Preparing for pregnancy can have a positive impact on your health as well as your ability to conceive a baby. Additionally, it can impact the health of your baby during pregnancy. In this section of our website you’ll find articles focusing on preconception care, issues effecting falling pregnant and infertility.
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Articles on Preconception
Understanding Fertility and InfertilityHannah DahlenMany of us take our fertility for granted. We presume that one day when we choose to we will be able to have a baby. We envisage one or two months of pleasurable ‘trying’ before pregnancy is achieved. This is not an unreasonable expectation considering the considerable lengths many of us go to in order to prevent pregnancy. The stories we hear from friends and family of unexpected pregnancies reinforce this faith we have in our
Understanding IVF Hannah Dahlen Since Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, was born in England in 1978 it is estimated that over a million babies have been born worldwide using some form of assisted reproductive technology. In Australia and New Zealand 6816 babies were born in 2002 as a result of assisted reproductive technology (around 2% of all births). IVF is the most common of these technologies. Finding a cause for infertility By the time couples embark on
When the ‘change of life’ comes too early Hannah Dahlen Sarah’s story Sarah was twenty-nine years of age. She had a loving husband and a beautiful daughter. “My life couldn’t have been more perfect,” she says. Sarah had reached that place in her life when she was ready to consider a sibling for two year old Grace. She and her husband Brad were surprised when they did not get pregnant straight away, as they had done with Grace, but they
Spacing pregnancies is a good thing? Hannah Dahlen New research published this year indicates that there may be an optimal time between pregnancies. The research found that pregnancies that were spaced less than 18 months apart or more than 59 months (5 years and nine months) apart carried a greater risk of the baby being born being small or, preterm. There seems to be some evidence to support waiting between pregnancies, though not too long. This study pulled together all
Planning for Pregnancy: Preconception Care By Jane Palmer Preconception care can make a positive difference to your health and the health of your child. More and more evidence points to the fact that the way we were nourished and grew in our mother’s womb can have an important impact on your health as an adult. It is now popular to seek information and health care prior to trying to conceive a baby. This seeking of information can help prepare you
Safe Eating and Drinking Before and During Pregnancy Thinking about getting pregnant? This article by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will provide you with vital information about what you eat and drink before and during pregnancy. Dr Paul Brent, FSANZ’s Chief Scientist, said that thinking about having a baby is an exciting time but there are a few vital things to remember about eating and drinking to make sure that you and your baby are healthy. ‘Women can
Our Story of Infertility by Linda Robertson Our story of infertility started in 2001. My husband (Jim) and I had been married for nearly four years and decided that we were now ready to embark on the journey into parent-hood. Jim and I had always wanted to have a family (like most couples) but as young newly-weds we knew we were not yet ready to deal with the huge responsibility that parent-hood involved. I decided at a young age that
What is Genetic Counselling?By Dr Jon Hodgson“Genetic counselling is a communication process, which aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of the genetic contribution to specific health conditions. This process integrates the following:Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrenceEducation about the natural history of the condition, inheritance pattern, testing, management, prevention, support resources and research.Counselling to promote informed choices in view
Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby: A Guide to Conception & Pregnancy Book Review Author Jan Roberts In our health-conscious society, a fairly common question asked by couples trying to conceive is what they can do, health-wise, to maximise their chances. Beyond that there are also the questions about how best to ensure the health of their unborn baby. Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby: A Guide to Conception & Pregnancy by Jan Roberts has the answers. In this easy to read guide