Essence-of-Health
Our Map

Search
 

Fertility

Top 5 nutrition tips to prepare for pregnancy

Wanting to get pregnant?* Here are our top 5 nutrition tips that may help. Eat a Healthy Diet Making the right food choices before you conceive can support fertility and your baby’s growth and development. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet which is rich in healthy fats, plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours, leafy greens rich in folate, nuts, good quality protein rich foods and whole grains is one of the first steps to support fertility. Avoid Caffeine Excessive intake of caffeine could make you feel restless, anxious and irritable and may also cause you to experience heartburn. Decaffeinated coffee is always a better option to consider when...

Fertility Friday – Myth # 8

Myth # 8: Having endometriosis means you can’t have a baby While endometriosis can affect fertility, it does not mean you can’t have a baby. In fact, it is believed that 60-70% of women with endometriosis are fertile. It is important to seek help from your health professional if you think you have endometriosis (although it can take up to 8 years to get a diagnosis!). While there is no cure, there are different treatment options that may be suitable for you. At Essence of Health, we may be able to help you with acupuncture, naturopathy and physiotherapy. If you think you have endometriosis or have been diagnosed already, and would...

Fertility Friday – Myth #7

Myth # 7: If you've had a baby, you'll easily fall pregnant again Unfortunately, this is not true. Previously having a baby does not guarantee falling pregnant easily with a subsequent baby. Secondary infertility is the term used to describe fertility issues after having one or more previously successful pregnancies. The causes are exactly the same as primary infertility and can be male or female related. If you are trying for another baby and think you may need some help, please reach out to us. We would love to be part of your team....

Fertility Friday – Myth # 6

Myth #6: Age is not a factor in male fertility It is true that males produce sperm throughout their entire life and can father children at any age. However, this does not mean that their fertility is optimum throughout their entire life. We often think of the ticking fertility clock relating to women only. But male fertility also diminishes with age. Males may experience reduced semen volume, lower numbers of sperm and reduction in motility after the age of 45. This means that after the age of 45, it takes longer for a male’s partner to fall pregnant. There is also greater risk of miscarriage, genetic abnormalities and developmental conditions. If...

Fertility Friday – Myth # 3

Myth #3: You can get pregnant at any time of the month If you are trying to fall pregnant, this would be great! But the reality is very different. The female egg is released once a cycle and has a lifespan of 12 - 24 hours. Male sperm can survive for around 5 days once in the females reproductive tract given the right conditions. So putting that together, the fertile window is about 5 - 6 days of the month maximum where you can potentially fall pregnant. If you are wanting to fall pregnant, it is best to try at least every second day in the lead up to ovulation. And at least...

Fertility Friday – Myth # 2

Myth #2: Fertility issues only affect women This is a myth! In fact, male fertility issues account for 40% of infertility cases. Male fertility issues can stem from issues with sperm, hormonal problems, health issues like past infections, obstructions in the testes, genetic conditions, functional problems and lifestyle choices. Of course, similar to women, there are also unexplained reasons causing male fertility. The first step in addressing any fertility issues is diagnosis. This will lead to a treatment plan. Part of your treatment plan may include changes to diet, lifestyle – for example stress reduction and reduced chemical exposure, acupuncture and supplementation. Our practitioners see both males and females to help address any fertility issues. If...

Fertility Friday – Myth vs. reality #1

Today is the first day of Fertility Friday: Myth vs. Reality, where we talk about common fertility myths and discuss the real story! Myth #1: Fertility issues only start once you turn 35 If you are trying to conceive, you can have fertility issues. It doesn't matter how old you are. It is true that a woman's fertility does peak in the twenties and starts to decline in the mid-thirties. However, age is only a small factor in conceiving a baby. There are many factors that can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, uterine issues, cycle issues & hormonal imbalances, infections and genetic factors are just a few (and...

Weird Period Symptoms – Period Flu

Period flu. It's not really the flu, but it certainly feels like it. Sore throat, headache, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, temperature, night sweats and generally feeling blah. Some women actually experience what feels like the onset of the flu in the few days leading up to their period. What causes these symptoms? Once again, there is no agreed upon reason. It could be hormones. Some say the drop in oestrogen and progesterone in the luteal phase before your period begins could cause symptoms similar to the flu. Oestrogen is thought to be the main culprit. It could be inflammation. When we get our periods, a chemical called prostaglandin is released. These hormones are...