Conception

Conceive Baby is here!

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Conception | 0 comments

Conceive Baby is here!

If you are in the conception phase of your pregnancy journey, then Conceive Baby  is for you!  Whether you have diagnosed fertility issues, going through IVF or just wanting to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy, the Conceive Baby team of experts is here for you.  Including fertility specialists, gyneacologists, reproductive endocrinologists, chinese medical practitioners, fertility psychologists, naturopaths, nutritionists, healthy chefs and more!   Join us to receive a FREE introduction to the Fertility Diet book!  Now also available in Kindle...

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Being the best Mum starts well before birth

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Conception | 0 comments

Even before you conceive you are nurturing and nourishing the important DNA that will become your future child. We can spend months painting and decorating the baby’s nursery ready for the new arrival, but the most important ‘nursery’ you baby will ever have, is the one inside you. Your eggs have a 90 day life cycle from immature follicle until it reaches a mature egg, released at ovulation.  During these critical 90 days you can positively and negatively influence the health of your eggs and all the genetic material it contains.  The Fertility Diet has been specifically designed especially to support the health of your eggs during this important time.  For more information about how to positively influence the health of your eggs to improve your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby please out Conceive Baby.  Conceive Baby provides expert information, specifically focused on fertility, conception and the initial stages of pregnancy. Drawing on the expertise of fertility specialists, gynaecologists, doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, researchers and more.  Conceive baby is a comprehensive resource for all couples wishing to start a family. Also read on to discover more information about conceiving your precious baby in our articles below.  If you have any questions or queries, feel free to contact us...

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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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Simple treatments for PCOS

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Conception | 0 comments

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition often occurring within families.  For this reason it’s believed to have a genetic component but otherwise the cause is largely unknown.  Symptoms can vary greatly but often include irregular menstrual cycle, PMS/PMT, heavy menstrual bleeding, acne and weight gain.  These symptoms can not only be uncomfortable but they can also reduce your ability to conceive.  There is very little in the way of medical treatment available for PCOS.  Most treatment relies on the use of the oral contraceptive Pill to help reduce symptoms, however when you’re wanting to conceive, this is not an options. The good news is that there are some great natural treatments and lifestyle changes which can help reduce your monthly symptoms and improve your fertility.  Simple dietary changes, combined with vitamin and herbal support can help bring you closer to your dream of starting a family!  Find out more about these simple treatments in my my article on the Mouth of Mum’s...

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The Best Exercise for Fertility

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Conception | 0 comments

Too little or too much exercise can impact your ability to conceive.  High impact training can reduce the body’s ability to produce progesterone, which is critical for ovulation.  Extremely athletic women generally have greatly reduced levels of body fat.  But before you throw out your trainers, too little exercise also has negative implications.  So how much is the ‘right amount’ of exercise?  What types of exercise are best?  And what’s really best for you? Find out all this and more to help improve your fertility in my article on the Mouth of Mum’s...

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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...

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