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Getting Pregnant Naturally & the Benefits of Natural Childbirth

26 Jul

The Body, the Mind & the Heart

20 Jul

Genetic Diversity

13 Jul

‘Should we wait to have kids?’

7 Jul

Have a listen my answer to the question “Should I wait until we have all our ‘ducks in a row’ before trying to conceive?”

The links between Fertility, Sun Exposure, and Vitamin D

6 Jul

Male Fertility – the lifestyle burden isn’t just on women

10 Feb

Male Fertility

Ok guys, this one’s for you!  I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here are factors that may affect male fertility that you might not have thought about.

The quality of sperm is a measure of both the sperm’s genetic integrity and its capacity for fertilizing an oocyte (egg). Poor sperm quality has been associated with abnormal sperm motility (movement) and the inability to complete the processes of fertilization. The following may negatively impact sperm and may have other negative effects on male fertility:

  • Oxidative stress – think alcohol consumption, the standard american diet, and lack of exercise

  • Being overweight – not only does this affect your sperm’s ability in the fertilization story, but it may affect your future child’s health!

  • Smoking cigarettes or marijuana

  • Steroids

  • Cocaine

  • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – especially those used regularly

  • Certain antibiotics, especially when taken the 4 months before trying to conceive

  • Specific pesticides and chemical solvents

  • Sedentary jobs

Please remember that optimizing your fertility holistically isn’t just about the woman.  It’s about both people optimizing their fertility to increase your odds in any given attempt. GO TEAM!

If you need help, schedule an appointment today.

Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies

15 May

Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies

This time of year, Dallas women often ask me if I can help them with their allergies. They are tired of taking Zyrtec, Claritin, or Benadryl on a regular basis and unhappy with the side effects that sometimes accompany such medications. For women that have experienced some of those side effects – such as headaches, fatigue, and even a possible (though so far unproven) connection to infertility – there is often a strong desire to understand why the allergies exist in the first place and what options are available beyond simply masking the symptoms.

 

‘Allergies’ is a term commonly applied to symptoms such as runny nose, conjunctivitis, asthma, hives, or eczema that often occur in association with a season or exposure to certain foods or substances like pollens, pet dander, or dust. In fact, a wide variety of symptoms and systems may be involved in allergic or ‘sensitivity’ reactions that occur when a person’s immune system no longer tolerates seemingly harmless substances. Although some allergies are fixed, correcting imbalances can minimize the severity of symptoms. Indeed, other sensitivities may be reversed entirely with the proper attention.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at the D-Moms Blog.

 

Green Products for Mom on “D-The Broadcast”

8 Mar


Dr. Naumes shares her favorite Green Products for Mom on “D-The Broadcast“.

Dr. Naumes speaks about Fertility on “D – The Broadcast”

7 Mar

Fertility Tips with Dr. Naumes on D Broadcast

Dr. Kate Naumes on “D- The Broadcast” discussing fertility tips.

The Impact of Diet on Fertility

6 Feb

The Impact of Diet on Fertility

 

Most women start eating healthy around the 13th week of their pregnancy (after the nausea subsides), but for the most enjoyable pregnancy and the healthiest baby, I encourage my clients to start improving their nutrition at least four months before conception. This week I want to talk about the importance of food and digestion as it relates to preparing for conception and maximizing fertility.

How do you do that, you say? The best meals for a typical woman trying to get pregnant are meals that are organic whole-foods based and rich in protein, vitamins, and essential minerals. Whole foods are those that are made with simple and pure ingredients that are nutrient-dense and minimally processed. Over time, consuming healthy foods prepares your body for pregnancy, in part because it encourages ideal body composition, including a healthy amount of fat and muscle mass. (Too much or too little body fat can have negative effects on fertility.)

Additionally, the health of your digestive system contributes to the quality of your overall health because it determines how well you absorb nutrients from food. We’re used to thinking of bacteria as a bad thing, but friendly bacteria line your intestines and help to break down food to make the nutrients more available. This bacteria can also help deal with certain toxins present in foods, preventing damage to your body. To encourage friendly bacteria, consider taking a daily high-quality probiotic (because you can’t count on your yogurt to provide all of your probiotic needs). Furthermore, before getting pregnant, it’s a good idea to identify food sensitivities that may potentially trigger immune reactions during pregnancy.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

The Importance of Preconception Care

29 Jan

Importance of Preconception Care

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, your health in the months prior to pregnancy is more important than you might think. Preconception care is important for making healthy, happy babies. If a woman is in optimal health before conception, she increases her chances of having a full-term pregnancy and a successful delivery with minimal medical intervention. Cases of premature births, low birth weight, and health problems in newborns and infants could be prevented with proper preconception care.

According to an article in Midwifery Today, the health of the mother and the father prior to conception is reflected in the health of the pregnancy, delivery, and the new baby. As a further benefit, women who have gone through a guided detoxification program before conception have an easier time during the third trimester.

A licensed naturopathic doctor can work with you to set the stage for a healthy pregnancy. If you have already been trying to get pregnant for over a year or have been told that you have infertility, you may particularly benefit from working with a holistic practitioner. Just how effective is preconception care? The Foresight Study implemented a program of integrative preconception care for 300 couples struggling with infertility. Within two years, 89% of these couples that had previously been declared infertile had conceived naturally without the help of IUI or other similar fertility interventions. Of those who had experienced a previous miscarriage, 83% had given birth to a healthy baby within three years of the study without experiencing another miscarriage.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

The Safest, Most Effective Beauty Products for Expecting Moms

22 Jan

 

Safe Effective Beauty Products

 

During pregnancy, women often find that they are more mindful about the products they use every day on their skin. How can you find skin-nourishing and pampering products to enhance your glowing skin? Nature provides wholesome alternatives to the usual toxin-laden drugstore products. Choosing botanical and all-natural body products is important because most of what we apply on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream and can have effects on a developing baby.

The cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated and conducts little to no research on the long-term safety of their products. Unfortunately, conventional body products contain some hormone-disrupting ingredients that are toxic to the reproductive system. How can you avoid these? A good rule of thumb is to choose products with fewer, more natural ingredients whose names you can pronounce. Busy moms often want to switch to natural products but don’t know how to navigate the many options in the organic body care aisle.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

Optimizing Your Fertility

15 Jan

Optimizing Your Fertility

This week we’ll talk about some ways to naturally improve your fertility. As an added bonus, achieving your optimal state of health before getting pregnant makes it more likely that you will have a healthy, glowing pregnancy and a healthier baby.

The year leading up to pregnancy is a key window for making changes that support radiant health, inner beauty, and optimal fertility. Some of these changes might sound like your new year’s resolutions, so if you’re trying to get pregnant, here’s extra motivation to stick with them!

    1. Start decreasing your exposure to harmful chemicals now.
      • Reduce the pesticides that you ingest by choosing organic fruits and vegetables
      • Use all-natural body products, choose green cleaners for your home, and never dry-clean your clothes.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D Magazines D-Moms Blog

Guide to Safe Drinking Water

30 Nov
This week let’s talk about getting that dewy glow from drinking more clean filtered tap water. Goodbye luminizer! Hello sleep and water!

Even though, relatively speaking, Big D has better tap water than most cities (#12 on the Environmental Working Group’s list), agricultural pollutants, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors are some of the common pollutants that still show up in Dallas’ drinking water. Endocrine disruptors can negatively impact a couple’s chance of conceiving, as well as presenting risks to the endocrine system (which includes ovaries and thyroid). This isn’t a luxury either, getting rid of your exposure to endocrine disruptors by filtering your water may be the difference between you getting pregnant again or not. And if you thought drinking bottled water was the solution, think again – bottled water is almost always worse. (Buying bottled water is akin to you buying your own tap water and then putting it into a plastic bottle that later goes into a landfill.) Instead, let’s take a look at the EWG’s Guide to Safe Drinking Water excerpted and condensed below:

  • Tap Water: Learn what’s in it.
    • Tap water suppliers publish all their water quality tests. Bottled water companies don’t.
  • Filtered Tap Water: Drink it, cook with it.
  • Filters: Change them.
  • Bottled Water: Drink filtered tap water instead.
  • On the Go: Carry water in safe containers.
  • While Pregnant: Stay hydrated with safe water.
  • Infants: Use safe water for formula.
  • Breathe Easy: Use a whole house water filter.


Now that you have the 411 on optimizing water intake for you and your family, (not to mention your developing baby if you happen to be pregnant), it’s important to point out that replacing your sodas and alcohol with your clean water will work wonders. Ok, check back with me soon to educate yourself on how much water to drink, how often, and why it is important!

Fertility 101 for Couples

26 Nov

Pre-conception & Fertility Optimization – Private Classes for Couples

ONGOING | 6 Week Series | 90 Minute Weekly Private Sessions

Please email frontdesk@naumesnd.com to schedule
with Kate Naumes ND

Dr. Kate Naumes, ND is enthusiastically offering a program for optimal pre-conception preparation. Pre-conception care is what you do to prepare yourself to become pregnant. Come learn how to enhance your health in preparation for optimal fertility, a healthy full-term pregnancy, a straightforward labor, a rapid recovery, successful breastfeeding – and of course, a bright, healthy beautiful baby! Learn how nutrition, changes in body composition, exercise and sleep can positively impact male and female fertility and impact the health of any future pregnancy. Learn how to protect yourself from exposure to substances in the environment that can decrease fertility and harm a developing baby. Your future baby will benefit from the simple, non-invasive, cost-effective tools that naturopathic medicine has to offer during the pre-conception period. We will use journaling, discussion, and creative hands-on projects to explore mind/body issues surrounding fertility.

Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of pre-conception care, including lower rates of miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight babies, and early-term babies (preemies). The Foresight Study, conducted in England, showed the effects that proper preconception care has on fertility. Out of 300 couples who had previously been declared “infertile”, over 89% were pregnant within 2 years without the assistance of IUI (Intra-uterine insemination) or other similar fertility interventions. The same study showed twice the success rate of in-vitro fertilization in couples who were also undergoing optimum preconception care.

Over the course of 6 weeks we will:
– Learn through interactive, creative participation, in a spirit of fun and curiosity
– Improve nutrition, exercise and sleep habits as it relates to optimizing fertility
– Learn how men’s food choices, emotions and stress responses can positively affect the genetics of your future child
– Learn how to positively impact the health of your sperm

Who is this class for?

– “We plan on becoming pregnant in the next 6 months to 1 year”
– “We have been diagnosed with infertility and we want to explore natural ways to promote conception”
– “A doctor has already recommended IVF or IUI, but I have heard that these work better when I am as healthy as possible”
-“We have had multiple miscarriages and we want to learn to optimize our health naturally to decrease the chances of another miscarriage”

Group Class 6 week series –
To inquire about pricing or to signup for your Pre-conception & Fertility Optimization for Couples Series please contact us at frontdesk@naumesnd.com