To ultrasound or not to ultrasound

Hi there,

20 Weeks Whitney















Somewhere between week 18 and 20 pregnant women usually go for an anatomy ultrasound to check how baby is doing and maybe find out the sex of the baby.

I had mine a week ago and we found out it’s a…..drum roll please…..sorry, you’re going to have to wait a little longer before I tell you. Yes, that was mean.

My ultrasound was with a new tech who was being coached by a more experienced tech. It was a nice experience because they were chatting about this and that about my baby. So I got to see and understand a bit more about what I was seeing when I was craning my neck to watch what they were doing for an hour.

Is ultrasound safe? 

It is generally believed to be safe for mom and baby, is painless, gives results quickly, and is convenient, however because “a form of energy and, as such, demonstrates effects in biological tissues it traverses (bioeffects).(1)”

50% of physicians and obstetricians polled believed ultrasounds in low-risk pregnancies should be kept to 1-3 and 70% disapprove of “keepsake/entertainment” ultrasounds (2). However, is this based on fact or generally held beliefs?

The risks of ultrasound are thermal and mechanical.

I tried to find more research about the exact mechanisms and some definitive answers for you but this was very challenging. I think this topic is a whole thesis that I could spend a lot of time on.

My general philosophy is to strive for the least amount of intervention necessary. If you need another ultrasound for medical reasons I think that’s very important. Discuss the risks and benefits with your health care provider to help you make up your own mind.

I thought I would just put this out there as food for thought.

Stay tuned for more highs and lows of pregnancy….I think my heartburn has just started and there is still so much time to go! I’m in trouble!

Talk soon,




1. Semin Perinatol. 2013 Oct;37(5):295-300.

2. J Ultrasound Med. 2007 Mar;26(3):319-25.


I’m pregnant! Week 19

Hey there,

I thought it would be great to share my journey with you as I go along. It would be fun to share any new information I learn during my pregnancy with you if you are also going on a pregnancy journey.

I’m in the good phase now. Ask Kerri or my husband how I was at the beginning. I was not very fun to be around at times! Grumpy and bitchy Whitney. I think I remember at one point saying “remind me never to get pregnant again!” So, I wasn’t very happy I guess. I was very tired, nauseous and grumpy.

But as quickly as it came on, it went away.

Now I’m in the good phase. I’m loving being pregnant. Baby is starting to make itself known with some movements, which is very exciting!

I haven’t started my 2nd trimester teas yet but I should really get on it. I’ve been fairly faithful with my supplements.

I’ll talk to you soon with more updates. If you are pregnant let me know how you are doing!

Talk soon,


Whitney Belly week 19

Benefits of Fish Oil in Pregnancy

Fish oil in pregnancyOne of my patients recently asked me about fish oil for pregnancy. She had heard that it’s good for the babies brain but she wasn’t sure what else it was good for or what kind to take.

Research has shown there are a few wonderful things about fish oil for your baby:

  • reduces the rate of pre-term births
  • increases cognitive functioning
  • reduces the prevalence of allergies later in life
  • helps to prevent eczema (atopic dermatitis, asthma and allergic rhinitis

So when should you start supplementing? As soon as possible or at least during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters as this is the critical time for brain development.

Choose a fish oil that:

  • has at least 0.3g of DHA in it, high potency is better
  • tested for heavy metals and PCBs

We have a great one at the office that is a high potency and clean source of fish oil. I recommend this to all my pregnant moms along with some other essential nutrients.

I would love to hear how your supplementing during pregnancy is going!

Talk soon,


What should I eat when I’m pregnant?

With so much excitement and so many books about pregnancy, it’s sometimes hard to know what to eat.

While we believe that your body will tell you much of what you need, there is some promising research with respect to eating a Mediterranean Diet while pregnant.

Studies show that following a Mediterranean Diet while pregnant is associate with:

  • decreased wheezing in infants
  • less atopic diseases (eczema, food allergies, and asthma)

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

  • The base of the pyramid is having fun, being active, and eating with others
  • Then it emphasizes fruits, veggies, and unrefined grains as the base to meals
  • It then adds seafood twice weekly
  • Legumes and nuts are major protein sources eaten daily
  • Extra virgin olive oil is the main fat source
  • Poultry, eggs and dairy are consumed in favour of red meat that it only enjoyed a coupe of times per month
  • For dessert, fruit is the base

Not sure how to make this work for you?  Come on in for an assessment and let our doctors help you make the most of your pregnancy.