10 tips for optimizing fertility

Are you trying to have a baby? How exciting!

Even if having a baby is not in your immediate future, it is important to think about the impact your diet and lifestyle choices have on your fertility. This applies to both partners and I would suggest changes start being made 3-6 months before actively trying to conceive.

Engaging in the following tips for optimizing fertility can support your journey and result in everyone achieving a state of optimized health and wellness.

10 tips for optimizing fertility

  1. Assume you are pregnant. There is truth in the power of positive thinking and setting the intention for welcoming a child into your life.  It will also help you follow the next few tips!
  2. Take a prenatal vitamin and an omega-3 fatty acid supplement regularly.
  3. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods from your diet.
  4. Identify and eliminate environmental exposure to toxins and consider doing a supervised detoxification program with the help of your naturopathic doctor.
  5. Quit smoking and recreational drugs. See your family doctor or naturopathic doctor for assistance.
  6. Visit your family doctor or naturopathic doctor to address existing health conditions.
  7. Speak to your family doctor or naturopathic doctor about the safety of your medications and natural supplements during pregnancy and change them accordingly.
  8. Communicate with your partner about your feelings regarding having children.
  9. To manage stress, make time for self-care by doing something you enjoy like exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to music, etc.
  10. Track your menstrual cycle by monitoring your basal body temperature.  The basal body temperature chart can provide important information to determine when you are fertile and identify menstrual cycle issues.
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Now offering bioidentical hormones!

I am pleased to announce we are now offering bio-identical hormone prescriptions. Bio-identical hormones match exactly the chemical structure of hormones found naturally in the body. They are synthesized from yam and soy extracts and can be compounded in a formula that is individualized for you. Bio-identical hormones available are progesterone and estrogen and they are applied topically to the skin.

Common uses of bio-identical hormones include menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and low libido. Progesterone is often used in younger women to trigger ovulation, regulate menstrual cycles and in the first trimester of pregnancy to prevent miscarriage.

In addition to bio-identical hormones, we are also offering dessicated thyroid known as Erfa or Armour. Dessicated thyroid is sourced from a pig’s thyroid gland and provides thyroid stimulating hormone as well as the thyroid hormones known as T4 and T3. This product is useful for symptoms of Hypothyroidism such as weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, constipation and other digestive issues, low energy, low libido, depression, low iron and high cholesterol.

If you are interested in bio-identical hormones or dessicated thyroid please book an appointment to assess if they are right for you. Both require a prescription which can be filled at NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy. We can fax them the prescription and they offer free delivery in Ottawa.

E-mail or call the clinic to book an appointment! http://drellensimone.com/contact/

 

A naturopathic approach to fertility and pregnancy

Check out my latest blog post for the Ottawa Mommy Club:

A Naturopathic Approach to Fertility and Pregnancy

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Healthy Directions online magazine: A naturopathic approach to fertility and pregnancy

My article on ‘The naturopathic approach to fertility and pregnancy’ is now available online on the Healthy Directions website!  Check it out on page 32.  Feel free to stop by our office for a FREE copy: Alta Vista Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, 1690 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, K1G 6N7.

Cheers and happy reading!

A naturopathic approach to fertility and pregnancy

  Here’s is a sample from the article I just wrote for the next issue of Healthy Directions Magazine called, ‘A naturopathic approach to fertility and pregnancy.’  Stay tuned for the full-length online version of Healthy Directions Magazine or feel free to stop by the clinic for you own personal copy. 

The full-length version includes a detailed description of how naturopathic doctors can provide natural approaches to optimize fertility and treat common issues arising in pregnancy. 

It also includes 10 tips for optimizing fertility! ( I promise I will blog about this again after the article is released because you are probably all dying to know what you can do to increase your fertility 🙂 )

I hope you enjoy!

One day while discussing the topic of pregnancy a patient of mine said, “The ripeness of the fruit depends on the richness of the soil”.  When I asked her what she meant she explained that in her culture pregnancy is described in terms of planting a seed in rich soil, nourishing the growth of a tree and harvesting the fruit. 

This analogy is a great way to describe the naturopathic approach to fertility and pregnancy.  It demonstrates the need for preparation, care and attention during all stages of pregnancy to ensure that mom, dad and baby are the healthiest they can be. Naturopathic medicine can support you at any point along the way to help you produce rich and bountiful fruit!

Pre-Conception Care: The richness of the soil

The richness of the soil refers to a women’s health status prior to conceiving.  Ideally a woman should strive to be the healthiest she can be in preparation to fully support and nourish a growing baby.

Male Fertility: Planting the seed

It takes two to tango! Male pre-conception care is just as important as female pre-conception care because the sperm is what carries 50% of the DNA needed to create your baby.  One important fact to take note of is the cycle of sperm development takes approximately 64 days to complete.   That means the quality of sperm released today, will be influenced by a man’s lifestyle choices up to two months prior. 

Pregnancy: Nurturing the growth of the tree

The nine months of pregnancy are similar to the process of a little seedling growing into a big, strong tree.  Just as a seedling needs nourishment, love and support to grow, so does a pregnant woman and her developing child.  Plants also need to be adaptable to their constantly changing environment.  Each woman’s pregnancy is a unique and individual experience and naturopathic doctors can support a woman’s changing needs throughout the journey of pregnancy. 

Delivery and Post-Partum Care: Harvesting and enjoying the fruit

Congratulations! The tree is fully grown and ready to bear fruit which now brings a host of change and challenges. Naturopathic doctors are available assist with delivery and post-partum care for mother and baby.  The Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors is a great resource when looking for a naturopathic doctor who is also trained as a doula (birthing assistant) to be present at the delivery of your baby.