Fertility support

Both inability to conceive and recurrent miscarriage can be helped with natural medicine. Hormonal balance is often at the centre of the issue, but stress, diet (food allergies or nutrient deficiencies) and environmental exposures can also play a role. To address fertility concerns, be that health optimization prior to trying to conceive for the first time, or to prevent disappointment at another failed attempt, or to support IUI or IVF procedures, we will do a full health assessment and implement a plan than can take 3-6 months to see results. Though patience is often in short supply when trying to have a baby, hormones usually require at least 3 months to respond, but then can respond beautifully with simple and gentle interventions!

 

In clinic I offer complementary prenatal care, working along side obstetricians and registered midwives.

Prenatal visit structure

naturopathic-prenatalFirst visit – 1.5 hours

  • The initial visit is lengthy as we review all relevant medical information including diet, exercise, sleep, family history, menstrual history, etc.
  • You will leave with a requisition for blood work and a diet diary, as well as a basic treatment plan.

Second visit – 1 hour

  • The second visit often involves a fair amount of teaching and explanation of your biological processes and how we can support them.
  • You will leave with a fully fleshed out treatment plan.

Follow-ups – 30 mins

  • If you were not under my care prior to pregnancy, then I prefer to see you as soon as pregnancy is determined to be sure that nutrient intake and toxin avoidance is optimal at this critical gestational stage.
  • The next appointments would be as follows:
    • 12 weeks
    • 20 weeks
    • 24 weeks
    • 28 weeks
    • 32 weeks
    • 36 weeks
    • At 37 weeks we will commence birth prep acupuncture (if appropriate), and will continue weekly until 40 weeks
    • At 40 weeks if baby has not yet arrived we can increase labour stimulating acupuncture to twice weekly. If appropriate and if encouraged by the primary Midwife, we can include labour stimulating herbs and homeopathics to help baby along the transition.

How I can help prenatal health

  • Diet
    • Allergy elimination
    • Increasing nutrient density
    • Education of safe herbs/foods/supplements for each trimester
  • Sleep
    • Including safe co-sleeping and healthy crib mattresses
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Pelvic floor health
  • Group B Strep testing
  • Glucose tolerance testing
  • Fetal positioning
  • The microbiome and importance of good bacteria

Naturopathic medicine is also well equipped to resolve common pregnancy ailments such as constipation, UTIs, and nausea if they arise, as well as threatened and recurrent miscarriage.

Postpartum plan

Acupuncture can be very helpful in conjunction with herbs to stimulate lactation, and home visits can be arranged to help mom bring in her milk day 3 postpartum onwards.

I prefer to get an update about the birth as soon as mama is ready to share (email or phone updates usually) and for a post-partum follow-up 3 and 6 months after the birth, but also at 1 year postpartum as this can be a very challenging time hormonally as well, as mom is often returning to work and generally going about her life in a million directions. This is a vulnerable time for the adrenals as mom is almost always doing more than her body can truly handle, so we need to support her with tip top nutrition as well as sometimes herbs and supplements until the baby-life balance is easier.

Online prenatal support

My colleague Dr. Corinne Brown ND has developed a thorough and invaluable online birth preparation program that every pregnancy woman should watch prior at the beginning of her third trimester:

The Love Your Labour Program

Check out her youtube channel for great tidbits about prenatal health!