Breech Babies Turn 30% More With Our Therapy

baby bump

Dr. Whitney’s 1st baby bump back in Sept 2013

At our clinic we often use the Traditional Chinese Medicine Technique known as moxibustion to help turn babies from breech into the proper birth position. Now, there is scientific evidence proving its effectiveness published in 2013 “Acupuncture and Medicine” journal. 3 arms of the study were compared:

  1. True moxibustion plus regular prenatal care was compared with
  2. Sham moxibustion (done on an ineffective point)and regular prenatal care and also compared with
  3. Regular prenatal care

This study found that the moxibustion performed helped turn the baby 30% more often. This is great evidence supporting our therapy we have been using since day 1.

If you are pregnant and between 32-35 weeks gestation, consider coming to the clinic for our acupuncture intake session with your partner. Here is the protocol you will follow:

  • Call or email us to book a special Acupuncture Intake appointment
  • Come with your partner or a friend who will learn the technique
  • During your appointment get a moxibustion treatment and instructions
  • Leave with instructions and supplies to perform at home daily 20 minutes a day for the next 2 weeks

After you have your beautiful baby, come on back in for a well baby check and let us help you with the numerous questions you will have.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Whitney Young ND & Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND

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

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,

Whitney

Another Positive Pregnancy Test!

Another positive pregnancy test and ultrasound!

preggers

We are so pleased for this couple we have been working with for a year. They are a lovely couple who have been trying to conceive for over 7 years.

When they joined our clinic last year we did a series of acupuncture treatments with the mom-to-be for an IUI – Intrauterine Insemination. There were a couple failed attempts sadly.

Then, this spring they decided to go the next step of IVF – Invitro fertilization. Both husband and wife came in for assessments and started supplements, dietary and acupuncture regimes for 3 months. Their fertility clinic decided to switch to an IUI based on her bloodwork and ultrasound during the cycle that was meant to be an IVF cycle.

Low and behold – a positive pregnancy test! This is the first time she has been pregnant and is almost near the end of her first trimester.

Congratulations!

Rooted’s BBQ Season Survival Guide

  1. Bring your own food
  2. Bring a drink that won’t make you bloated.
  3. Bring something with fresh ginger in it.  Ginger has great carminative propertie,s which means it helps your digestion. Try this salad dressing:
    • Combine ½ tsp of grated ginger, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp tamari, 4 tbsp raw sesame oil, 1 mashed clove of garlic
  4. Drink Kerri’s Popular Cocktail
    • Kerri always gets stopped at a party when she’s drinking a version of her rehydrating beverage. “Ooooh, what are you drinking?!” It’s just a large glass with ice, ¼ cup of colourful juice, topped all the way with water. Sometimes she adds cut up fruit.
  5. Exercise during the day before you go – this way when you eat the extra calories – which we all know you will 😉 you won’t feel as guilty.

BBQ party

Can we drink while we are trying?

When you struggle with fertility issues, it seems like people are always asking “when are you going to have kids?”

If you avoid alcohol while you are trying, people might assume you are pregnant and ask you about it. And then you get the painful reminder, yet again, that you aren’t pregnant yet.

Drinking and infertility

So what’s the research say about alcohol and fertility? Should you really avoid it?

It’s always up to you, of course. You might like a glass of wine now and then but here is what the research says:

Men

  • Alcohol is linked with testicular atrophy, decreased libido and decreased sperm count
  • Decreased semen volume
  • Poor sperm morphology and motility
  • Oxidative stress has been found to systemically increase with alcohol consumption

Women

Women who experienced hangovers were more likely to be infertile than women who did not have hangovers. The amount to cause the hangover was not clear

One drink a week to 5 drinks a day can have various effects including:

  • Increasing the time to pregnancy
  • Decreasing probability of conception rate by over 50%
  • Decreasing implantation rate

 

Bottom Line

So, ideally, avoiding alcohol for both men and women is a good idea while you are trying. If you do decide to drink, try to keep it in moderation. I hate to be the bearer of bad news – but there you have it.

We love working with couples and fertility, consider booking a free meet the doctor consult to see how we can help.