Cosmetic Surgery for Your Eggs

Hi there,

Make your eggs new again! The latest, greatest research can turn back the time on your eggs.

Well, kind of. Older women who are struggling with getting pregnant often have issues with the quality of their eggs. Their eggs are as old as they are. I have older women ask me, should I bother to keep trying? Well, here’s another option that will keep them in the game a bit longer.

IVF

If they are doing IVF – invitro fertilization – they may have embryos that just don’t make it. The cells may not have the energy they need to do all the rapid divisions needed to make a baby.

In recent clinical trials, Fertility Clinics, including a progressive one in Toronto called TCART, are experimenting to sort of make the old eggs new again.

The mitochondria of the cells are the “powerhouse” of an egg to give it the energy it needs to function optimally. Researchers have found that the ovaries possess cells like stem cells where they can take newer mitochondria and then inject them into the older egg. Egg with young mitochondria meets sperm.

This new technology has some good anecdotal success and we are waiting for official results.

In the meantime, taking some supplements like CoQ10 and eating foods with CoQ10 can improve your mitochondrial function.

Talk soon,

Whitney

Source: Globe & Mail Fertility Treatments

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,

Whitney

 

Sources:

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

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

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Blueberries

  1. There are about 30 different species of blueberries
  2. Blueberries are native to many parts of the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere – North America, Europe, and Asia
  3. They are a very good source of Vitamin C, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber
  4. The health benefits are mainly due to the anthocyanidins which are amazing antioxidants. Tufts University rated 60 different fruits and vegetables for the antioxidant capability and blueberries had the highest rating.
  5. Blueberries for the brain – the antioxidant activity may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. They are used to improve vision and protect against age-related macular degeneration and may protect against cataracts.
  7. They help with urinary tract health. Blueberries have the same compounds that are found in cranberries that stop E. coli from binding to the urinary tract which is the most common cause of urinary tract infections
  8. Blueberries are also traditionally used to treat both diarrhea and constipation. They help with constipation because of the fiber and they help with diarrhea because they contain tannins with help to firm up loose stools.
  9. Don’t wash blueberries until just before eating. Washing will remove the substance on the skin that keeps it from degradation.
  10. When using frozen berries in recipes that don’t require cooking, thaw the berries first before using. If using them in cooked recipes, use unthawed berries to maximize their flavour.
  11. Bonus number 11! Have you been to Blueberry Hills Farm? http://www.blueberryhillsfarm.ca/  Pick your own blueberries from their pesticide-free patch.

Source – The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods – by Michael Murray N.D.

Blueberries

Getting kids to eat veggies

We have become quite removed from our food chain in today’s world.  Drive-thru windows, convenience foods, and ready-made meals make it easy to forget where our food comes from.

It’s also easy to forget what fresh food tastes like.  Fresh as is as nature intended.  Farmer’s markets are making a comeback as is the eating local movement.

 

Mommy has to get the strawberry stains out after a successful pick your own berries day :)

Mommy has to get the strawberry stains out after a successful pick your own berries day 🙂

 

We have taken the approach with our kids to immerse them in fresh food.  To connect them with what they eat.  Here are a few ways to engage your kids with food:

  • Plant some food.  Kids are more eager to try foods that they had a hand in growing.  Let them pick some seeds, plant them, and care for them.  You only need a small area of your yard, or use planters on your deck or porch.
  • Take them to the farm.  Sign up for a CSA and pick up your food weekly.  It’s a great way for them to see how a farm operates.
  • Go to the ‘pick your own’ farms.  Berries in early summer, pumpkins in the fall.  Help them understand that food grows from the ground not in the store.
  • Let them get dirty!  Watering the garden and picking weeds can be made to be fun.
  • Check out the farmers market.  Your kids can often try different foods right there and the farmer’s can tell them some cool stuff about what they are eating.

Salads all around!

Our little gardner

 

Asparagus Soup

1 tbsp of coconut oil

3 green onions, sliced – fresh from the garden!

3 small red potatoes, cubed– organic preferred

¾ of a bunch of asparagus, cleaned, broken into pieces

1 quart of organic chicken broth

½ cup of water

 

Melt coconut oil in soup pot over medium heat

Saute onions in pot

Add red potatoes, chicken broth, and water, bring to boil

Add asparagus when potatoes almost tender.

Blend with hand blender, food processor or blender. I kept the tips out of the blender step (that’s why you see chunks in the soup pot!)

Enjoy!

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What’s the right weight for optimal fertility?

Weight is a touchy subject for most people. The majority of women don’t feel they are at their optimal weight for a number of social reasons these days. But what do the facts state? How much should you weigh to have the best chances for conception? Here are the guidelines based on the research:

Weight Impact on Fertility
Obesity (BMI > 35) Time to conception increased 2 fold
Underweight (BMI < 19) Time to conception increased 4 fold

So, for women who’s BMI was under 19, it took them 4 times as long to conceive.

Now, how about the men? Here is an article about BMI and Waist Circumference and Sperm.