Fertility & Pregnancy Support and Planning with our Sunshine Coast Naturopath Team
Prepare you and your partner for a healthy fertility & pregnancy, from preconception through postnatal and beyond.
Fertility for the potential mother
- Regulate the menstrual cycle
- Increase egg quality and health
- Balance oestrogen and progesterone levels
- Produce healthy follicles
- Increase blood flow and strengthen the uterus
- Aid embryo implantation
- Decreases and prevent miscarriage
- General health and wellbeing for mother and baby
Fertility for the potential father
- mproves quality, quantity and motility to produce robust and healthy sperm.
- Impotence & performance.
- morning sickness
- elevated blood pressure
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- pelvic pain
- joint pains
- breech presentation
- lactation issues
- joint pain
- abdominal pain
- excessive bleeding
Pregnancy can be a complex topic as there are so many different factors that contribute to difficulty in falling pregnant, the development of the foetus as well as reasons for miscarriage.
If you are trying to conceive, the number one thing you should consider is you and your partner’s overall health as well as lifestyle.
There are certain nutrients that are essential for fertility and a healthy, problem free pregnancy.
The best way to make sure you are getting all of these essential nutrients is to eat a diet with a range of unprocessed food and this applies to both the man and the woman. Our Practitioners would focus on creation of a sensible, wholefood approach meal plan.
Some areas we would consider looking into if you are having problems conceiving would be: Thyroid and adrenal health, hormonal imbalance, genetic mutations, nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, high inflammation and oxidative stress and psychological stress.
Hormonal balance is essential for fertility and one of the things that determines whether your hormones are balanced or a complete mess, is your adrenals. When you are constantly stressed, your adrenal glands release cortisol and adrenalin for a prolonged amount of time which inhibits the release of progesterone and increases prolactin. There needs to be a healthy ratio of high progesterone and low prolactin for optimal fertility and stress can turn this ratio around the wrong way! Progesterone is needed for a healthy uterine lining to nurture the egg, as well as maintaining healthy mucous which the sperm needs for fertilisation.
Prolactin should remain low in a woman until she is pregnant, when it will then increase significantly. If her prolactin is not low this will cause her problems getting pregnant as it will decrease her progesterone levels. If this is the case she may have a luteal phase defeat, meaning the lining of the womb cannot sustain a pregnancy, causing miscarriage.
Hypothyroidism is becoming an increasingly common problem among women, most likely due to iodine and other mineral deficiencies which are needed to produce thyroid hormone. In the first trimester of pregnancy the baby is dependant on thyroid hormone from the mother for brain and nervous system development. During pregnancy the mother needs to make a lot more thyroid hormone to share with her baby. Many women are struggling to produce enough thyroid hormone for themselves, let alone to share.
There is a link between an mthfr gene mutation and recurrent miscarriages as well as low birth weight and premature births. This gene is needed for detoxification, hormone production and immune system function, just to name a few. Mthfr mutation impairs the utilization of folic acid which is vital for the babies development and to prevent miscarriage. With the combination of low folic acid and compromised detoxification, the person is more prone to health problems including inflammation, infertility, blood clots and fibromyalgia.
After you are given a prescription to treat the cause of your fertility problems, your Doctor or Naturopath may encourage you to wait a minimum of 3 months before trying to conceive. This is because even though sperm are being produced constantly by the male, they are initially weak and actually take at least 3 months to mature properly. This also means that if the man has been smoking, drinking or has had a bad diet or lifestyle in the past 2 months his sperm can be affected.
There are so so many different ways to treat fertility problems and this is where you may want to leave it to someone else to do the hard thinking. Your Naturopath can assess you and your partner’s history and prescribe according to your needs. As well as being so many different supplements, don’t forget there are so many different herbs that can also help with hormone balancing, stress relief, thyroid and overall fertility health.
Our Naturopaths goal it to restores balance, create optimal general health and wellbeing, which gives you an optimal environment for reproductive capabilities for a healthy, happy pregnancy and baby.