Fiona Stock - Fertility Naturopath The creation of life is a beautifully complex time and contemplating a healthy journey into conception provides your baby with the best possible start in life – the greatest gift a parent can give their child. The time a couple spends optimising their health before conception goes a long way towards achieving an enjoyable pregnancy and a healthy baby.  Prior to conception you will most likely have experienced a lifestyle that involves the exposure to stressors and toxins.  These factors are understood to impact the health outcomes of future generations. Fiona can naturally support you through preconception,...

Anti-Mullerian hormone or AMH is a hormone produced by the granulosa cells in your ovarian follicles and is a reflective of your ovarian reserve. The ovarian reserve is like a  basket of eggs and you are born with a basket full of eggs, and these eggs get used up over your lifetime. An AMH test can tell you your egg count and AMH level points to a diminished ovarian reserve (DOR)  or low egg count, which is why the hormone is linked to fertility. In other words, if you have DOR, this suggests the eggs in your basket are starting...

Preconception care for couples Conception involves both female and male partners equally. That’s why it’s essential to support the health of both parents in the time leading up to conception, in order to give your new baby the very best start in life. The preconception journey is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a healthy pregnancy, birth and of course, a beautiful, healthy child. This phase can also be a challenge for the 1 in 6 couples affected by fertility issues. Aim for at least four months prior to conception to influence pregnancy outcomes, and the health of the...

Caesarean delivery is sometimes necessary for the health of mother or child for a variety of reasons including low-lying placenta, severe pre-eclampsia, previous traumatic vaginal birth or where the baby is presenting in the breech or side-ways positions. Like all medical interventions, Caesarean delivery involves a carefully considered decision, whether it is an emergency or pre-arranged because of certain presenting factors. While such intervention may be needed and in the long term the wiser or safer option for either party, babies delivered in this manner are not exposed at birth to their mother’s vaginal bacteria, or the friendly bugs, for example,...

In the third trimester of pregnancy, you’re entering the last stage of pregnancy and the birth of your baby is getting close. While many of your baby’s organs have now developed, a number of nutrients remain important for these last three months for the optimal growth of your baby, as well as to help prevent complications during and after labour. Nutrient Why It’s Important Probiotics Probiotics are beneficial during each trimester. One of the most significant is Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG). When taken at a dose of 20 billion live bacteria each day, LGG has been shown to support healthy immune development in infants...

During pregnancy, hormonal changes suppress a woman’s immune system and can make her more susceptible to infections. Pregnant women are routinely warned about Listeriosis, an infection caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria). Listeria occurs naturally in the environment; however, some foods do carry a greater risk of contamination. While infection is uncommon, if this occurs during pregnancy, there is a high risk that it will be transmitted to your unborn child, which can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, still birth or premature birth. You can reduce your risk of contracting this infection during pregnancy by taking simple food...

A new baby developing inside of you means getting adequate nutrition is essential. To achieve and maintain optimal health during your first and second trimester. Fiona can help you with an individualised nutrition plan and assess your diet to ensure you are optimising all the nutrients you and your baby need. This is particularly important as within Australia and New Zealand mineral deficiencies are common, with the average intake of certain minerals (ie: selenium, iodine) often falling below the recommended daily amounts. Probiotics Specific probiotic strains, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis, Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium...

If you have ever browsed the shelves of your local supermarket or Pharmacy, you will have seen bottles of omega-3 capsules, typically recommended for maintaining a healthy heart and for reducing inflammation in conditions such as arthritis. Did you know that these essential fatty acids are also vital for a healthy pregnancy and for the health of your baby? Omega-3: Vital for Baby’s Brain Development Essential fatty acids act as building blocks for your baby’s brain and eye development, and an omega-3 deficiency during pregnancy can have permanent effects on your child’s cognitive function. Scientific studies found that children whose...

Conception involves both female and male partners equally. That is why it is essential to support the optimal health of both parents in the time leading up to conception, in order to give your new baby the very best start in life. The preconception journey is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a healthy pregnancy, birth and of course, a beautiful, healthy child. This phase can also be a challenge for the 1 in 6 couples affected by fertility issues. It is equally important that both men and women take the time to prepare themselves during the...

As a busy Melbourne Naturopath, these are the top questions I often get asked by my pregnant clients. As every pregnancy is different, the answer to these questions may help you on your pregnancy journey. I am suffering from morning sickness Up to 70% to 80% of women experience mild to moderate nausea, and 50% vomiting. Symptoms can occur at any time of day and generally involve changes in appetite and aversions to food. For many women, these symptoms resolve after the first trimester.✅ Eat foods higher in vitamin B6, such as animal protein, eggs, nuts, potatoes and bananas.✅ Consume...

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