© 2017 by Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen | Naturopath Victoria BC. 

Juniper Family Health

314-1175 Cook Street Victoria, BC V8C 4A1

Tel: 778-265-8340

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Fertility & Pregnancy 

Preconception

Fertility

Pregnancy

Preparing for a healthy pregnancy and baby starts in the preconception period, 3-6 months prior to conception. 

Preconception care with Dr. van Drimmelen includes:

  • Optimizing nutrition

  • Starting on a high quality prenatal vitamin

  • Decreasing toxin load

  • Discontinuing hormonal birth control or IUD

  • Stress management

  • Optimizing BMI

  • Basal body temperature charting

  • Preconception laboratory testing  

  • Regulating menstrual cycles and supporting ovulation

  • Addressing and treating any underlying health concerns

During the preconception period, the goal is to help you feel as vibrant and healthy as possible to help optimize fertility outcomes.

If you are having problems achieving or maintaining a pregnancy, naturopathic medicine can help address the underlying factors that may be impeding positive fertility outcomes. 

Common fertility concerns Dr. van Drimmelen addresses in her practice:

  • PCOS and anovulatory cycles

  • Endometriosis

  • Poor Ovarian Reserve

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Male factor infertility (low sperm count, motility or morphology)

  • Recurrent pregnancy loss

  • Unexplained infertility

‘Unexplained Infertility’ is a term used when standard diagnostic procedures cannot determine the underlying cause of fertility concerns. Naturopathic medicine may be able to diagnose and treat some of these factors that impede a couple’s fertility including:​

  • Luteal phase defect

  • Sperm DNA fragmentation

  • Nutritional deficiencies (ie. vitamin D)

  • Food intolerance (ie. celiac disease)

  • Immunological factors

Naturopathic fertility treatments include the use of dietary modifications, vitamin and mineral supplementation, herbal medicines, acupuncture, and bioidentical hormones.

 

These treatments can be used on their own or  in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

As your baby grows, and your body and hormones start to change, naturopathic medicine can offer an invaluable source of support to help guide you through your 40 weeks of pregnancy.

 

Seeing a naturopathic doctor during your pregnancy will help to promote wellness for both you and the baby. Naturopathic doctors work with midwives, family doctors, and/or obstetricians as part of an integrative maternity-care team. 

Dr. van Drimmelen's pregnancy support program includes:

  • Holistic monitoring and assessment for each trimester

  • Detailed dietary plan

  • Pregnancy specific nutritional supplementation

  • Guidance on medical interventions and testing options

  • Promotion of lifelong wellness for baby through maternal nutrition and support for stress, anxiety and depression

  • Labour preparation and cervical ripening 

  • Natural induction 

  • Support for prevention and treatment of pregnancy related health concerns

  • Postpartum support