For many women, trying to have a baby is a lot tougher than they ever imagined – especially if they’re a bit older and time isn’t on their side. They need all the help they can get and there’s a lot of confusing information out there, which is why women are now turning to courses to help them conceive.
Former flight attendant, Nikki Warren, was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome 15 years ago, and as a result, when the time came she struggled to fall pregnant. After trying a number of medical avenues with no success, she turned to a naturopath which became an important turning point not only for her family but for her career as well.
“After going to several specialists and spending a lot of money I went to see a student naturopath one day because it was free and I thought I had nothing to lose,” says Nikki.
“I hadn’t had a period in a year after coming off the pill, I had acne on my chin and I was overweight (part of the symptoms of polycystic ovaries). She put me on a liquid herbal formula and within three weeks my period returned, the acne started disappearing and I started to lose weight.”
Fertility naturopath, Nikki Warren
An idea is born
Nikki was so impressed with the results from the herbal therapy that she decided to start studying naturopathy the following year, which is when she also fell pregnant with her daughter.
“While pregnant, I became obsessed with learning everything I could about using natural therapies during pregnancy, for birth preparation and during labour,” she says. “After gaining this knowledge I decided to do something with it and specialised in fertility as a naturopath as soon as I opened my first clinic in NZ in 2008.”
Nikki is now based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is a qualified fertility naturopath and medical herbalist, dedicated to helping other couples and individuals conceive and deliver healthy babies. Not only has she developed a special range of natural fertility and pregnancy supplements and formulas called NaturoBest, but she also offers affordable online courses and consultations to allow her expert knowledge and help be accessible to women everywhere.
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- Trying to conceive? Diet dos and don’ts for baby making
- 10 things you need to know about ovulating before trying for a baby
- Acupuncture: How it can help with fertility, pregnancy and post birth
Fertility help for all
For many people, seeing a naturopath can be expensive and time-consuming, which is why Nikki decided to design the online courses which are already hugely popular. From the comfort of their own home, in their own time, women can learn about things such as:
- Preconception care and natural fertility for men and women
- Blood tests required and how to understand what they mean
- How to supplement appropriately and according to blood test results
- Diet and lifestyle during pregnancy
- How to reduce morning sickness
- Benefits of supplementation for mum and baby
The most popular course is apparently the female fertility package which includes a two-hour module about preconception care and getting to know your cycle. At $99.99 it costs less than an initial consultation with a naturopath and contains the same amount of information that you’d normally receive in three or four naturopathic consultations. Courses can also be done in conjunction with other treatments such as IVF.
It’s not just individuals and couples who Nikki helps either, she also offers online courses for midwives and other health professionals who want to expand on their medical experience by learning more about alternative therapies for fertility and pregnancy to better support their patients.
“Midwives are often asked questions by women about natural therapies and they usually have a holistic view about health. It is essential for midwives and any health professional to have access to the latest research, so they can advise women how to supplement appropriately,” says Nikki.
What midwives learn in the courses include:
- Why there’s a need for separate prenatal multivitamins in the first trimester
- Ways that pregnant mums can reduce morning sickness
- Differences in the biochemistry of B vitamins
- Benefits of supplementation for mums and babies
- Why there is an increased demand for nutrients in the second and third trimester of pregnancy
- Ways to reduce the likelihood of getting gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia
- Treating constipation and insomnia in pregnancy
- Birth preparation and using natural therapies during labour
To find out more about Nikki’s online courses and consultations for the public, visit her website here. If you’re a midwife looking to broaden your knowledge of natural therapies for fertility and pregnancy, go to her website here.