Can Heavy Metal Toxicity Keep Me From Getting Pregnant?

The term “heavy metal toxicity” may sound frightening (or fictional), but it’s a real condition in which our bodies absorb heavy metals (like mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium and others) from environmental sources—including foods—and then holds onto them. Because we live in an ever-burdened chemical society, it becomes harder and harder for our bodies to release these substances. It primarily comes … Read More

RCOG Changes Guidelines on Alcohol and Pregnancy: Stay Away!

Recently, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists updated its guidelines for pregnant women and alcohol, stating that abstinence is the only way to ensure that a baby is not harmed. Previously the group had claimed that a couple glasses of wine a week was acceptable. In the U.S., health experts claim that there is no safe time to drink … Read More

Foods For Fertility

Trying to get pregnant this year? Here are ten of the best foods to include in your diet for optimal fertility. (P.S. They also make great pregnancy foods, too!) Pomegranate One of the less commonly consumed fruits, pomegranate is a great source of dietary fiber and promotes balanced cholesterol. It is also rich in antioxidants that combat inflammation, as well … Read More

What I Wish I Knew Before I Had Kids

Ignorance is bliss. There is no way you can possibly know or accurately anticipate what motherhood (or fatherhood) is going to be like until you experience it. If you knew too much, you might decide, uh, maybe not. Parenting is a mixed bag of wondrous, memorable experiences sprinkled with a lot of grief and heartaches you would prefer to avoid … Read More

Should We Have Another Baby?

With two small children happily thriving in our house, my husband and I face a dilemma many couples wrestle with when they reach this point in their lives: should we have another baby? The problem with this question is that our answer seems to change daily, sometimes hourly. When you’ve got the two kids, a boy and girl, everyone kind … Read More

How Do I Detox For Fertility?

January is that time of year when many look to the idea of a detox—out with the old from last year, in with newer, healthier ideas. But is detox really that great for fertility? Some fertility experts say no, but as a fertility nutritionist, I say yes. However, the way that someone chooses to detox is essential to whether it … Read More

5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Having Your First Child

If you’ve never had a baby before, you’re likely full of excitement at the prospect of starting a family. However, there are several factors to take into consideration before you get pregnant. Your living space, financial means and career all come into play. Here are five questions you need to ask yourself before having your first baby. 1. Can I … Read More

The Adjustment of Adding More Children

When you find that you are pregnant again, sometimes it may be met with a bit of shock and apprehension. Whether it’s a back-to-back baby, or a few/several years in between, the thought of adding more children to the bunch can make us feel a bit overwhelmed and/or nervous. A century ago families were typically large, with 6 or 7 … Read More

Taming Morning Sickness

While my bout with morning sickness was not as severe as others I have heard about, it was not something that I look back fondly on. My morning sickness left me with only 3 hours a day when I could eat without nausea. From 2pm-5pm, I was able to eat almost anything that I wanted, and get nutrition to my … Read More

Dealing With Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Like most women, I’m not a fan of packing on the pounds. When we become pregnant, especially the first time, this blissful feeling can wash over that makes us happy to know we don’t have to diet for the next 9 months. Husbands might even be happier too…seeing as a lot of times they have to suffer in our healthy … Read More