No matter where you are in your fertility journey a thorough investigation and thoughtful treatment plan from a knowledgeable doctor should be your first step. We can help you optimize your health and realize your dream of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy and creating a healthy family.
Fertility specialists will often say: “you must prepare the soil before you plant the seed.” The 3 months before conception, or the “pre-mester,” is a critical time for both partners to detoxify, balance hormones, and optimize body composition and health. Studies indicate this window in time may impact not only your fertility potential, but also the future health of your children, and their children. Conventional and naturopathic testing during this period can help identify imbalances that need to be addressed prior to conception. Ask us for more information about any of the following testing available:
Standard blood work
Food sensitivity and food allergy testing
Reproductive hormone testing
Adrenal stress tests
NATURAL FERTILTITY TREATMENT
Natural fertility treatment is a noninvasive and holistic approach to infertility that identifies and treats the underlying cause of your fertility struggles using herbs, acupuncture, vitamins and minerals, nutrition and mind-body medicine. Common conditions that can be addressed through naturopathic treatments include:
There are many reasons couples choose assisted reproductive technologies. An integrative approach that uses traditional medication in combination with evidence based, natural products has been shown to improve the success rate of ART. Support through an IUI/IVF cycle involves stress reduction, optimizing egg and sperm quality, and preparing the uterus for implantation.
Acupuncture may be especially helpful to support IVF treatment. Studies suggest that treatment leading up to, and specifically pre and post embryo transfer, may help improve success rates of IVF. Ideally, treatment is commenced 3 months prior to treatment in order to best prepare your body.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
Pregnancy is an exciting time for women, but it also comes with many questions on how to optimize health for both mom and baby. Current research suggests that the choices made in pregnancy can shape a child’s health and determine the long-term risk for a growing number of diseases. Patient-centred medical care during pregnancy works with women to educate themselves about optimal nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle during pregnancy and also address any pregnancy related concerns that may arise. This care extends beyond birth to the “4th trimester” to support women during the postpartum period.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
Chiropractic is concerned with the structural relationship between the spine, pelvis, and nervous system. During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes physical changes as well as hormonal and emotional changes. Chiropractic can help make pregnancy more comfortable and more enjoyable by working with a woman’s quickly changing body.
The body experiences very rapid change during pregnancy such as increased weight gain, change in posture, and hormones which relax stabilizing ligaments. The changes are vital for growth and arrival of baby, but they can also interfere with other areas of life. Common complaints which can be alleviated with Chiropractic care include but are not limited to back pain, hip and pelvis pain, round ligament pain and pubic bone pain.
Chiropractic care is a gentle, non-invasive approach to correcting and stabilizing the spine and pelvis. Completely safe throughout pregnancy, chiropractic care helps the body work better and ultimately, improve quality of life and potentially birth outcomes.
After baby arrives, chiropractic is used to help the body recover and adapt to the new physical and emotional challenges of motherhood. Once the baby arrives, mom’s attention is focused on caring for the newborn. After delivery, the hormone relaxin, which keeps the ligaments soft and loose, is still produced for up to 6 months which increases vulnerability for joint pain. In addition, holding baby and breastfeeding/bottle feeding put tremendous stress on the neck, upper back, shoulder region, arms and lower back. Chiropractic care can help alleviate many symptoms that new moms experience.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN
A child’s early years – from before birth to age six – are very important. Healthy babies are more likely to develop into healthy children, and healthy children are more likely to grow up to be healthy teenagers and healthy adults.
The purpose of a Healthy Baby/Healthy Child check-up is to help children get a healthy start in life. The program monitors the growth and development of your child through routinely scheduled visits. Physical examination, vital statistics, dietary intake, gross and fine motor skills and mental-cognitive development are checked for optimum health. Discussions around breastfeeding and food introduction focus on allergy prevention and optimal nutritional intake. Special diets can be assessed and modified to meet the needs of your growing child. In addition to the regularly scheduled healthy baby check-ups, natural treatment options are offered for newborn concerns, including acute infections, breastfeeding concerns, colic and skin conditions.
Healthy Spine/Healthy Child
Finding a great pediatric chiropractor can help a child achieve a healthy functioning nervous system, that equates to a healthy mind, body, and spirit that is self-healing and self-regulating. Whether you are bringing your newborn in for a checkup or your child as they grow up, it is always a good time to get the spine checked and to prevent stresses on the spine and promote proper posture.