Conception

Pin pointing your most fertile days

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

Most of us are aware of the ‘normal’ menstrual cycle,  28 – 30 days with ovulation occurring around day 14. What you may or may not know is that most of us don’t run like clockwork! You can ovulate anywhere from day 9 to day 28. You can even have a regular menstrual cycle yet not ovulate at all. Once released at ovulation, an egg will be viable for 24 hours so knowing when this is greatly increases your chances of conception. Sperm need to be present within your reproductive system during this tiny 24-hour window for conception to occur.  Sperm live a little longer than our eggs and can stay viable in our system for between 3 – 5 days so your most fertile days fall 3 days before and on the day of ovulation. So how do you know when or even if you are ovulating? Find out more in my article on the Mouth of Mum’s website...

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Guided relaxation and mind-body techniques to help enhance chances of conception

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

In our busy lives often juggling home and work pressures we can spend more and more time in the ‘fight or flight’ mode of being.  This means our circulation and energy is being directed to our brain and muscles and away from our non-essential organs like reproduction.  Imagine that!  There is less blood flow and therefore less oxygen and essential nutrients to our reproductive organs.  For a woman this may translate to less than optimal development of endometrium, follicles and eggs and it may even hamper ovulation.  The effects of stress on the regulation of our hormones, blood sugar and adrenal functions are well established and this means that our reproduction is compromised. A study of women who had been trying to conceive for 1 – 2 years showed that women who participated in mind-body therapy had a 42% incidence of spontaneous conception compared to only 11 – 20% without. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10731544) Stress is so common and feels like such an everyday part of life that knowing its impacts can feel scary – especially when you are trying to conceive, and don’t know what to do about it.  Stress is something we can definitely have control over and we can implement tools to help us manage it more effectively.  The mind-body connection can be a key to unlocking fertility as well as improving mood, immune function and general wellbeing. By guest author – Gina Fox, Naturopath Gina Fox is a qualified as a Naturopath with over 11 years experience in practice and a personal interest in the area of fertility which led her to further studies where she gained an Advanced Certificate in Natural Fertility Management and she also completed the respected Natural Fertility course with midwife Kerry Hampton.   Gina is currently undertaking a post graduate Masters in Reproductive Medicine with UNSW and continues professional development through regular attendance at medical, nutritional and herbal seminars to keep up to date with the latest research available in women’s health and fertility.  She also supervises naturopathic students at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine and among other current writing projects, has contributed to the 3rd edition of a leading evidence based text book on herbs and supplements.  Gina is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Foresight Association & Fertility Society of Australia. With her years of experience in fertility treatment, Gina has been instrumental in developing the ‘Be Fertile – Guided relaxations for your natural...

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What you eat before you conceive can impact your child’s health

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

New research shows that what women eat before they conceive can impact the short and long term health of her child.  Consumption of important nutrients prior to conception appears to impact gene activation, affecting how and when certain genes become active.  Research has shown that this activation or deactivation may impact the long term health of the child and their pre disposition to certain diseases.  The nutrients found to be critical to this process are folate, B2, B6, B12 and choline (as found in Zycia Natal Nutrients). This latest research forms part of a body or research which points to a child’s health being genetically programmed early in life, both in the womb and even prior to conception.  Researcher Andrew Prentice, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: ‘The key message is that a mother’s nutrition before she becomes pregnant is super-critical.”   Read...

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Top tips to improve your chances of conception

