Bringing your newborn home, let’s keep it real.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in News/Articles | 1 comment

This past month I have been talking to many mums who are struggling to cope with caring for their newborns. It’s a pretty intense learning curve in the first few months, particularly if it is your first baby. During pregnancy there is lots of accessible, valuable support and advice available from health professionals and your planning will include where you will deliver your baby and your chosen birth plan. A common theme in the feedback from mums is that the birth plan can be the part of the journey that doesn’t quite go to “plan” and may result in some intervention to ensure a healthy baby and mum.  If this is the case it can change your physical ability to manage a new baby when you go home. Speaking with many mums the feedback has a common theme.  It can be the start of an unfamiliar feeling of loss of control and free fall in this new role and journey as a parent. Maternity wards are not conducive to sleep. If you are breastfeeding then you will be feeding every few hours or more around the clock and this may normally take up to an hour each time as your newborn will be sleepy and you are both learning the ropes. Breastfeeding teamwork and getting to know each other takes time and practice. And you may receive different advice from the nurses with each new shift, confusing to know which advice suits you. Time for hospital discharge and taking baby home. This is when you and the the real world meet face to face and the intensity of caring for a new baby starts.  And maybe this precious baby has been planned for some time and the enormity of her anticipated arrival can be overwhelming. It’s exciting and exhausting, a rollercoaster ride like no other. Emotional support and understanding is so important but not always readily available in today’s busy and high achieving world. Family support is not always nearby. Dads are often expected back to work within a week.  Guilt is a debilitating feeling for both parents. Dads (also sleep deprived and unsure what their parental “task” list involves) feel guilty for leaving their wife and baby at home on their own. Mum may need to touch base with dad at work for reassurance/support. Dad needs to sleep at night if possible so that he can function and be “present” at work. Understandably mum needs some respite or support  with the overnight feeds and settling baby. This new routine is a lot to contend with and teamwork becomes really important so you can allow each other some respite. It is normal for your baby to feed often day and night for the first 6-10 weeks, particularly if your baby has been born early or the birth has been complicated.  And I mean every few hours…and it is normal that it can take up to an hour from beginning to end of the feed. Your newborn will be sleepy and regularly fall asleep at the breast, their most favourite place on earth. And it can be really challenging to keep them feeding through the fore and hind milk which will help them settle whilst stimulating your supply. And they need frequent and small amounts to begin with as breast milk is meant to digest easily. So you cannot expect your baby to find a “routine” for the first few months. After 6-8 weeks research shows that your baby can distinguish between night and day. So you can begin to establish some daily consistent rhythms to the end of “day”...

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Second Melbourne Launch!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in News/Articles | 0 comments

With the success of the first sold out Melbourne launch presentation there is now another date scheduled!  Tickets now available and filling fast so book your place today! Endorsed and recommended by IVF specialists and educators as well as natural fertility experts, The Fertility Diet combines both natural and medical perspectives, providing simple, practical advice about the latest treatments combined with effective, easy to implement diet and lifestyle strategies to optimise fertility fitness in both women and men. “A well researched book providing thoughtful, practical advice to couples both trying to conceive and wishing to optimise pregnancy outcome. A valuable resource, thoroughly recommended” Dr Anthony Lawrence – Senior fertility specialist Bsc Honors, MBBS Honors Whether you have diagnosed fertility issues, going through IVF, struggled with miscarriage or simply want to ensure a healthy conception the Fertility Diet launch is an event not to be missed! Monday 31st August 7pm – 8:30pm With an introduction by naturopath and fertility expert Nicole Tracy, Tasha Jennings will talk exclusively about her new book as well as providing practical tips and advice on creating a lifestyle and diet to enhance fertility. $30 including a signed copy of the book  At Fertile Ground Health Group – The Studio, Suite 2, Lvl 6, 372-376 Albert Street, East Melbourne 3002 Seats limited. Reserve your place today. For further details or to book email or phone FGHG on: (03) 9419...

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Zycia launching into China!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in News/Articles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Following Zycia’s great success supporting Australian women through healthy pregnancy’s and beyond, we’re now spreading our wings to China!  In partnership with QBID (Quality Brands International Direct), Zycia will soon be available through, China’s largest retailer.  Zycia is privileged to be part of this landmark international eCommerce Australia/China collaboration which will be celebrated at an official launch which I’ll be attending this Monday 29th June.  With opening remarks by The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Federal Minister for communications, it promises to be an exciting event and fabulous...

