Fertility, Pregnancy & Health Blog

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Movement with AbunDance - Katy Woods

Movement with AbunDance

I offer this series exclusively to Fertile Ground, to the mothers and the mothers to be, to join me in opening to, generating and maintaining your sense of feminine sensual movement. This is about confidence. This is about play. This is about curiosity and moving even more into connection with your body and …

Pea & Parsnip Soup

Winter Warmer Soups

As we start to move into winter, the cooler weather brings with it a natural inclination for warmer foods. Slow-cooked dishes, casseroles and stewed fruit are meals that are lovely to have over the winter period. Some of my favourite warming meals to have are nourishing soups.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Common symptoms of Pelvic Girdle Pain include sharp, stabbing or grabbing pain that is aggravated climbing up and down stairs, getting dressed/undressed, rolling over in bed, getting in and out of the car, extended periods standing, sitting or walking and pain on sexual intercourse.

Pregnancy & Skin

Pregnancy & Skin Changes

Although some women experience improvements or no change in acne during pregnancy, a substantial number suffer acne flare ups during this time, which may also indicate a higher risk for similar flare ups during future pregnancies. A shift in hormones, specifically progesterone, estrogen and androgens, during pregnancy can stimulate…

your period

What does your period tell you about your endometrial lining?

When I was a teenager, all I learned about my period was that it happened. The subject was taboo, only the essentials were discussed, and further information just wasn’t available. If you are the same, then it may take some months of observation to notice things you haven’t before. It is not uncommon that women…

help your kids manage stress

Help your kids manage stress

How can you help your kids manage stress? Living in this day and age, stress is a normal part of modern life. Some types of stress can be helpful, whereas other types of stress can be incredibly debilitating if sustained long-term. Sometimes stress can be so overwhelming, it feels like it is taking over your child’s life. Thankfully, the body has…

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup is one of my favourite winter recipes. Roasting the tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness and enhances the flavour.

I usually double or triple the recipe and stock up the freezer with it so it’s easy to take out the night before for a very quick dinner the following day.

Deep connection

Deep connection – are you ready?

So much of the world pulls us out of ourselves. Out of our bodies, our attention is scattered in all directions except within. Now that we have the space and distance from the outer distractions you can bring your attention back within to be able to know what is really happening for you. 

Meditation with Gina

How to find calm amid the chaos

Meditation can help you with an incredibly diverse range of things such as providing immense relief from your anxiety and stress, resetting your circadian rhythms, regulating a daily practice of deep rest, facilitating repair in your body, and encouraging a deeper sense of connection and wholeness.

Lockdown Lentil Patties

Lockdown Lentil Patties

Have you been struggling for lunch ideas while in lockdown? Lost for inspiration amongst preparing all your own food? These lentil patties have been a life saver for me. With the weather getting colder, I’m sure most of use feel like a warm meal for lunch but want something that is quick, tasty and healthy. These patties are all of those things.

Stress management

Improve your fertility during lockdown

Whilst there are certainly pros and cons of being in lockdown, there are many things that you can be doing now to help improve your chances of conceiving. 

Incorrect Posture

Working from Home?

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 many of us are now working from home, making for the perfect time to look at our home workplace ergonomics.

Reach out if you need support: Introducing phone/online counselling

Counselling appointments are now available over the phone or via online video. Talking with a counsellor about your concerns and accessing emotional management strategies at this challenging time can be very grounding and reassuring, enabling you to be more in control of your thoughts and overwhelm.

Introducing Online Immune Support Consults

All of our naturopaths are available for 30-minute Immune Support Phone Consultations and we have set up this new appointment type for existing and new patients. You can book online (or call us anytime). Whilst there is yet no TGA approved intervention for COVID-19 specifically, complementary medicine has much to offer in regard to supporting your general health, immune function and wellbeing.

Boost your immunity

Are you worried about your immune system’s ability to fight off infection? A healthy immune system is more likely to be able to provide a timely and robust response when exposed to a “bug” (e.g. virus) which in turn reduces your chance of experiencing symptoms and getting sick. The health of your body’s immune system

What do tennis players and new mums have in common?

By FGHG Osteopath, Nicole Cukierman The answer is unexpected but makes perfect sense! Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an irritation and overuse of the muscles and tendons that extend your wrist and fingers. Anyone who finds themselves repeating the same actions over and over can develop this painful and chronic condition. While 50% of

Acupuncture and Vulvodynia

What is vulvodynia? Vulvodynia is a chronic pain condition characterised by pain and potentially a burning sensation in the female genitals, specifically of the vulva, and entrance of the vagina. The pain is often brought on when pressure is applied to the area, such as with bike riding, sitting for prolonged periods, and sexual intercourse. …

Deep Rest

How to reignite your vitality even if you’re feeling time-poor & exhausted – check out this one day, full immersion in February with Charmaine Dennis and Carly Woods. Do you feel like you’re whirring along in a hurricane of ‘to do’ without much time left for YOU? Stop right there – you’re supposed to have it … Continued

Does acupuncture increase your chances of conceiving during IVF?

