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Stephanie Paver RD, LLC

 Fertility

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I have helped women successfully conceive. I’d love to help you too!

If you experience infertility related to PCOS or some other cause, there is a lot we can do. Genetics, nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalance, stress, toxins and other factors can affect your ability to conceive.


Getting Pregnant

Whether you are trying for the first time, have suffered the anguish of miscarriage, or have been labeled as infertile, I am so glad you are here. I want you to know there is hope. Preparing your body for pregnancy is the wisest and most important decision you can make. In today’s modern world, pregnancy has become so medicalized and expected that we tend not to think twice about it until there’s a problem. We put our trust in the latest medical advancement while losing sight of the crucial role we play in making it happen. Yes, you have agency.


What is your situation?

Trying for the First Time

I’ve had many patients tell me that their doctor advised them to stay on birth control (BC) until they decide to get pregnant. Once they stop BC, they can start trying. This is bad advice. BC not only depletes the body of essential nutrients, it also turns off normal hormonal signaling. You should give your body 6 to 12 months to prepare for pregnancy, especially if you’ve been on BC.

Data taken from a German prospective study, Gnoth  et al. , 2003.

Data taken from a German prospective study, Gnoth et al., 2003.

Overcoming Miscarriages and Infertility

There are a number of factors that can affect your ability to conceive and sustain a pregnancy. Common causes of pregnancy difficulties include hormonal imbalance, poor egg quality, age, stress, nutrient deficiencies, overexposure to chemicals and conditions such as PCOS, Celiac Disease and Diabetes. Women with PCOS are usually dealing with several of these factors, including insulin resistance, low progesterone, high testosterone, nutrient deficiencies, and stress. Or perhaps, like me, you ovulate later than the textbook norm of ‘day 14’. Maybe you have genetic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), requiring greater amounts of specific nutrients needed to make new blood cells and sustain life.

Statistics taken from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, New England Journal of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic.

Statistics taken from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, New England Journal of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic.


PRE-CONCEPTION CARE BEGINS BY TAKING CARE OF YOU.


How I can Help

I can help you discover more about your body. Tracking your basal temperature can help you know when you ovulate. Measuring hormone levels and monitoring your symptoms can tell you about imbalances. Testing your nutrient levels can indicate deficiencies. Once we have this information, we can modify your diet, utilize targeted supplementation, and employ stress mitigation techniques. I may also refer you to experts who specialize in acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and massage. Together we will take a deep dive to discover why you’re unable to conceive, and we will make a personalized action plan that addresses your unique needs.

  • Basal Temperature Tracking: Using your basal temperatures and my favorite fertility apps, you will understand the intricacies and variables of your cycle and be confident of when you ovulate.

  • Lab Testing: We can do a deeper dive to learn more about how your body is functioning. These tests will help us to target the imbalances. Some of the tests we can perform are:

    • Hormones

    • Genetics

    • Micronutrient levels

  • Meal Planning for Pregnancy: Pre-conception health is important to optimize your chances of becoming pregnant. It also supports a healthy fetus from the beginning. It’s important to prepare for pregnancy because the baby’s nervous system starts to form before you could even verify you’re pregnant. Also, once you become pregnant, your daily requirement of several nutrients increases to support the developing fetus.

  • Vital Supplements: We will use supplements to close the gap between what your diet provides and what you need. This may be short term to replete deficiencies or to provide necessary amounts of nutrients to support pregnancy. For example, many prenatal vitamins do not have adequate amounts of iodine and choline which are essential for fetal development. Depending on your diet and deficiencies, I may recommend adding these nutrients to give your body what it needs to succeed.

  • Collaboration: I want to fully support you alongside your other healthcare professionals. I believe in having open communication with your doctor and the rest of your care team to achieve our goals. In this way we can take a full body (functional) approach to support your healthy pregnancy.

Basal body temperature is your body’s temperature at rest and should be taken in the morning immediately after waking. An increase in temperature of 0.5-1 degree mid-cycle indicates ovulation. This graph shows the increase in basal body temperature at ovulation, which is sustained during the luteal phase. Temperatures for this graph were borrowed from a patient’s data journal.

Basal body temperature is your body’s temperature at rest and should be taken in the morning immediately after waking. An increase in temperature of 0.5-1 degree mid-cycle indicates ovulation. This graph shows the increase in basal body temperature at ovulation, which is sustained during the luteal phase. Temperatures for this graph were borrowed from a patient’s data journal.

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