About Fertility

Fertility can be unpredictable, and everybody’s journey looks slightly different. It may take some extra time, but with patience and effort, you can achieve outstanding results and bring a healthy baby into the world. Naturopathic preconception care can also enhance the success rates of assisted reproductive technique procedures, such as IVF and ICSI.

We look forward to helping you - you may have many questions, and we would love to explain things further. Get in touch or book an appointment online - We look forward to speaking with you soon!

``When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower`` Alexander den Heijer