The latest findings of two 2019 meta-analyses. By Kim Riley At Fertile Ground Health Group, many of our fertility acupuncture clients have been considering IVF, or are already undergoing IVF treatment. Past research has been both supportive and unsupportive of the efficacy of acupuncture during IVF treatment and we are often asked what the latest …

Super Simple Super Salads

By Josephine Cabrall, FGHG Naturopath These two salads are versatile side dishes to a variety of meals. The fennel slaw particularly compliments chicken and fish but I find it can form a part of any good spread, making it perfect for picnics, barbeques and pot luck dinners. The chickpea salad can be a stand-alone meal …

Opportunity for experienced remedial and pregnancy massage therapist

We are looking for our next remedial and pregnancy massage superstar! Fertile Ground Health Group (FGHG) is a busy, multidisciplinary natural medicine practice specialising in preconception, infertility, pregnancy and family health. Your experience, motivation and passion for working with pregnant women, as well as your professional approach will see you fit in nicely with the …

How to change your diet to beat PCOS

By Josephine Cabrall, FGHG Naturopath So you may have read my last post “The Most Powerful Thing You Can Do To Heal PCOS” about the powerful effects of quitting sugar on PCOS. But some of us may not get the results we want from quitting sugar alone and this is where we need to turn …

Inside the magic of the counselling room

By Suzanne Hurley, FGHG Perinatal Counsellor As the Perinatal and Fertility Counsellor at Fertile Ground Health Group, there are many times that I notice my own goose bumps as I shiver at what is happening in the counselling room. The shivers are for the remarkable connections that people make when reflecting on their experiences, the …

Nutritional building blocks for healthy mum, healthy baby

By Sarah Harris, FGHG Paediatric Naturopath Pregnancy is often described as a ‘window of opportunity’. As a mother, being in the best of health before and during pregnancy can help influence critical stages of your baby’s development and help create a happy and healthy child. Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy and breastfeeding as …

Osteopathy during pregnancy

Osteopathy during pregnancy can help with more than just reducing back pain. During pregnancy our goal is to create an unrestricted space for the baby to grow and ideally position themselves for birth. Tightness in the mums body can influence the babies position in the uterus and even impact its descend through the birth canal. Using hands-on techniques we aim to release tension through the mum’s back, ribs, pelvis, hips and diaphragm so that the baby is able to move into a more ideal position.

Quinoa Salad with Yoghurt Dressing

The greens in the salad are rich in folate and antioxidants which are important nutrients to support a healthy conception and pregnancy, whilst the nuts and seeds are high in zinc (great for sperm health!), magnesium and fibre. There is another anti-oxidant hit with the delicious pomegranate seeds on top and some beneficial gut bugs in the form of probiotics if you use a good quality yoghurt (not to mention the additional protein and calcium in the yoghurt).

Putting up with pelvic menstrual pain?

Naomi Jankowski, FGHG Acupuncturist shares a recent case where she used a specific acupuncture technique for a patient presenting with debilitating and chronic pelvic menstrual pain.

Spring Clean Your Kids

FGHG Paediatric Naturopath, Sarah Harris discusses how we can combat the toxicity that our children are exposed to on a daily basis. Some of the best advice is simple -Eat your greens! Sulforaphane is a component of broccoli that may help to provide protection against the stressors of modern living, thanks to its ability to clear toxins and reduce free radical damage, helping your kids and their cells feel healthier and happier.

Podcast: All Things Male Infertility

FGHG Naturopath Rhiannon Hardingham was a recent guest speaker on the Love & Guts podcast with host and naturopath Lynda Griparic. In this episode Rhiannon shares her wealth of knowledge on all things male infertility

Delicious granola

This homemade granola recipe tastes great whilst being lower in sugar and higher in protein, which is good for blood sugar balance, hormone balance, weight management and fertility

Hey kids! Who is that sneezing, sniffing or scratching?

Getting on top of Spring allergies can be tough and requires and comprehensive plan. Addressing gut health and optimising nutrients in an individualised way can help build your tolerance to allergens and greatly reduce all that itching, sneezing and wheezing.

How is acupuncture going to help me conceive?

You might be wondering how on earth acupuncture could help you to conceive. Basically, it all comes back to stimulating blood flow and circulaton to where it is needed. Naomi Jankowski explains the many ways in which this can help your fertility…