I am Belinda Kirkpatrick, an expert Naturopath, Nutritionist and Author and I have been in clinical practice for over 15 years. I have helped thousands of women and couples just like you achieve their dream of a healthy full-term pregnancy and baby.
I have created this program with the support of Dr Gavin Sacks (leading Fertility Specialist from IVF Australia), to support you during your IVF cycle and help you to learn what you can be doing to increase your chances of success. The information contained in this course gives you access to the same evidence-based advice that I give to my clients in clinic, for a fraction of the price.
During the program you will be guided through 14 daily modules with video, practical tips, written content, recipes and meal plans. It is suitable for everyone trying to conceive through IVF.
Each day of the course only requires around 10-30 minutes of commitment from you and don’t worry if you fall behind, the great news is that you will have three months to complete the 14 modules. Each day will open up another exciting module for you to explore. In response to your feedback, you will however, now have access to the entire course from Day 1 for those that prefer to binge on information!
Below is an outline of what you can expect from this practical and supportive course:
Day 1. Welcome
This session introduces Belinda and explains: how the course works; what will be covered on each of the 14 days; and, how to get the most out of the course. This introduction is designed to motivate you to focus on making positive changes; understand everything doesn’t need to be followed perfectly; and, that even small changes can help you to feel better and more supported on their fertility journey.
Shopping lists and meal plans will be provided to help you prepare for the weeks ahead.
Day 2. Optimum Nutrition for IVF (research-based food suggestions for IVF)
Diet and nutrition should always be the first port-of-call when it comes to reproductive health. Day 2 focuses on the quality of food that you consume. We examine the idea that focusing on good foods and crowding out other foods is the best way to ensure you are eating well.
Day 2 is full of research-based suggestions for what you should be eating and also details the way in which diet can affect IVF outcomes (all references will be provided).
Day 3. Foods to minimise/avoid
This evidence-based section explains which foods and beverages are best avoided or minimized while trying to conceive. Caffeine, alcohol and sugar are among those discussed and tips for minimising excess sugar intake will be provided as well as healthy recipes and meal suggestions.
Recent studies will be provided to highlight the importance of preconception care and healthy lifestyle during IVF.
Day 4. How to promote healthy sperm
Sperm quality and quantity can often be improved by making diet and lifestyle changes. Day 4 looks at the impact of smoking, drugs, alcohol and regular ejaculation on healthy sperm production and explains which foods can encourage healthy sperm production. Recipes and meal suggestions will be provided to encourage regular intake of useful nutrients.
Day 5. Top 10 fertility foods
Focusing on including healthy foods in the diet can help to keep you focused on something positive while at the same time providing much needed nutrients. The Top Ten Fertility Foods along with recipes and suggestions on how to include these foods will be provided.
Day 6. Practical tips for changing your diet
Changing the diet and trying new foods can be difficult for many people and is one of the main barriers stopping people from following a healthy diet. This section will highlight certain healthy foods and how they can be easily included in the daily diet. It will also provide information on how to read product labels and how to choose healthy foods in the supermarket.
Day 6. Q&A with Dr Gavin Sacks
Todays session includes three in-depth Q&A style interviews with world-renowned Fertility Specialist, Associate Professor Dr Gavin Sacks from IVF Australia. Dr Sacks will outline the IVF process and answer common questions he gets asked by patients during the IVF process. There is also a bonus video where Dr Sacks details options for when things are getting difficult and/or IVF has been repeated many times.
Day 8. Stress and IVF
Does stress affect IVF outcomes? Today's lesson gives the results of a large meta-analysis including over 4000 patients on the impact of stress on IVF outcomes. Belinda also outlines practical tips that you can be doing to manage stress and reduce the impact of stress on your body.
Day 9. Meditation for fertility
Trying to conceive can be very exciting yet after trying without success for many months can quickly become very stressful. Patients are encouraged to reach out for support from friends, family or experienced professionals as well as making time for mindfulness, relaxation or meditation. This lesson will provide easy tips on how to incorporate mindfulness and meditation to reduce stress and optimize the IVF cycle. The focus will be to avoid ‘feeling stressed about being stressed’ and learn how to manage stress and anxiety practically.
Guided audio meditations from BeFertile are provided.
Day 10. Nutrition tips for common conditions (Endometriosis, PCOS, immune issues, thyroid)
This section provides nutritional suggestions for those patients with these conditions to support the individualised medical advice provided by the your doctor.
Day 11. Lifestyle tips for fertility
Day 11 details how to improve your health by improving your environment. The impact of some home cleaning products, pesticides and personal care products are discussed as well as the benefits of using plants to improve air quality at home. Recipes for making low-tox cleaning products will be provided.
Day 12. Exercise and IVF
Forms and intensity of exercise when starting actively to try to conceive, before the IVF cycle starts and once starting a stimulated IVF cycle are discussed. The importance of incidental exercise, tracking daily step count, listening to your body and getting the rest needed are included.
Day 13. The impact of sleep on fertility
The importance of adequate sleep for good health and fertility are discussed, supported by studies, as well as tips on improving sleep.
Day 14. Pulling it all together
The final day will be a video and written information summarising the past 14 days and discussing how to take the tips and recommendations into the IVF cycle and beyond. Focus will be on being gentle with yourself about the changes you were or were not able to make and how to make a realistic, achievable and personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan for moving forward.
There will also be Q&A video answering many of the common questions about food frequently asked by patients.