There is a lot of emphasis placed upon the female for fertility. By understanding your cycle, knowing when you are ovulating and when to have sexual intercourse you can maximise your conception.
You can take control of your fertility.
If you are over 30 years old, you may have been told that your eggs are too old, that you were born with a certain number of eggs and they are running out. Science used to think that we were born with a certain number of eggs and that dictated how long our reproductive years were. However, it has been found that this is not the case. Statistically as a woman ages, the chance of a successful pregnancy in a single month declines. However, that doesn't mean that you cannot fall pregnant as you get older. Your natural fertility and egg health is determined by your nutrition and hormonal status. The good thing is that, at Gold Coast Integrative Wellness, we have the means to test and improve the health of a woman and subsequently her eggs.
At Gold Coast Integrative Wellness we can help you to optimise your hormonal balance, know your cycle and the best time for conception, promote optimal thyroid function, teach you about which foods promote fertility and nourish your cells, and provide support and relaxation suggestions for minimising your stress. All of this provides the best environment for conception of your little one to be conceived.
The health and wellbeing of the male and his sperm have just as much of an impact on fertility and conception as the female does. As with females, the age of the male can influence the chance of successful pregnancy.
Infertility can arise when the sperm is low in numbers, not motile, or is fragmented (damaged sperm DNA). By optimising the health and nutritional status of the males, we can influence the quantity, motility, and genetic quality of the sperm.
Not only should one look to their nutrition for increasing fertility but also look to lifestyle factors such as work environment, chemical and toxin exposure, stress levels, exercise habits, tight fitting underwear, smoking and alcohol habits. By looking at all of these factors we can address the cause of 80% of fertility issues.
Studies have shown that we are able to influence the genetic expression of future generations before they are born through our nutrition, lifestyle patterns, and behaviours.
For instance, we know that obesity runs in families. The weight of a mother prior to pregnancy influences the genetic expression and can predispose her child to obesity. By correcting your body weight prior to pregnancy you can reduce the risk of obesity in future generations, through the influence of the genetic code. Similarly, children who are born to mothers who smoke have a 74% increase in being overweight by the age of 7.
By addressing nutritional and health factors prior to pregnancy, you can reduce your risk of complications of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure), or reduce the risk of poor fetal development. Nutrients such as B group vitamins, Zinc, Vitamin D and Iodine are vital prior to pregnancy to ensure the healthiest pregnancy and therefore baby possible.
At Gold Coast Integrative Wellness, we work with you to optimise your health in the months prior to conception. This approach not only benefits the future health of your baby but also reduces the risk of complications and increases your chance of successful pregnancy.
Many women do not know if they are ovulating or when they are ovulating so at Gold Coast Integrative Wellness, we work with you to educate your cycle and when the opportune time is for conception. Some of our clients have been having trouble conceiving, yet when we show them how to monitor and understand their cycle they conceive very quickly.
Do you know your 'window of opportunity', then come into see us and we will help you to understand and create successful conception.
- What does this sign or symptoms mean?
- What can I do for morning sickness?
- What should I eat?
- I got told there are foods to avoid in pregnancy. What are they?
- How do I prevent stretch marks?
- How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
These are just some of the questions that women ask themselves during pregnancy. At Gold Coast Integrative Wellness we work with you during each stage of pregnancy and explain what to expect and what you can do at each stage of pregnancy.
Teressa will help to monitor your health and nutritional status. Using our "in-house" testing techniques, she will work with you (and your doctor) to ensure the best level of health for you and your baby.
Teressa has written a book to help all new mothers through their pregnancy. "Essential Mother's Guide Through Pregnancy" was written in response to the many questions that clients asked Teressa in her clinic. Teressa wrote this book to help all mothers in their quest for a successful stress free pregnancy. This book is available via digital download under our books tab or printed versions are available from her clinic.
Preparation For Labour
We all dream of a quick, easy and uncomplicated labour. Labour brings with it a myriad of emotions. We all hear of stories from other women, but don't know what to expect for ourselves. By arming yourself with information you can reduce any fear based negative emotions, and replace them with positive empowering emotions.
There are remedies, techniques and solutions to accompany any birth plan. If you are looking to reduce pain, conserve your energy, prevent tears and injuries, assist the emotional wellbeing of mother and baby, improve your recovery or promote breast milk, then Gold Coast Integrative Wellness can assist you with remedies and advice.