Planning to have a baby

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With a sole focus on  fertility and pregnancy, this enables our team to maximise your success of conception to pregnancy, creating healthy babies during your parenthood journey.

Planning For Pregnancy

Planning to have a baby can been seen as the first psychological steps into parenthood. If you are preparing or have been trying to have a baby a preconception plan is always recommended for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.  There is plenty of evidence showing the benefits of preconception and how your immunity will have an major impact on your baby’s health and immunity.

We recommended a preconception plan for

– males 2 and a half months
– females 3 months

These timeframes enables the best possible sperm and egg quality to be produced.

Benefits of Preconception Care

  • improve pregnancy rates
  • reduce nausea and vomiting symptoms
  • prevent miscarriage risks
  • reduce the risk of birth defects
  • prevent neural tube defects


An easy way to think about it is to treat your body as though were already pregnant at least 3-4 months before you actually fall pregnant. Important key areas include:

  • Be conscious of what you put into your mouth and what is in your environment. Any toxin exposure can and will influence your gametes (eggs and sperm). Sperm are even more vulnerable than eggs to toxic exposure and nutritional deficiency.
  • Avoid recreational, environmental and medication derived toxins
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. There are many links to infertility, miscarriage and birth defects.
  • Clean up your diet and reach your healthy weight range
  • Stay hydrated
  • Regular exercise
  • Minimise stress and anxiety
  • Reduce stress levels

Tips for your Preconception Care?

Regular exercise for 30-40 minutes a day 3-4 times a week is recommended. Yoga, pilates, walking, swimming and tai chi are great ways to support your pregnancy.

Following a nourishing diet along with good eating habits are key for before, during and after pregnancy. Both under or overweight may prevent conception. A healthy balanced diet rich in lean proteins and fresh fruit and vegetables is vital.


Smoking has shown increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth and low birth weight babies.
No one disputes that alcohol increases the risk of harm to unborn baby with the recommendation of no alcohol should be consumed while pregnant since 2009.

Both smoking and alcohol should be eliminated entirely period to and after conception.Stress & Anxiety

Trying to conceive can create added stress and anxiety. Relaxation is the solution, incorporating acupuncture, counselling, massage, pilates, yoga and meditation are easy methods to overcome stress and anxietyCaffeine

High amounts of caffeine consumption has been shown to increase the risk of miscarriage. We recommended 1 cup of coffee daily, but if you an switch to green tea 2-3 cups a daily it will be a better substitute as green tea has many antioxidant properties. Caffeine can add up quickly in your diet if you are unaware Chocolate, Energy drinks and Colas all have caffeine so be careful to not overload on them.Vitamins and Folinic Acid

Taking a daily dose of a good pregnancy multi-vitamin is always benificial to make sure you are getting all the A’s, B’s and C’s you need. Zinc, B6 and Magnesium will help with any stress and anxiety. Folinic acid and B12 are important for good DNA development and is recommended to take several months before trying to conceive.Keep your man cool

Overheating the testes can affect sperm quality. Avoid hot baths, saunas, tight underwear or jeans.


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Fertility and Wellbeing is a Gold Coast Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine clinic that specialises in:

  • infertility issues
  • natural conception
  • ivf acupuncture support
  • pregnancy support
  • labour induction
  • post natal care



The following Preconception testing and Key Nutrients for Fertility is recommended by Dr Kee Ong one of the Gold Coast leading IVF fertility specialist.


Preconception Testing

  • Blood pressure assessment
  • Breast check
  • Weight check
  • Pap smear
  • Gynaecological examination
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Check immunity to rubella and varicella
  • Testing for cystic fibrosis (1 in 25 is a carrier)
  • Blood group and Antibody screen
  • FBE
  • Fe studies
  • Vitamin D and TSH check
  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Day 2-3 of cycle FSH, LH and estradiol level
  • Anti-mullerian hormone and luteal phase progesterone level

Key Nutrients for Fertility

  • Amino Acids
  • Folate
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3 & B5
  • Vitamin B6 & B12
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Coenzyme Q10
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  • Pre and Post Embryo Transfer
    • Pre and Post embryo transfer
    • 3 days post embryo treatment
    • Total of 3 treatments to enhance your pregnancy success.
    If Pre-embryo transfer is outside of clinic hours an additional $38 can be paid for early pre embryo treatments. e.g IVF implantations at 9am, Pre-embryo transfer can be schedule at 6am.
  • Ultimate IVF Support
    • Begins 1 month prior to IVF Cycle
    • Weekly Acupuncture treatments
    • Pre and Post embryo transfer
    • 3 days post embryo treatment
    • 10-14 days post embryo treatment
    • Total of 12 treatments to maximise your pregnancy success.
    In the month prior, a herbal prescription may be prescribe to improve IVF success rate. If Pre-embryo transfer is outside of clinic hours an additional $38 can be paid for early pre embryo treatments. e.g IVF implantations at 9am, Pre-embryo transfer can be schedule at 6am.

From the moment you walk into our clinic, a sense of relaxation is felt. This is the beginning steps allowing us to listen, support and solely focus on you. The experience felt at our clinic allows you to enter a state of calm which as a result enhances pregnancy success rates.