Hi everyone, welcome to the first Fertile Friday of 2016!! Today I’m going to outline five supplements to take before (and for) getting pregnant – things that are important for the pregnancy itself, and things that can help get pregnant in the first place. These are especially important for us “oldies” of 40 and over, but could be significant for everyone who is trying to conceive.
Happy Fertile Friday … at least it’s Friday-ish, I’m currently in Australia and it’s Saturday here, but I’m sneaking a post in while all the kids in this household are asleep. I’m at my sister’s house, and she has two daughters and one son, and Valentina has been having a ball with her cousins these past couple of days.
I just thought I’d write a bit today on the potential role of adrenal health on fertility, which may well tie into our story too. A couple of weeks ago, Dave and I had a consultation with a lady known as The Baby Maker (TM). She’s a naturopath in Australia, and I was told about her by a lovely midwife I met in Perth at a conference last year (thanks, Julie!). Julie had had success with her program, and I read numerous testimonials of people who had got pregnant through her protocol, even when they hadn’t had success with IVF. When I heard of her I thought we had nothing to lose, so we scheduled and had our first appointment via Skype. [Read more…]
Most people know that folic acid is one of the most important nutrients to take in the preconception period, and it is found in most prenatal vitamins. But did you know that over 50% of the population cannot absorb and utilize regular folic acid? The best folate for prenatal vitamins is actually methyl-folate, but only a few prenatals contain that form.
Conventional thought would have it that a woman is born with a finite number of eggs in her ovaries, which get used up over time as monthly ovulation occurs. Thus for oldies like me over 40, this means trouble, as our eggs are aged and hagged and there might not even be enough of them left. But research in the past couple of years might just debunk this theory. Studies have discovered that there are stem cells in each ovary, and that ovarian stem cells could become new eggs. More research is needed to see to what extent these stem cells create eggs naturally that can be used by the body; but certainly the field of reproductive endocrinology is happily investigating how to utilize this to improve current IVF techniques.
Happy Fertile Friday everyone!! Ok, so today you might start thinking that I’ve completely lost my mind. I actually feel a bit vulnerable posting about this, since it’s definitely left field (and my family will read it and then they’ll know – I only told my husband two days ago!), but I find it intriguing and fascinating, so I might as well share. It’s bee venom therapy. Yup, bee’s, like the yellow and black things that sting you. And yup, I’m getting stung by them, on purpose, three times a week. See, I told you you might think I’m crazy. It’s possible you’re right. I’m trying bee venom therapy for fertility. [Read more…]
Hello there! It’s Fertile Friday again. This time last week we were flying to Scottsdale for a lovely weekend of R&R (with maybe one conference lecture presentation thrown in!). This week it’s a quiet, normal weekend, and that actually feels really good! Today I want to ask the question – Gestational Diabetes – is it overdiagnosed? I know for myself, and for several other mamas in my circle, that the whole issue of gestational diabetes was a thorn in their side during pregnancy, perhaps unnecessarily.
It’s Fertile Friday again and today I’m excited to introduce to you Stacey Baganz. She is a holistic nutritionist based here in San Diego, CA, and she has some great information for you on keys to optimal wellness before and during pregnancy.
Bringing new life into the world is such an exciting time. I really love to work with women that are pregnant or hope to become so, as I find they have the strongest commitment and willingness to make whatever changes are necessary for the sake of their baby’s health. But for many, navigating the wealth of information out there on diet and supplements can often be overwhelming. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things to consider before and during pregnancy to ensure optimal wellness for you and your child.
Hi everyone – Happy Fertile Friday! I’ve been looking into some other alternative treatments for infertility, and I have come across some information about the benefit of Low Dose Naltrexone and fertility, so I thought I’d share it with you! [Read more…]
Welcome to Fertile Friday!! For me it’s more like Lyme Friday as I’m at the annual ILADS conference in Fort Lauderdale – the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. This is the annual get-together for all the Lyme docs to share experiences and knowledge. Since I’m here and thinking about it, I’m going to write and quick post about Lyme disease and pregnancy. [Read more…]
Welcome to Fertile Friday!! Let’s talk about ultrasounds. Specifically, are ultrasounds safe? Ultrasounds have become a routine part of prenatal care, but are they overused, and is there any evidence that ultrasounds are harmful to developing fetuses? [Read more…]