Fertility Support and Preconception Health

Perth Natural Medical Clinic’s Naturopath specialising in Fertility Support is

Natalie Pickering ND.

Natalie Pickering, Natural Fertility Specialist, has 20 years experience specialising in treating natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy, birth and post-natal care.

Click here for details of her IVF Support Program

pregnant-womanAt Perth Natural Medical Clinic, The Seed preconception health program combines holistic, naturopathic care with evidence based nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and lifestyle coaching to improve your chances of successful conception, an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth and a happy, healthy, beautiful baby.

The founder of Seed Natural fertility and Family Health, Natalie Pickering, has been empowering and supporting thousands of couples over the last 20 years to conceive naturally and where necessary provides the essential support for successful IVF cycles.

If you are considering trying to conceive or are having difficulties conceiving, have suffered a miscarriage or had a difficult pregnancy or birth previously, preconception preparation is essential for you and your partner to begin now. For hundreds of years different cultures have understood the link between pre pregnancy health and healthy pregnancies and babies. Natural Fertility methods have been used successfully by thousands of couples who have had difficulties conceiving, achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy and a healthy birth and baby.

A preconception program should begin 4 months prior to conception, optimising your health prior to this time increases your chances of conception and healthy pregnancy and birth. The time it takes for an ova to mature is approximately 100 days, sperm develop and mature fully in 120 days, during this time they are incredibly vulnerable to the effects of nutritional deficiencies, toxins and stress. We know that healthy DNA in your sperm and egg provide the building blocks for a healthy baby. Preconception care allows you to positively influence your sperm and egg health by making diet and lifestyle changes, completing a fertility detox taking fertility boosting supplements and reducing stress before you conceive.

Who should do a preconception program?

  • Healthy fertile couples who want to increase their chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby
  • Both prospective parents should do the program
  • Couples with a previous history of problems such as low birth weight, prematurity, stillbirth and malformations
  • Couples who are doing IVF, ICSI and FET improve their rate of success by completing preconception care
  • Coupes who have fertility problems like high DNA fragmentation, fallopian tube blockages, sperm count, quality and motility problems, hormonal problems such as PCOS or endometriosis, unexplained infertility
  • Couples with a history of miscarriage
  • Couples preparing for a donor (egg or sperm) cycle
  • Older couples including women over 40 can improve the health of their older eggs and reduce health problems associated with babies born to older couples

Our passion at Seed is to empower you with the information, tools and support you need to make this journey realisable. At your first visit we review a comprehensive questionnaire, we take a detailed case concerning your overall health and specifically your fertility. If you have already been seeing a fertility specialist and begun IVF we carefully review all of your results to discover where natural fertility methods are going to help you get your positive pregnancy test.

We often recommend specialised testing to further understand your hormone profile, toxicity status, complete sperm health. Where necessary we will work together with other health practitioners such as fertility doctors, acupuncturist and osteopaths. We will teach you how to chart your cycle and optimize intercourse timing. Preconception care allows us an opportunity to overcome sperm problems and female problems that may be reducing chances of conception such as PCOS, endometriosis, ovulation issues, bleeding irregularities, cycle length issues and other problems. We create an individualized plan formulated to help you enjoy a vital, uncomplicated pregnancy, overcome fertility problems, enjoy a healthy birth and baby.

Your preconception care program gives you a chance to break old habits, learn how to maintain your health and wellness, it’s also excellent preparation for becoming a healthy parent and preparing you to raise healthy children. Your program will help you feel healthy and energetic, empowered, in control and ready to be parents to a bright, happy, healthy baby.

What are the benefits of pre-conception care

  • Optimise your chance of a natural conception
  • Increasing your chances of a successful assisted reproduction cycle eg, Ovulation induction, IVF/ICSI/FET
  • Increasing your chances of a full term pregnancy, live birth and healthy baby
  • Your baby will be less likely to have congenital defects
  • You will be more likely to have a healthy birth
  • Your baby is more likely to be content and alert
  • Your baby will be less likely to suffer allergies, asthma and behavioural and learning problems
  • Reducing your risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, pregnancy complications, post natal depression, pre term birth and low birth weight baby

Pregnancy, Birth & Post Natal Care

Pregnancy is a time of amazing changes. As expectant mums we all want to provide the best opportunities for baby’s growth and development and enjoy the healthiest pregnancy possible. Consulting a naturopath specializing in pregnancy care can help provide clarity and confidence during your pregnancy where otherwise you may feel overwhelmed by all the information available.

The changing demands of pregnancy require some adjustments to the supplements and remedies you may have been taking during your preconception stage, you will need to continue eating carefully and consciously now you are pregnant as you are the sole source of nutrition for baby’s growth. Your lifestyle, stress levels and environment is also important.

At Seed Fertility we help you to enjoy a healthy pregnancy by

  • Helping you create a nutritious pregnancy diet to support you and your baby
  • Guide you through lifestyle changes and exercise choices in the different stages of pregnancy
  • Identifying your changing nutritional needs and supplement prescriptions through the different stages of your pregnancy
  • Preparing you for birth and supporting you in recovery and breastfeeding

Common pregnancy complaints we prevent and treat

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Haemorrhoids and Varicose veins
  • Restless legs
  • Heartburn and Reflux
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Sciatica and back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Breech presentation
  • Small for dates or intrauterine growth restriction
  • Natural induction methods
  • Birth preparation

At Seed Fertility we work as part of your pregnancy and birth team to help you enjoy your healthiest possible pregnancy, to give birth to a healthy, happy baby with low risks of allergies, behavioural or learning problems, frequent illness and more serious concerns. We support you toward an easy uncomplicated birth and a problem-free breastfeeding relationship and close bonding with your baby.

