Yoga for Fertility

Yoga Can Help with Fertility

Begin each practice with a seated meditation. Breath deeply through nose and exhale through the mouth.  Repeat 2-3 times. End each practice in the corpse pose. Lie on back with low back supported letting your legs roll outwards and your arms out to the sides of your body. Palms facing upwards.Continue reading

Prenatal / Fertility Nutrition

  1. Omega 3 fatty acids: best source: fish. Due to mercury content of a lot of seafood, it is best to be cautious. Eat 12 ounces/week of low-mercury fish such as:
    • Canned light tuna, salmon, trout (fresh water), anchovies, calamari, caviar, crab (king), whitefish, scallops, herring, sole, salmon, shrimp, clams, oysters, sardines.
    • Supplement with an omega 3, 6, 9 plant based product such as Udo’s oil. 1-2 tablespoons/ day
  2. Iron: Check levels and if low supplement. Source suggestion: Floradix liquid or hemoplex. Foods: dark, leafy greens, beets, red meat, grains, beans, legumes etc. 10 mg iron: ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds/ 1/2 cup tofu. 5 mg iron: 1 cup spinach/ chickpeas/ kidney beans/soya beans/ whole wheat flour/ 100mg mussels/ 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses/1 tablespoon kelp granules/ 100 g fried apricots. To assimilate properly iron absorption needs folic acid, Vit C, B6, B12, calcium & copper.Continue reading

Post-Partum Diet Advice

Rebuild qi (energy): oats, mulitgrains (7-grain, kamut, barley etc) brown rice, wild rice, potato, sweet potato, mushroom (shitake etc), yam, basil, cinnamon, clove, dill, fennel, fenugreek(good for breast milk production), ginger, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme, jasmine tea

Rebuild Blood: sweet rice, beetroot, dark leafy greens, apricot, avocado, date, kidney bean, black sesame seeds, egg, soya milk, red meat, spinach, corn.Continue reading

Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Post-Partum Support

At our clinic we offer support during pregnancy by stimulating the body to prepare itself for delivery. This procedure is called, Cervical Ripening.  It has been noted that the Cervical Ripening protocol helps labour to progress at a normal rate and can help shorten the average time spent in labour.  This procedure and post partum care can also enable the woman to recover more effectively after the baby is born.  Chinese medicine teaches us that vital energy or “qi” is depleted by labour and also by the energy necessary to care and feed the baby.

Acupuncture can also be helpful for the following conditions experienced both during and after pregnancy:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches & pains
  • Breech presentation
  • Induction
  • Post-partum depression
  • Mastitis

Our therapies can include acupuncture, herbs, laser acupuncture and massage.