Baby on Board:
Pregnancy

You have a baby on the way! Congratulations! A new journey is beginning and we’re here to support you. We love helping our beautiful mums-to-be have a healthy pregnancy to welcome their babies earth-side.

We believe the pregnant body is pure magic with its incredible ability to adapt and withstand the needs of a growing baby and mama. We love our role in helping to ensure our pregnant mumas have the most nourishing food and appropriate nutritional support (not too many pills or potions), to experience less pain and more movement. We want our mums to flourish! Our integrative approach to health during pregnancy involves our team of naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths and nutritionists.

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Our practitioners have experience assisting pregnant people with:

  • Pelvic girdle & round ligament pain
  • Pelvic floor concerns
  • General aches and pains associated with pregnancy
  • Fetal optimal positioning
  • Morning sickness
  • Nutritional support
  • Appropriate nutritional supplementation
  • Gestational diabetes support
  • Birth preparation

Our practitioners are experienced and passionate about guiding you safely and healthily through your pregnancy and are happy to work with your Obstetrician, midwife or doula.

Acupuncture

Pregnancy is such an important time to nurture and nourish, relax and rejuvenate, and be at your very best, body, mind and spirit. There is increasing evidence to suggest Acupuncture can help with the management of some common symptoms experienced during pregnancy such as aches & pains, nausea & vomiting.

Acupuncture may help in the management of stress, helping to calm you and release unwanted tension.

The First Trimester:

We find our beautiful parents-to-be love their regular acupuncture treatments, especially during the first trimester. Our treatments are designed to support you through those super important first stages of pregnancy to help alleviate common pregnancy synonyms such as morning sickness, digestive issues, constipation, diarrhea, leg cramps, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus to help consolidate a successful pregnancy. Our patients also love our encouragement, education and ongoing support to help them navigate early pregnancy.

Acupuncture can be used to help nourish a healthy and calm pregnancy.

We recommend weekly acupuncture treatments during this first trimester until week 14.

The Second Trimester:

As your pregnancy evolves into the second trimester, it is time to relax and breathe a little more. If you are feeling fabulous (which of course is our wish) we suggest coming in for acupuncture treatments every 4 weeks for a tune up and just to check in to get your “acu feels”.

If you are not 100%, and experiencing symptoms (lets face it, pregnancy can be a metabolic, immune, hormonal & emotional nightmare), we would recommend continuing weekly or fortnightly treatments with our brilliant team. We can help in the management of

  • Cramps and spasms
  • Reflux, nausea, vomiting
  • Constipation / diarrhea / hemorrhoids
  • Cough, colds and flu
  • Headaches / migraine
  • Stress, anxiety, emotional imbalances, sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain, carpal tunnel, oedema

The Third Trimester – Birth and Beyond

We love preparing our mama’s-to-be to welcome your little miracle earth-side.

Between weeks 34-36 is a lovely time to start preparing physically and emotionally for labour and birth. Weekly acupuncture sessions during this time may help prepare you for birth by relaxing your body and mind. These sessions will focus on your general health and well being, supporting energy, and helping to manage any stress you may be experiencing as the time draws near. Herbs and tea may accompany the acupuncture treatment.

If your birth is late or needing to come earlier due to medical reasons, Acupuncture can be used to encourage the natural process of the body. By using specific points Acupuncture can ripen the cervix and support the hormonal process to release oxytocin, to encourage a natural labour. It is beneficial to have weekly treatments leading up to your due date and we suggest you come in from week 37, ideally week 34. These treatments are relaxing and supportive, not only helping to prepare you physically but emotionally for the journey ahead.

The Fourth Trimester: The postpartum period

Your baby has arrived and more change is yet to come. Our team of experienced practitioners are just as passionate about helping new parents adjust to their new role as they are about pregnancy. The Fertile Project is here to help nurture and support mothers during this transition.

  • Hormonal support
  • Pain management
  • Perineal and cesarean birth scar therapy
  • Diastasis recti
  • Prolapse
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Returning to running post baby
  • Appropriate dietary and nutritional advice
  • Support Milk supply
  • Support new mamas
  • Help to prevent ‘Baby Blues’ & postpartum thyroiditis
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Naturopathy & The Fourth Trimester

The first 40 days

Child birth naturally depletes our energy, qi or lifeforce which is why rest, nourishing foods and ample sleep is so important in the first 42 days

During the first 40 days following child birth, a baby does not realise it is separate from its mama. It is solely and completely reliant on its mama. This is why it is so essential to support the mama during this time and to ensure complete rest and ample time shared between mum and baby.

We can help support you through:

  • Postnatal haemorrhage
  • PND and Baby Blues
  • Postnatal anxiety symptoms
  • Postnatal thyroiditis and hypothyroid
  • Post-partum hair loss
  • Chronic sleep deprivation
  • Nutritional deficiencies in the new mama have been linked with an increased risk of postnatal depression
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Osteopathy

Our osteopaths are highly skilled in the area of pregnancy and the postpartum period. Chloe and Kathryn will work with your body to remove any stresses and strains allowing your body to adapt, move and expand as your baby grows with the aim of keeping you pain free. Through education, breath work and movement practices they will help to inspire, empower and prepare you, your pelvic floor and perineum for your upcoming birth and the immediate postpartum period.

Once postnatal always postnatal and our osteopaths have expert knowledge on the musculoskeletal and postural changes that comes with pregnancy and childbirth and how these changes can impact your pain, recovery and recurrence of injuries moving forward.

The Fertile Project has a leader in the field of osteopathy and pelvic health in Australia, where Kathryn is one of only a handful of osteopaths in Australia trained in physiotherapy pelvic floor assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor, she combines this essential knowledge and understanding with her osteopathic mind to create a truly unique and holistic approach to pelvic health concerns such as prolapse, light bladder leakage, diastasis, scar treatment and assessment and rehabilitation for return to exercise after baby.

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