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.


Natural insect repellent: essential oils!

Are you looking for a natural alternative to DEET containing insect repellent? Check out my article  on natural insect repellents using essential oils in the June/July issue of Healthy Directions Magazine!  It’s on page 26.  There are also tips for reducing your exposure to DEET.

Here’s the link: Healthy Directions Magazine June/July issue: Natural insect repellent

If you would like a print version feel free to stop by my clinic to pick one up:

Alta Vista Chiropractic and Massage Clinic

1690 Bank Street

Ottawa, ON, K1V 7Y6


Happy reading!