For most women the knowledge of the inevitable ticking of their biological clock is drummed into them from a young age and for the large part, fertility is usually a topic targeted towards them. If we want children, we’re actively encouraged to bear them in our prime (and in fertility terms, that’s before you hit your late 30s). Up until now men haven’t had the same age restrictions, but a fresh wave of research is starting to raise questions. Read More…
With a roll call of A-list clients including Kate Winslet, Stella McCartney, Jemma Kidd, Cate Blanchett, Anne-Marie Duff and Sophie Wessex, who all visited during their pregnancies, leading fertility and pregnancy expert Zita West is the go to guru on the subject. As a practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor, Zita has a loyal and sophisticated following amongst women looking for alternative treatments and practical support during one of the most exciting and daunting times of their lives.
What is your passion?
I think my work is my passion, I find it very hard to get other interests, which is actually my New Year’s resolution! My work moulds who I am and I have many wonderful clients and great friends in the industry. I live and breathe fertility and pregnancy every day.
What is your life philosophy?
I try to apply the same philosophy to my life as the ‘pearls of wisdom’ I give out to my clients; I think the hardest thing for anyone is getting a balance and staying on middle ground. In my professional life I balance technology, science and medicine with holistic practices, and personally I believe in moderation: balancing the things that we know are good for us with the things that make us happy and relaxed.
A reader who suffers from hayfever every year is looking for a natural remedy to help prevent or relieve it.
My staple remedy is Aller-DMG, a natural formulation that contains perilla, from the mint family, which blocks the release of histamine, plus dimethylglycine (DMG) derived from beets, which helps clear the respiratory tract and reduces the intensity of the allergic reaction. Aller-DMG, £16.50 for 60 tablets
I also like to eat local honey: the idea is that the tiny amounts of local pollen act as a natural vaccine. And I don huge dark glasses, real Jackie Os, which at the very least look glamorous. Read More…