What’s Involved?

Simply put, preconception care involves ensuring that there is an adequate supply of all those nutritional factors essential to the health of sperm, ova and to foetal development, and an absence of all those things, which have been shown to be harmful.

baby-girlThe instant the egg and sperm combine, an irreversible blueprint is formed for the future development and health of that baby. The health of egg and sperm reflects health or toxicity of the environment in which they grow. Ova and sperm are susceptible to damage from illness, toxins (pollutants, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol) and nutritional deficiencies during their period of maturation – approximately 116 days for sperm and approximately 100 days before ovulation for ova.

Embryonic growth after conception is so rapid that unless all the building blocks are present and toxins absent, vital stages of development can be compromised. From conception to 12 weeks gestation, the foetal mass increases over 2.5 million times! From week 12 to full term, the foetus only increases 230 times. This phenomenal growth rate has exceptional nutritional requirements so by the time a woman realises she is pregnant and modifies her diet and lifestyle, the early weeks, when cell organization, differentiation and organogenesis occur, are almost over. By the end of
the 1st trimester, those anomalies that are going to affect the foetus are already present.

Preconception healthcare for a minimum of 3-4 months is the key ingredient in ensuring optimal reproductive health. This involves a concurrent approach for both partners.

Lifestyle and Environment:
Avoidance of, and protection against, environmental toxins (chemicals, heavy metals, radiation)
Avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes & social drugs
Regular exercise
Stress reduction
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Nutrition:
Organic fresh food
Purified water
Good dietary balance of protein & carbohydrate
A comprehensive and balanced regime of nutritional supplements

Natural Treatments:
For reproductive and fertility problems
For general health issues which can affect fertility
For detoxification and recovery from toxic exposure

Diagnostics:
Hair and urine analyses to test for toxic metals (eg. lead & mercury)
Assessment of nutritional deficiencies
Screening for any genito-urinary infections
Referral to appropriate specialists where required

Counselling and Relaxation Therapy:
Stress relief
For emotional issues surrounding pregnancy, parenting and infertility
Support in reducing addictive or unhealthy habits
Referral to appropriate specialists where required

Charting and Timing Techniques:
Using natural family planning (sympto-thermal method) to optimise conception chances at the most fertile time and to avoid problems associated with oral contraception, IUD’s etc
Ongoing charting of cyclical signs and symptoms to assist in diagnosing hormonal and nutritional imbalance