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Conception | 0 comments

Top tips to improve your chances of conception

There are many factors involved in conception and the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy however the health of your body and your physical well-being are among the most important. For conception to occur, your body needs to be in a position where it can not only support your own health but also nurture a new life. To optimise your chances of conception you should start preparing your baby’s new home before it arrives!   We often spend months preparing and decorating the baby nursery in time for the new arrival, but the most important nursery your baby will ever have, is the one inside you.  A healthy diet supplemented with essential nutrients will not only support a healthy conception but help ensure plenty of nourishment is immediately available to nurture the new arrival during those vital first weeks.  Combined with the following lifestyle facots, you’ll be well on your way to optimising you chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby. Decrease Stress Stress has a huge impact on your ability to conceive. High stress levels can interfere with proper hormone function and affect ovulation. A certain level of stress is a part of daily life, but when trying to conceive it’s important to reduce the impact of high level stressors either by removing the source of the stress or finding ways to better deal with it, such as yoga, meditation and most importantly open channels of communication. Don’t bottle up your emotions. If negative emotions aren’t dealt with and let go, the negative energy they generate will be reflected internally. Manage your weight Being either underweight or overweight will affect your fertility. Being underweight can not only impair your ability to conceive but can affect the proper nourishment and development of your growing child. Being overweight can also delay conception as well as increasing the chances of pregnancy complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Keep your weight within a healthy range by exercising and eating well. If you aren’t at a healthy weight, now is the time to seek advice on how to help lose or gain weight so your body is ready to support new life. Chart your cycles Get to know your body. Tune in to the unique rhythm of your cycles. All of us have our own individual pattern when it comes to our menstrual cycles. For some, the pattern is that there’s no pattern at all! Whatever the case may be for you, tuning in to your body and learning when ovulation is occurring, will enable you to accurately pin point your unique fertile days. Our Personal Ovulation Chart or our unique FREE Ovulation iPhone Application can help you chart your cycles so you can learn to anticipate your most fertile days. This will not only increase your chances of conception but can also reduce the stress which can be associated with trying to conceive. By knowing you fertile days ahead of time you can plan that romantic night out or cosy evening in. This will help make conception the enjoyable experience that it should be. Stop Smoking Women have a 40% lower chance of getting pregnant if they smoke, according to a report published by the British Medical Association (BMA). The report also showed that smoking and passive smoking was also responsible for up to 5,000 miscarriages and 120,000 cases of male impotence in men aged between 30 and 50 every year. Therefore it’s highly recommended to quit smoking before trying to conceive. Reduce Caffeine Both caffeine and alcohol can impair chances of conception. A recent study showed that women who drink...

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Ensure Proper Nourishment

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Conception | 0 comments

Ensuring a good balance of all your important nutrients is vital for a healthy conception. The first 4 weeks of pregnancy are also among the most important nutritionally, as this is when the neural tube develops and closes impacting the development of neural tube defects. As many women are unaware they are pregnant during these first 4 weeks, optimising your levels of these important nutrients prior to conception is extremely important. Nutrients such as zinc, can affect hormone levels and ovulation. A good supply of antioxidants are important to reduce the impact of oxidative stress and help improve the quality of your eggs. Adequate folate and choline vital prior to conception and in the first 4 weeks of pregnancy to help support proper neural tube development and prevent neural tube defects. Vitamin D can impact healthy bone development and iron, biotin, B6 and B12 are essential for the production of DNA for growth and development. Folate Healthy folate levels can help improve fertility and have been associated with a higher chance of conceiving naturally or through IVF. Folate is particularly important during the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, as this is when the neural tube, which connects the brain and spinal cord, develops and closes. This process relies heavily on adequate folate for proper development. Deficiency of this important nutrient at this stage of pregnancy results in a greatly increased risk of neural tube defects. As many women are unaware they are pregnant within the first 4 weeks, it’s vital to ensure healthy folate levels prior to conception. However, a recent Canadian study showed that 40% of women of reproductive age are still not achieving sufficient systemic levels of folate to prevent neural tube defects. The terms folic acid and folate are often used interchangeably, however folate is the nutrient utilized by the body and folic acid is the synthetic supplemental form of folate. New research shows that calcium folinate, quickly converts to ‘active’ folate in the body and therefore increases plasma folate more effectively. Taking 500mcg of calcium folinate, as found in Zycia Natal Nutrients, one month prior to conception and during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Choline Choline works alongside folate for healthy neural tube closure, therefore it’s vital to ensure optimal levels prior to conception and during pregnancy. Higher dietary choline intake has been associated with a reduction in the risk of having a child with neural tube defects. Choline also plays a critical role in the development of the brain, especially the center influencing memory, and may enhance lifelong learning, attention, concentration and memory function. Australian Guidelines recommend a minimum adequate intake of 440mg for pregnant women. Zinc Zinc supports the health and function of the female reproductive system. It plays an essential role in healthy ovulation and is necessary for fertilisation.  As the egg reaches maturation and prepares to be released during ovulation, major biochemical changes take place to prepare the egg for potential fertilisation.  This process is critically dependent on zinc.  Zinc levels within the egg have been shown to increase by 30 – 50% during this time and overall zinc levels within the body have a significant affect on the egg maturation process impacting fertilisation and embryo development.  Therefore maintaining optimal Zinc levels can help support chances of a healthy conception.  Zinc also supports the absorption of folate. Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is required, alongside folate, in the production of our DNA and is therefore essential to support growth and development during pregnancy. Healthy Vitamin B12 levels can also support fertility and conception and low levels have been...

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