Trying to Conceive


Addressing lifestyle factors can make a difference to fertility.

Why you're not getting pregnant

When couples have trouble conceiving, it's natural to suspect a glitch in one partner's reproductive system – but it might be something to do with lifestyle.

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What dads do matters too.

It's not just mums who need to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby

Abstaining from alcohol during preconception and pregnancy is usually considered to be the woman’s responsibility. The main concern surrounding alcohol exposure during pregnancy often relates to well-established evidence of newborns developing a range of behavioural, physical and cognitive disabilities later in life.

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Is it necessary to take supplements for sperm health, and do they work?

Science or snake oil: do men need sperm health supplements?

Infertility, defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after at least 12 months of regular, unprotected sex, affects about 15% of couples worldwide. Several factors can lead to infertility, but specific to men, infertility has been linked to lower levels of antioxidants in their semen. This exposes them to an increased risk of chemically reactive species containing oxygen, which can damage sperm.

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The pros and cons of pre-pregnancy genetic screening

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently recommended obstetricians, gynaecologists and other related health care providers offer pre-pregnancy carrier screening for genetic diseases to all patients.

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Nutrition 'rules' during pregnancy are good 'rules' for us all.

Trying to conceive? Think about what you're eating

One in 6 Australian couples has difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term, leading many to use fertility services. In my private nutrition practice, I'm seeing more and more clients in their 30s and 40s who are trying to get pregnant and want to make sure their eating habits help their chances of conception and support a healthy pregnancy.

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