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Preparing for Pregnancy

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 21, 2023 11:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi

couple pregnancy

Focusing on nutritional support and awareness of environmental toxins pre-pregnancy.

To start, couples wanting to conceive should begin preparing minimally three months prior to trying. Couples needing to make major lifestyle changes may  want to begin preparing about a year in advance.

Low sperm production, poor sperm motility and abnormal morphology are the most common causes of infertility in men.  Male-factor infertility is involved in approximately 30% of infertility cases.

Before and during trying to conceive,  men should eat a nutrient dense diet including adequate zinc, selenium, vitamins A,C,D & E, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. Some food options include fish and shellfish, seaweed, eggs, grass-fed full-fat dairy, organic beef, organ meats, nuts, beans and lentils, citrus, kiwi, bell pepper, leafy greens, asparagus, beets, brussels sprouts, broccoli and avocado. 

For women, the most common impediment to pregnancy is dysfunctional ovulation.  The reason many women under 35 have ovulatory infertility is PCOS. 

Naturopathic Medicine focuses on empowering lifestyle changes that you can learn and use into adult life. This is the cornerstone of PCOS treatment.  We create a treatment protocol with nutraceuticals, dietary changes and exercise to manage PCOS.

Some good news for those with PCOS. Losing weight improves your ovulation rate if you are overweight or obese with infertility due to PCOS. It also improves your chances of a full term pregnancy and live birth. 

It is also estimated that half of American women have insufficient iodine intake, which is needed for thyroid hormone production. Women deficient in iodine are half as likely to conceive in a cycle. 

Endocrine-disruption chemicals (EDCs) can also affect fertility in both women and men.  These substances are everywhere but it is possible to limit exposure to them.  EDCs include PCBs found in industrial solvents or lubricants; phthalates found in everything from food and drink containers to vinyl flooring, detergent, nail polish and perfume. Another EDC ,bisphenol A or BPA although no longer allowed to be used for baby bottles and cups is still used in food and beverage containers. Finally, parabens found in many cosmetics, skincare products, shampoos and conditioners.

We are your environmental detox experts! If you think exposure to environmental toxins is causing your health issues such as infertility, stop suffering, come see Dr. G at Second Nature Care where you can be tested for heavy metal and nonmetal toxins that could be making you sick or infertile.

We offer proven treatments for environmental detoxification.  I.V. ozone, clinical nutrition for detoxification, oral and I.V. chelation, RX homeopathic remedies for detoxification.  Call us to schedule your environmental detoxification consult. 

Contact Dr. G Today!

If you are unable to come to the office, do not let your geographical location stop  you. We are now offering telehealth consults.  If you are concerned about toxicity, check out our environmental detox program! 


Natural PCOS Treatment

Managing Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Male Infertility


Topics: Men's Health, Detoxification, Autoimmune Disease, Ozone and Prolozone therapies, Gut Repair, Healthy Living, Body Health, Women's Health

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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