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  • Writer's pictureSally Marchini, APD BND

Supporting Your Journey to Parenthood: A Fertility Dietitian's Story

As professionals of child-bearing age, we understand the profound desire to start or expand your family. The road to parenthood can sometimes be challenging, especially if you're considering IVF treatment. That's why I am here to share my story and offer you guidance as a fertility dietitian with a special interest in food intolerances.

I, too, faced obstacles on my journey to motherhood. With type 1 diabetes, I experienced distressing circumstances during pregnancy that could have been prevented. This experience fuelled my passion to help others with complex chronic health conditions, as well as prioritise my own well-being.

Driven by the belief that proper nutrition and lifestyle choices play a crucial role in successful pregnancies, I became a member of the Early Life Nutrition Alliance. It is astounding to realise that 1 in 6 couples in Australia undergoes IVF to conceive - a costly, invasive, and emotionally charged process. However, I firmly believe that seeking guidance from a Certified Fertility Dietitian before embarking on this journey can provide invaluable assistance and potentially even address or optimise your chances of success.

Moreover, my personal journey with coeliac disease has deepened my understanding of food intolerances and their impact on obtaining essential nutrients. I am dedicated to helping individuals like you navigate these challenges, enabling you to meet your nutritional needs while avoiding specific foods that may be detrimental to your health or quality of life. Whether it's gluten, dairy, salicylates, or other food chemicals, I will empower you to make informed dietary choices that support your fertility goals.

In addition to my clinical work, I am honoured to coach fellow dietitians worldwide with the Early Life Nutrition Alliance. Together, we are making strides in fertility and pregnancy nutrition, equipping professionals to provide the best care possible to clients like you. By expanding our network of Certified Fertility and Pregnancy Dietitians, we are ensuring that more individuals receive the support they need during this challenging and transformative time.

I find immense fulfillment in helping others, and my current role is incredibly rewarding. I have the privilege of guiding my clients through difficult circumstances, fostering the creation of healthy families. Furthermore, by mentoring other dietitians, we are collectively shaping the health of the next generation worldwide. Imagine the positive impact our efforts can have on the futures of our children and their descendants.

If you're ready to embark on your fertility journey armed with knowledge and support, I invite you to reach out. Together, we can navigate the intricacies of nutrition, empower your choices, and increase your chances of realising the family you've always dreamed of.

With heartfelt dedication,


Accredited Practising Dietitian and Certified Fertility Dietitian, Sally Marchini of Marchini Nutrition, has type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease herself and is passionate about supporting others with these and other chronic conditions. You can follow her on her Instagram account @Marchini.Nutrition, Facebook page Marchini Nutrition, and in her closed support group Be Well Gluten Free.

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