You finally feel settled in your life and ready to start thinking about bringing a new human in to the world - how exciting! You want to prepare in the best possible way but there is so much conflicting advice on what to do. Preconception care is something I am extremely passionate about and can guide you on the best, evidence-based paths to take.
Why is preconception care important?
The preparation period leading up to a pregnancy can have an enormous impact on both the health of mother and baby during pregnancy, and the lifelong health and disease risk of the future child. Preconception care is a powerful tool which has the ability to influence the lives of our future generations.
What does preconception care involve?
Implementing a realistic, enjoyable diet and lifestyle plan as well as addressing any chronic health issues before you begin trying to conceive. This is one of the most powerful things you can do for your future baby.
How long before I can start trying to conceive?
Preparing your body for pregnancy is a two-person job. I can work with you and your partner to get you in to the best shape possible before you conceive. In an ideal situation, I would see both partners a minimum of 3 months before you plan to begin trying to conceive as this is the time it takes for an egg and sperm to mature. Any influences on your health during the 3 months leading up to conception (drinking, poor diet, stress, travel, emotional challenges) can have a direct impact on the health of your future child.
Book an appointment with me today to begin this exciting journey towards starting a family with the best possible start in life.
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About Nourished Natural Health
My name is Tamika and I run Nourished Natural Health, a natural health clinic with expertise in fertility, hormonal balance and digestion. I hold a Bachelor degree in Nutritional Medicine as well as a Bachelor of Teaching, which I use in combination to foster growth and learning. I work with clients in a partnership which empowers you to take control of your own health. I practice holistic healthcare which means I take an in depth look at all aspects of your life, not just what you put in your mouth. Your environment, stress, exercise, sleep, personal life and medical history can have just as big an influence on your health as your diet.
Read more about my story here.
What qualifications do you have?
I hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine), Bachelor of Education and am a Trained Fertility Awareness Educator.
How much does an appointment cost?
Pricing varies based on several factors. Please contact me for information about pricing.
Can I get a health fund rebate?
Certain Australian private health funds offer rebates for nutrition consults, at varying levels of cover. Please see Health Fund Rebates to determine if you fund may offer you a rebate.
How many sessions will I need?
Ideally, both partners will attend the first appointment at a minimum of 3 months before beginning to try to conceive. A monthly appointment up until the time of conception is the best way to ensure you are both in the best possible health to create a baby.