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Welcome to Week 1

In the first week of the course, you’re going to investigate pre-conceptual care and nutrition for fertility and uncover some top tips that are going to help you practice.

We know from qualitative research what women really want is consistent, confident advice delivered from the health professionals.

This includes advice about weight management. And lots of people don’t have the conversation about weight, but it is important, particularly around infertility. And we hope that this part of this course will help give you confidence in being able to have those conversations with women about their weight. It’s obviously a sensitive area. Sensitive for many people. No one wants to be overweight.

I’m sure many of you will recognize the scenario of a woman coming to see you who’s been having difficulty conceiving. She’s been on the internet, found out lots of information about good foods, bad foods, what she should be doing, what she shouldn’t be doing, but she’s confused.

How are you going to respond to her? What’s your top tips that you’re going to be able to give? How are you going to head off some of those really bad practices that may have been portrayed to her as the way to get pregnant via the internet when she hasn’t been able to synthesise some of the evidence from the non-evidence?

But how we deal with it and how we manage it can really impact on people’s– how they feel about themselves and consequently whether they do actually have a baby or not.

Talking point

Within the Comments, consider sharing with other learners a common question regarding fertility that you’re asked in your practice.

Don’t forget to contribute to the discussion by reviewing comments made by other learners, making sure you provide constructive feedback and commentary.

We have all heard of the term ‘patient confidentiality’. In some of the discussions around the health issues we are covering, it can be useful for other learners to hear of your personal experience but please be mindful of sharing too much.

Managing comments

Comments on a step can be ‘filtered’ which helps you access them in a way that’s best for you. You can do this by selecting comments by ‘All comments’, ‘Bookmarked’, ‘Your comments’ or ‘Following’ from the drop-down menu in the comments section of the step. You can can also sort by ‘Newest’, ‘Oldest’ or ‘Most liked’.

You can also bookmark comments to remind yourself of certain contributions that you might wish to refer back to at a later stage.

Mentioning other learners

When replying to a comment, you can also mention other learners that are taking part in the comment thread. You can do this by entering the learner’s profile name as part of your reply. For example, @User3320607 That’s an excellent description! @User4499578 What do you think?

Please note, you can only mention others who are in the thread and cannot use the mention functionality in stand alone comments.


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Food as Medicine: Fertility and Pregnancy

Monash University

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