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Fertility, Pregnancy & Health Blog

Our gift to you: free information! You’ll find plenty of useful, current, well researched, relevant material here to support your health, fertility, pregnancy, parenting and general well being journey. Make yourself a cuppa and delve in.

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.

Your opportunity to join our team at Fertile Ground and The Melbourne Apothecary

Your opportunity to join our Reception team

This is your opportunity to join our wonderful team at Fertile Ground and The Melbourne Apothecary in the role of Reception and Herbal Dispensing. We are now opening up applications and feel excited to…

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…

What is Buteyko?

So what is this awesome breath therapy that allows you to become free from anxiety, inner tension and even panic? Buteyko practitioner and naturopath, Carly Woods, explains.

Changes to health insurance rebates for naturopathy

For the millions of people who have benefited from the very real and very powerful results of naturopathic care, the political decision to remove private health insurance rebates for naturopathy is equally concerning and confusing. We are busy being politically active, speaking and writing to members of parliament and signing petitions to change this unfounded decision.

Fever management

Even the word “fever” is enough to bring up fears in most of us, and having a fever has many of us immediately reaching for the paracetmol packet and the cold towels. But did you know that, when managed carefully and correctly, fever is actually a friend not a foe?

Counselling for Fertility, IVF support and Beyond

It’s a paradox that although IVF treatment can feel so overwhelming with appointments and the ups and downs of the emotional roller-coaster, it can also be an opportunity for personal growth rather than emotional shut down. FGHG Perinatal and Fertility Counsellor, Suzanne Hurley discusses these issues and ideas with Naturopath Gina Fox and looks at how women and men can endure the IVF process and life’s other reproductive challenges and still keep a healthy perspective. Listen to the Finding Fertility podcast for more

Pete’s Succotash

Succotash is an American vegetable dish popping with flavour. It is often described as “Summer in a bowl”. Fertile Ground Acupuncturist, Peter Slipper, shares with us his recipe and secret to making the tastiest succotash.

Long lasting health: A Chinese Medicine Perspective

Feeling laclustre? Under-the-weather? Fatigued, relying on coffee and just not at your best? Many of us don’t realise that we are constantly draining on our reserves without replenishing the tank. Before we know it we have nothing to draw on when it really matters and we aren’t living a life that we can enjoy to the fullest. If we take this simple equation into consideration, we can replenish, become in surplus, and feel abundant and strong. It’s all up to us.

Meet the special in your Specialist – Libby Oldfield and Gen McGlashan, Physiotherapists

In our second interview of the “Meet the special in your Specialist” series, we caught up with Libby Oldfield and Gen McGlashan, co-directors of Fitwise Physiotherapy whose practice is on level 4 of our building! We have been collaborating, referring and sharing patients with these two fabulous practitioners for the last 15 years and are so pleased to share with you more about their work, and specifically, more about their speciality in pelvic health and continence.

Getting to know your practitioner – Sonia Millett, FGHG acupuncturist

Fertility, pregnancy and women’s health conditions are some of the most interesting and complex to treat, for this reason it has always drawn me – there are so many interesting aspects to consider, such as hormonal and emotional factors. Fertility, pregnancy and women’s health conditions are some of the most interesting and complex to treat, for this reason it has always drawn me – there are so many interesting aspects to consider, such as hormonal and emotional factors.

Surviving Summer Pregnancy

So your first 34 weeks of pregnancy has come and gone. For some this has been tumultuous and you’d rather not do it again, for others, it has been an enjoyable journey. But be prepared! In my experience working with many pregnant women, I can safely say that when trying to cope with the Summer heat, the coming 6 weeks of pregnancy may prove challenging, especially when embarking on the run to the finish line (not that you should be running!!).