Planning a family? Why you may need a Fertility Dietitian

Planning a family? Why you may need a Fertility Dietitian

Written by: healthfirst_admin

Last updated: 2021-11-24

Planning a family? Why you may need a Fertility Dietitian

What is a fertility dietitian

A fertility dietitian is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who has dedicated their career to further studies into reproductive and prenatal nutrition, and understands the powerful impact that tailored nutrition and supplementation can have on optimising fertility and reproductive health.

Who needs to see a fertility dietitian

  • Those who are thinking of trying to conceive
  • Those living with pre-existing dietary conditions that can impact reproductive health (PCOS, endometriosis, Coeliac Disease etc.)
  • Those requiring assisted reproductive therapies
  • Those undergoing IVF

How can a fertility dietitian help you

Not only can preconception nutrition help significantly in optimising your chances of conceiving, but it can also play a crucial role in the long-term health of your future baby!

Nutrition plays a key role in optimising nutritional status, boosting fertility and improving symptoms with pre-existing conditions such as:

  • Coeliac disease
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions

Nutrition can have a huge impact on optimising both egg and sperm health in the lead up to conception, in order to help increase your chances of conceiving and to impact the epigenetics of your future child.

Irregular or absent ovulation is one of the leading causes of infertility. Nutrition can play an important role in helping with the fine balance of those key hormones, regulating your cycle and optimising ovulation. 

In fact, a study done by Harvard School of Public Health on over 18,000 women found that dietary strategies can help to decrease risk of ovulatory infertility by a whopping 84%!! (Chavarro, Willett and Skerrett, 2009) 

Evidence suggests that nutrition may also be able to help support implantation and endometrial thickness in order to optimise chances of successful pregnancy. 

Book an appointment with our expert fertility dietitian today

Health First Group offers virtual consultations with a highly experienced fertility dietitian who can help to address any underlying issues and implement tailored strategies to optimise your fertility and naturally set yourself up for the best chance of conceiving through the power of nutrition. 

In an initial consultation your fertility dietitian will conduct a comprehensive assessment considering weight history, medical history, menstrual cycle health, medications, supplements, dietary intake, biochemistry, and lifestyle factors. They will review blood test results and execute a plan for further testing where required. Using all this information our expert reproductive and prenatal dietitian will formulate a science-based treatment plan and provide you with all the resources, knowledge, and support that you need to help you reach your goals.

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Written by: Ronell Schoeman | Accredited Practising Dietitian

 

Study Referenced: Chavarro, J., Willett, W. and Skerrett, 2009. The fertility diet. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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