When planning to start a family, it is ideal to take a few months to build your and your partner's health prior to conception. Maternal health at conception and during pregnancy is a strong determinant of the health status of the future child. Regular exposure to tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, chronic medication use (e.g., oral contraceptive pill) can deplete essential nutrients.
Environmental toxins such as industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, preservatives, and heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury) can bioaccumulate in the body, affecting the health of various organs (such as the liver which can affect hormonal regulation).
Paternal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy and baby. Research shows male smokers have lower sperm counts and higher sperm abnormalities, which can decrease fertility and increase miscarriages. Both Environmental and lifestyle factors can affect your fertility, your pregnancy and the health of your unborn child.
Preconception planning helps you identify any health concerns that may prevent you from being at your healthiest. Dr. Lee and Dr. D'Alessio, Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors can assist you implement safe and effective strategies you and your partner to improve your chances of conception, a healthy pregnancy, and give your children the best possible start in life.
Treatments are safe and effective on its own, as well as complement assisted reproductive technologies. One of the most popular treatments used for fertility is acupuncture. Many recent studies have shown that acupuncture can enhance fertility, and can double the rates of pregnancy when used with IVF. Other naturopathic treatments include nutrient supplementation, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counselling.
Continue your care with Dr. Lee, ND or Dr. D'Alessio, ND for a healthy and optimal pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
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