Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Posts Tagged: To Get Pregnant

My top 5 ways to prepare for a Successful IVF

To support you on your fertility journey, I have gathered my Top 5 resources to improve your chances of IVF success. When you are preparing for an IVF cycle, it can sometimes feel like your body is a bit out of your control. You want your time, energy and investment to result in a healthy pregnancy, but it seems like most of the decisions are in the doctor’s hands. However, there are still things you can do to improve the odds.

This is the time to invest in your well-being and...

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Stress and Fertility: Does it matter?

In response to a study that made headlines recently concluding that stress does not seem to affect IVF outcomes, many of my clients have been asking me questions about the efficacy of things like acupuncture, meditation and yoga (all things I recommend to many of my clients!).

This is good news!

In this study, the researchers looked at how stress, anxiety and depression affects IVF cycles, and I am actually glad that they found that it doesn’t have a negative impact. It takes the pressure off of women and couples to try to stay calm and positive during their IVF cycle...

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Chemicals, Fertility and Reproduction

You are what you eat... and breathe... and slather on your skin... and store your food in. Chemicals in our environment can act like hormones when they get into our system, which can muck up the reproductive system and make getting pregnant difficult.

In Chinese Medicine, we consider these things "toxic Heat" and they can dry up cervical secretions, thin your endometrial lining and take a toll on your egg quality. For guys, they reduce semen volume and increase the number of abnormal sperm.

These chemicals are all around us, so what can you do about it?

Here's a great...

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The Magic of Change

It is early morning, so early that my family is still asleep and the house is quiet. The snow is gently falling outside and I am sitting quietly with a cup of tea, thinking about making babies.

One of the constants in my fertility practice is asking people to make change. And often I am asking them to change something that gives them comfort or pleasure! I will ask them to stop eating the things that they crave, or to spend less time relaxing in front of the TV. I may even suggest doing more exercise and almost always give...

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Eat a Low GI Diet to treat PCOS

A local nutritionist, Meghan Telpner, is doing a 5-day Low Glycemic Index eating challenge to support you in creating healthier eating habits.

Eating Low GI has proven to level out insulin levels and decrease the physical symptoms of PCOS which helps to improve fertility. If you have PCOS or would just like to eat healthier, check out the challenge, starting November 5. Eating Low GI:

  • Reduces sugar cravings
  • Balances mood
  • Enables and sustains healthy weight loss
  • Helps prevent a multitude of diseases including cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes
  • Balances hormones
  • Improves energy
  • Improves sleep

I am doing it! Will you??

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