Your diet and lifestyle during conception and pregnancy has the ability to either benefit or possibly cause adverse effects to your growing baby. Learn more about our fully integrated pregnancy support & care program during this critical time of development to give your baby the best start in life.
The building blocks of your ‘child’s health’ start with pre-conception care, continue throughout pregnancy and breast feeding and on to when your child grows through the various stages of his or her life.
“I first met Susan in 2009 when I actively started to search for a Naturopath that could help me improve my general health, irregular periods and low energy levels. Susan organised for me to have my saliva hormones tested and through the information that came back from the report Susan started to focus on my hormone imbalances with the aid of herbal and nutritional medicine. During this time my periods started to become more regular and my energy levels improved significantly. Some months then passed and we received the best news – we we’re expecting! Something that I would have never thought possible!
Thank you Susan for your warm, compassionate and always friendly advice. Monique and Stiian”
Thinking of making babies? … Is it as easy as you think ?
Recent trends show there is a general decline in the fertility rate. This is due to factors such as couples deferring childbirth because of their careers, the more efficient use of contraception, work and financial stress as well as lifestyle factors.
In young couples fertility remains relatively stable until 29-30 years of age and then gradually decreases every year thereafter with a more rapid decline towards the age of 40 years.
Fertility is a factor of general health and wellbeing. The healthier you are prior to conception, the healthier your embryo at conception and the more optimal the entire process as you continue to enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
If you are experiencing complications to conceiving please read our section on
Your Conception with our Pre-conception Care Plan
Our pre-conception care plan consists of:
- Wholefood dietary principles
- Eating for fertility
- Key nutritional medicine for reproductive health
- Vitamin D – Essential in female fertility
- The importance of pure sustainable Omega-3
- How to improve your Iron status
- Key lifestyle factors that affect Iron levels
- Exercising regime for fertility
- Lifestyle factors that affect fertility
- Fertility charting and conception preparation
- Sleep hygiene
- Environmental factors and their influence on fertility
- Minimising radiation exposure
- Awareness of the ‘hidden’ toxic compounds
Natural Fertility and Optimising Your Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be both emotionally exciting as well as daunting for the ‘mum to be’.
The duration of pregnancy is usually about 40 weeks. Our role as Naturopaths during all of this very important time is to support, encourage and educate; as well as to optimise the health of the mother and her developing child in the safest way possible.
Whilst most pregnancies are of course healthy; naturopathic support combined with the techniques of modern medicine and monitoring during pregnancy can help with timely detection of conditions such as gestational diabetes. For example an early intervention of a change in diet and lifestyle may reduce the likelihood of this condition.
Our fully integrated programs for optimal conception and pregnancy support are specifically prepared for you and are designed to take you through all the stages of the embryonic development of your baby.
Whatever stage you are in in your pregnancy, it is never too late to start to receive the support and care that we offer.
Centro’s pregnancy support & care program for Natural Fertility
From beginning to end, our fully integrated support and care plan will give you the knowledge you need as you travel along the pathway of your pregnancy and beyond.
- Optimising the health of you and your baby
- Preconception Care critical nutritional building blocks
(Read here about Preconception care)
- Creating a fertile home
- Lifestyle factors that affect fertility
- Healthy weight management
- Eating for fertility and pregnancy
- Exercise during pregnancy
- Key health checks
- Fertility for the over 35’s
- Trimesters 1, 2 and 3; understanding developmental milestones
(Read the full break-down here)
- Coping with Morning Sickness
- Common symptoms and complications in Trimester 3
- Labour preparation and support
- Post childbirth recovery
- Managing Mastitis
- Baby’s first foods
Our Natural Fertility program is designed to help you understand and manage the important stages from conception through to birth and into the postnatal period.
The postnatal period can be both joyous and difficult, a bit of a conundrum really! In our fast living society mum’s are under more pressure than ever to bounce back on mental, physical and psychological levels. With Centro’s fully integrated program we can help your recovery from childbirth; optimise the nutrition you are delivering to your baby and be able to best care for you and your newborn.
Enquire now about our Pre-Conception and Pregnancy, Support & Care Programs
Infertility – What to do when things don’t go to plan
Infertility is defined as “the inability to conceive after 12 months or more of regular, unprotected intercourse with the same partner”.
It is a problem prevalent in Australia.
The Fertility Society of Australia estimate that 1 in 6 couples ( ~15%) of reproductive age suffer from fertility problems.
Infertility is very much shared between males and females. In just under half of all infertile couples; statistics show the cause of infertility to be equally shared about 80% of the time.
Why do things go wrong ?
Things that are known to affect infertility are listed below:
- Use of the oral contraceptive pill (OCP), Depo-Provera or contraceptive implants
- Menstrual irregularities
- PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Family history of thyroid problems
- Increased exposure to toxins
- Poor diet
- Low hormone levels eg Progesterone
- 35 or older. (In couples, age has long been acknowledged as a risk factor for fertility, reproductive health, miscarriage, premature or stillbirth, poor foetal and infant health).
- Sperm – are some of the smallest cells in the human body, their DNA can be very vulnerable to heavy metals
If you have a history of, or have experienced any of these conditions, we would recommend that you undertake our full hormone male or female screening as appropriate.
Hormone Screening is a non-invasive process using saliva samples.
We test all the main sex hormones. This test allows us to see, by way of a detailed analysis, any irregularities which may require balancing in order to achieve a healthy pregnancy.
The laboratories we use have Gold Standard Quality Assurance Programs (QAP) and have received a ‘Certificate of Proficiency’ for the measurement of saliva hormones.
Monday – Saturday
Monday Reception not normally manned but available by phone
Tuesday 10:00 – 17.00
Wednesday 10:00 – 17.00
Thursday 10:00 – 17.00
Friday 10:00 – 17.00
Saturday 10:00 – 12.00
Private Health Fund rebates may apply. Check with your health fund.
We are a “Medibank Members Choice” Clinic.
HiCaps online payment is available.
Location: 953 Wellington Street, West Perth
Call Centro Health on 08 9226 0561