Making Babies

Making Babies

Preconception care can be a wonderful way of enhancing the health of both parents prior to conception and positively influencing the health of your baby. Although we cannot change our genetics, using herbal and nutritional medicine we can influence the behaviour of genes in the next generation.

It takes approximately three months for the development of egg and sperm, so a program undertaken for 3-4 months before a couple starts trying is ideal to enhance the health of both parents and baby. According to the Foresight Study published in 1995, 367 couples who followed a four month preconception care program had a rate of miscarriage of 1/65, compared to 1/5 in the general population.

Similarly, malformation rate was 1/396, compared to 1/65. It is important to remember that each parent contributes 50% of their genetic material to their children, so the health of both parents is vital. Whether couples are having troubles conceiving or are simply interested in optimising their reproductive health, natural therapies have a significant amount to offer.

To have a preconception program tailored to a couple's specific needs, book an appointment with our
naturopaths who have considerable experience in this field.

Written by Sarah Durack
Published 29/05/2010

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