What is Preconception care and how can this benefit us?

pregnant-woman-eatingPreconception care refers to the time prior to conception when we focus on optimising our overall health so that we are in the healthiest and most favourable position to achieve a successful pregnancy, uncomplicated birth and a healthy child.

The health of the father is equally as important as the mother in Preconception care, and its benefit to the health of their offspring. Sperm are more vulnerable than ovum to toxicity, are smaller than the ovum and they have a limited capacity to repair their DNA. Fathers are often in more toxic occupations than women and are even more likely than mothers to affect miscarriage and the health of their baby. Sperm take three months to develop from formation to ejaculation therefore good preconception care is just as important for the male partner. The ovum takes approximately fourteen weeks to mature prior to conception, and the respective quality of both sperm and ova is dependent on many factors. These include:

  • Exposure to chemicals, heavy metals and radiation
  • Nutritional status
  • Presence of untreated infections or allergies
  • Stress
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Body weight
  • Heat and pressure. Laptops on the lap, cycling, tightfitting clothing and saunas can be potentially harmful to sperm.

Laboratory results show a significant decline in sperm count, motility, morphology and volume in recent years. Couples with a history of miscarriage would be encouraged to request sperm analysis tests (non invasive tests) as well as a series of specific hormonal and antibody tests for the woman.

Where sperm test results are inadequate there is much that can be done to improve all parameters. This is where herbal medicine, healthy eating, lifestyle changes, detoxification and specific nutritional supplements can have a profound influence.

If Preconception care was initiated prior to conception attempts then we would be likely to see a decline in miscarriage rates, an improvement in reproductive and general health of parents and more robust children with strong immunity.

Michele offers

  • Preconception care for couples
  • Referral and assessment for medical and diagnostic tests
  • For couples seeking fertility help a comprehensive questionnaire of their medical and lifestyle history is taken during the first consultation
  • Individual treatment plans following initial consultation
  • Herbal medicine if appropriate to balance hormones, tone the reproductive, nervous or adrenal systems, support the liver or treat any current infections.
  • Testing for free radicals and heavy metals
  • Menstrual cycle charting
  • Support for synchronising lunar and hormonal cycles
  • Detoxification support
  • Support for a range of reproductive disorders
  • Natural Contraception/ Conception
  • Fertility kits
  • Nutritional and herbal support during pregnancy and lactation
  • Preconception care for IVF process
  • Therapeutic and pregnancy massage

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