Fertility and Prenatal Dietitian

Enhance your fertility and baby health by ensuring you visit a Certified Fertility and Prenatal Dietitian in the days, months, years of conception journey! Then continue to give your baby flourishing health during pregnancy!

Dietitian is the highest form of nutrition qualification one can hold here in Australia, and for 5 years now Sally Marchini, Director of Marchini Nutrition, has focussed her work on Early Life Nutrition.

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Meet article author, and expert dietitian, Sally Marchini

Marchini Nutrition is a member and leader with Nutrition Plus, a worldwide organisation of dietitians who work in this field. For you this means that your dietitian has access to some of the best dietetic brains in the world on this topic, so you know you’re in good hands.

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From Sally:

“The first 1000 days”  traditionally refers to 270 days of pregnancy, plus the first two years of a child’s life (730 days). However, more recent research also shows that the health and lifestyle of the mother and the father during the six months (180 days) before they conceive a baby is essential – after all, the egg and sperm will provide the genetic material for the developing foetus. (1) So, it actually all adds up to 1,180 days– but let’s not be pedantic! This time provides a window of opportunity where a healthy environment, particularly good nutrition, can positively influence lifelong health by reducing the risk of allergies, weight complications and chronic diseases.

In an ideal world therefore, we would like to work together as early before conception as possible, and even if people are already pregnant there’s a huge impact that diet and correct supplementation can make to the health outcomes of the mother in pregnancy and the unborn child’s lifelong health outcomes.

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I help across all stages of fertility, pregnancy and the post-natal stage for specific and complex health conditions including Coeliac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other food intolerances, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), all types of diabetes (including private support with gestational diabetes), Endometriosis, thyroid conditions, vegan/vegetarian diets and more.

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I help clients with Infertility, and prior to IVF – ‘Infertility’ is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least 12 months. (2) It is estimated to impact between 8-12% of reproductive couples worldwide, with approximately 30% being attributed to male complications, 30% attributed to female complications, 30% attributed to both male and female complications and 10% unknown complications. There is great evidence to demonstrate how dietetics can assist with infertility, and certainly in preparation for IVF.

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I help clients who have experienced recurrent miscarriage which affect approximately 2 – 3% of all women and is defined as the loss of three or more pregnancies before 20 weeks gestation. (3) It can affect women with and without a history of successful pregnancy and occurs more frequently in women of advancing maternal age. (4) Although miscarriage risk has been shown to increase with successive pregnancy losses, for couples who experience recurrent miscarriage without a diagnosed cause (approximately 50% of all cases) 77% will have a successful pregnancy in the future. (3) Although a difficult time emotionally, it’s worth working with your dietitian to ensure best outcomes moving forward.

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Our tools – Here at Marchini Nutrition, we use tools such as body composition analysis leading nutrition analysis software and supplement ready reckoners to provide personalised advised based on your medical history, family history, social situation and more.”

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Give Sally a call on (02) 4971-0770 for a chat about how we can help you and your family to be.

You can find Marchini Nutrition at 30 Glover St, Belmont NSW 2280, online at www.marchininutrition.com.au or on Facebook!

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References

  1. Stuppia L, Franzago M, Ballerini P, Gatta V, Antonucci I. Epigenetics and male reproduction: the consequences of paternal lifestyle on fertility, embryo development, and children lifetime health. Clin Epigenetics. 2015;7:120-.
  2. Gnoth C, Godehardt E, Frank-Herrmann P, Friol K, Tigges J, Freundl G. Definition and prevalence of subfertility and infertility. Hum Reprod. 2005;20(5):1144-7.
  3. Chuffa LGdA, Lupi LA, Cucielo MS, Silveira HS, Reiter RJ, Seiva FRF. Melatonin Promotes Uterine and Placental Health: Potential Molecular Mechanisms. International journal of molecular sciences. 2019;21(1):300.
  4. van der Woude CJ, Ardizzone S, Bengtson MB, Fiorino G, Fraser G, Katsanos K, et al. The second European evidenced-based consensus on reproduction and pregnancy in inflammatory bowel disease. J Crohns Colitis. 2015;9(2):107-24.