Category Archives: Fertility

Is There an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Diet to Improve Pregnancy Success?

Is There an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Diet to Improve Pregnancy Success?

While there is no one-size-fits-all IVF Diet, focusing on your nutrition can certainly improve your IVF success.  Let’s discuss a few important strategies for supporting your health to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy with IVF. The IVF Diet is a Mediterranean Style, Low Carbohydrate, Anti-inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet When 160 couples undergoing… Continue Reading

Fertility Strategies to Improve Egg Quality

Fertility Strategies to Improve Egg Quality

For the woman over 35 who has been told she has “old eggs,” can egg quality be improved for IVF or natural conception? In my practice, women over 40 (or even younger!) who are struggling to conceive are often told by their physicians that they have “old eggs.” What does that mean?  And, are there… Continue Reading

Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Supporting postpartum recovery for new moms is an essential skills for all women’s health physical therapists, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and other women’s health and wellness professionals.  The postnatal year is a time when women need emotional support, practical support, and physical support. Today we’re going to discuss vital aspects of nutrition for supporting tissue recovery… Continue Reading

How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

If you want healthy children, support the health of their parents. In my practice, supporting mom and dad’s health begins even before conception. As a clinical nutritionist, I work with women every week who struggle with fertility or who simply want to be as healthy as possible before they get pregnant.  Reducing each woman’s environmental… Continue Reading

Celiac Disease and Infertility

Celiac Disease and Infertility

What is the impact of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease on unexplained infertility? A recent study prospectively examined the role of undiagnosed celiac disease in couples with unexplained infertility (Karaca et al., 2015).  Several important pieces of information came out of this report.  First of all, it’s essential to test both partners for celiac disease… Continue Reading

The Impacts of Air Pollution on Fertility

The Impacts of Air Pollution on Fertility

When women are struggling with infertility for no apparent medical reason it can be extremely frustrating. Thus, I decided to review the literature on the impact of air pollution on fertility in women to determine the impact of this less modifiable variable (compared with variables such as nutrition, exercise status, sleep, etc.) In a systemic… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

Optimal nutrition support for our client begins before she even conceives. Birth control pills make it difficult for women to absorb some nutrients that are essential for healthy pregnancy. Ideally, women who were previously on birth control pills will replete those nutrients before conception. Nutrients that are not well absorbed while women are on birth… Continue Reading

The Top 4 Causes of Amenorrhea: Guest Post From Nicole Jardim

The Top 4 Causes of Amenorrhea: Guest Post From Nicole Jardim

Your period is missing! Where and why did it go? When will it come back? Why is this bothering you so much when you’ve wished countless times for your period to go away anyways? Anyone who has experienced Amenorrhea knows about the anxiety caused by our friend who usually visits every month, suddenly going M.I.A.… Continue Reading

How To Build Healthy Breastmilk: Good For Babies and Moms

How To Build Healthy Breastmilk: Good For Babies and Moms

“I make milk. What’s your superpower?” – Unknown For the moms in your practice who decide to breastfeed, there is so much that you can do to encourage them to build the healthiest possible milk. There are several factors to building healthy milk.  Optimizing the early feeding environment is essential to reducing the baby’s long… Continue Reading