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Some selected testimonials received by Natalie…

“Dear Natalie, Just wanted to thank you for all your help and expertise on my fertility journey.
“A” arrived by c-section on 16th June. She is such a happy and beautiful little girl and her big brother just adores her! She sleeps well, eats well and is generally just a really good baby – despite having reflux!! Thanks again for your hard work and dedication – without it our family would not have been possible.
Love,
C, A, L & R”

“Dear Natalie, Thank you so much for your care, support and professional skill over the past 4 years. I truly think we wouldn’t have got there without your help. I cannot reccommend you more highly to anyone setting out on a similar journey.
With many many thanks,
A, C & R”

“Dear Natalie, Thank you so much for your care and expertise in your field. You helped deliver to us our beautiful baby, Maxwell George Thomas, a calm and very happy baby boy. Thank you.
Best Wishes for 2014
B, D & W”

“Just a quick note to let you know our little miracle has arrived! ‘L’ arrived 2 weeks early and is a very happy and healthy baby. He is the light of our lives.
Thank you so much for your help – you really are a wonderful woman.
Love,
C, A & L

“Thank you so much for all your help and advice in getting us to finally be able to have a gorgeous bundle of joy named ‘C’. We are truly blessed to have met you as without your help, ‘C’ wouldn’t be here today. We had a smooth pregnancy journey with minimal morning sickness.
‘C’ just turned 3 months old and loves to smile and laugh a lot. She enjoys people talking to her, which is a joy to watch.
Once again thank you very much Natalie.
Best wishes,
J & N

“Your passion and expertise in helping us to complete our family with little ‘S’ means the world to us. It would be so nice if more families knew of your passion in making dreams come true.
J, M, J & S

“I’d like to thank you so very much for all your help and support, it is so important to get some hope in that situation and encouragement.
So you have helped yet another little life to be conceived!
And I hope you can do so for many other women.
Many greetings from happy parents and big brother,
I, P & L

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for your guidance, advice and knowledge over the last few years.
I have the most beautiful, healthy boy in part because of my visits with you.
Kind Regards,
N

“Words cannot explain the joy you have given me and ‘D’. Our little boy is so sweet and loveable. After 4 years of Dr’s you were the only one who gave us our dream of being a family! Thank you so much. We will be seeing you again,
C, D & C

“Just wanted to say thank you for all your help with guiding me and looking after our health and that we have been delighted with the birth of I. It was a bit of a dream birth, short and very easy and she has been a very relaxed and easy going little one so far. I’m in a bit of pleasant shock that it can all be this way, and it is also great to have this contrasting experience too, the first time around. Thank you so much for making all this possible through your expertise, care and guidance.
Look forward to seeing you in a little while,
Kind Regards,
S

“Thankyou so much for helping us to create our beautiful baby boy, for all the advice, effort and wonderful homoeopathy remedies for the labour. I look forward to a continued relationship with you for the care of Campbell and myself and all my future babies.
Warmest regards
Susan

“I just wanted to say a huge thankyou for your assistance in helping me to get pregnant and am happy to say that we have had a very healthy baby boy.
Kind regards
Juliet

“You have been a wonderful support throughout my pregnancy. You are a gifted naturopath and I value your experience.
Much love
Jackie

“We have been trying for such a long time for this event. On the 14th of March we welcomed our beautiful girl into the world. We both feel we would never have got to experience this joy without your help.
Thankyou
Narelle

“Sorry this has been so slow coming. Thank you for your care to help me have a healthy pregnancy and smooth labour. It all went as well as it possibly could, we have a beautiful healthy boy.
Many Thanks,
Melinda”

“Thanks for all your help and guidance in our journey to this point. I have no doubt that the preparation work we did and the homoeopathic drops made the world of difference to my pregnancy, labour and recovery (and the rescue remedy has been handy too during the emotional moments).
Best wishes and thank you,
Cate”

“Thank you for the wonderful care during my pregnancy. Your help and guidance gave us the best gift of all, a bright healthy, beautiful baby, and healthy mum.
Regards,
Carmel

“Thank you so much for your help on making my little angel. We appreciate everything you have helped us with.� From Jeanette … �Sorry it took so long, here is a photo of our beautiful boy, he is very special to us and has enriched our lives even more. We have you to thank for helping us conceive him, and also for a healthy pregnancy and fantastic labour.
All the best,
Tammy

“We have you to thank, not only for helping us conceive him, but also for a healthy pregnancy and fantastic labour.”
J, Bassendean, WA

“Thank you for all your help and advice during my pregnancy. You truly are a ‘Miracle Worker’.”
A, Gwelup, WA

“Natalie, thank you so much for your guidance, support and friendship. It is always an absolute joy coming to see you. Thanks for everything.”
S & K

“Dear Natalie, we are really very grateful for your care, time and amazing support. Light, peace & joy for you and your family.”
S & W

“I just want to take this opportunity to thank you so much. My appointment with you was honestly the most informative & positive one I’ve experienced so far throughout all of my investigations over the past couple of years – I really appreciate it. Thanks”
B

“Dear Natalie, we cannot thank you enough for all your wisdom, advice and support on the journey that gave us the beautiful ‘A’. Thank you so much for all your help. Sincerely,”
K & M

“Dear Natalie, thank you so much for your care, support and advice over the last 2 years. We have you to thank for a healthy pregnancy, which has delivered us our beautiful baby girl ‘S’. Many Thanks,”
K & R

“Hi Nat, this is our little treasure, ‘I.A.M’, whom I truly don’t think would be here without your amazing support 🙂 Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. Lots of hugs and thanks.”
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