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The Fertility Diet – Melbourne Launch

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in News/Articles | 0 comments

1 in 6 couples struggle with infertility 1 in 3 women over 35 struggle to conceive Even healthy couples in their twenties, have only a 25% chance of conceiving each month I know.  I’ve been there.  As a healthy 30 year old I assumed, like many others, that pregnancy would come easily.  Unfortunately it wasn’t that simple.   Drawing from my years of professional experience as a Naturopath and Nutritionist and expanding my knowledge of the latest natural and medical treatments, I succeeded in my quest to start the family I had dreamed of.  Keen to share my knowledge to help others, the Fertility Diet was conceived. The Fertility Diet provides simple, practical advice about the latest treatments combined with effective, easy to implement diet and lifestyle strategies to optimise fertility fitness in both women and men.  The Fertility Diet will help optimise egg quality, improve uterine and sperm health and set you on the path towards conceiving and carrying a healthy, thriving baby. On Thursday 30th of July at Fertile Ground Health Group, East Melbourne,  I will be giving a launch presentation, talking exclusively about my book as well as personal tips and advice to help you achieve the same success.  With an introduction from Naturopath and fertility expert Gina Fox it promises to be a wonderfully informative event. Whether you have diagnosed fertility issues, going through IVF, struggled with miscarriage or simply want to ensure a healthy conception, this is an event not to be missed!  Call or email the lovely ladies at Fertile Ground Health Group on ph. 03 9419 9988, email: I look forward to seeing you there for a chat and healthy snacks as well as your personal signed copy! Tasha x Click here to purchase your signed copy of the Fertility...

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Ovulation test kits

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

Ovulation test kits are another way to help pin point your fertile window. These come in the form of Urine based test kits Salivary based test kits   Urine based test kits These kits work by measuring the level of luteinising hormone (LH) in urine. There is always a small amount of LH present in blood and urine, however the volume of LH increases 2 to 5-fold 1 to 2 days prior to ovulation to stimulate release of the egg. Measuring when this surge is occurring provides an indication that ovulation is about to occur. The 3 days immediately after commencement of the LH surge is the window during which you are most likely to conceive. When using urine-based kits it is best to follow the directions outlined on the packed as these can vary slightly between brands. However, in general it’s best, although not essential, to test your urine at around the same time each day and ideally not first thing in the morning as this may miss the first day of your LH surge. Around 2 – 2:30pm appears to be ideal timing. Also avoid drinking too much liquid prior to the test as this may dilute urine. Read the results within 10 minutes of performing the test. Positive tests won’t disappear however a false positive may register after 10 minutes. Therefore once the results have been read, the test should be thrown out. Urine based ovulation kits are around 99% accurate, making them one of the most reliable measures of ovulation, however they are not fool proof. It is possible for LH to surge without ovulation occurring. You may also experience false LH surges prior to the actual surge. However their strong reliability still makes them one of the best methods for predicting ovulation at home.   Salivary-based test kits Using a tiny microscope, these kits enable you to visualise the changes in saliva patterns, stimulated by a change in hormone levels. Estrogen increases the salt content of your saliva. When this salt dries, if forms a fern-like pattern which can be seen through the microscope.   This fern-like pattern indicates the presence of a high level of estrogen, which is most likely to occur in the few days leading up to ovulation. So when you see this pattern, the 3 – 4 days following this will be your most fertile. Saliva based test kits aren’t quite as accurate as urine based test kits. This is due to the fact that the fern-like patter may be present at other times during your cycle depending on your hormone levels. For some people, it may also be hard to accurately identify the fern-like pattern through the microscope. However, this type of kit can be a more popular option due to the convenience of testing as well as the ability to use the same test over and over for around 2 years.   Fertility medications can impact the accuracy of both kits, so best to speak with your specialist if you are taking any prescribed hormonal medication.   You can also track your fertile days by charting your temperature each morning.  Find out more details here....

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Being the best Mum starts well before birth

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

Providing the best start possible for your precious baby is one of the most important things you will ever do.  New research shows that what you eat and the nutrients you consume even prior to conception, all impact the short and long term health of your child.  Check out my article on the Mouth of Mum’s website to find out more.

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