Pregnancy and Difficulties That Families Face
In the last week, conceiving has been brought up several times. This can be a sensitive subject, and I will do my best not to over-step my boundaries.
Over the last 12-years, many patients have come to me in hopes of getting pregnant. I will be very honest, I am not the one that allows this to happen, but a healthy body allows one to carry a baby to term…I am simply the vessel that is helping the mother get there. No matter your religious beliefs, an unhealthy mother cannot carry a baby to full term, or if they do, the child may suffer from neurological/metabolic dysfunctions.
With that being said, I have helped several couples achieve the goal of having a cute a “little one”. Now, I want to give everyone that has had a hard time conceiving some things to think about.
Where Do You Start?
I always recommend starting with the male first. Sorry, mom-to-be’s…but, there are less working parts that have to be considered with us males.
Males, I recommend you having your sperm count and motility checked, to begin with. Go see how healthy those swimmers are. There are many things that can be done to help improve if the number counts are low/motility is not great.
Ok, on to you women! See…much less to consider!
Hormones Are Affected by…
- The adrenal glands
- The thyroid gland
- Liver function
- Blood sugar instability
- Gut function
Did you notice that hormones were at the bottom of the list? This is much, much different from what a lot of couples are told. You can look at the hormones, but if they are not where they should be, the top 6 reasons above can be the culprits.
I am Sooooo, Stressed Out!
Stress impacts your adrenal glands, causing an increase in cortisol, which can eventually cause your adrenal glands to decrease in function (adrenal fatigue/failure). Your adrenal glands impact your thyroid gland, which controls all your hormones!
Are you not sleeping well? Having a hard time falling and staying asleep? These are indicators your adrenal glands may not be working optimally. Are you DRAGGING when you wake up in the AM? Not only adrenal gland dysfunction, but thyroid gland dysfunction can cause this symptom.
Rule in/out Autoimmune Disease
The most common autoimmune disease in women with thyroid gland dysfunction = Hashimoto’s Disease. Many, many women have consulted with me in order to help get them healthy before trying to conceive. Some of those women were having miscarriages prior to getting healthy. Remember, it is very difficult to carry a baby to full term when the mom is unhealthy.
Before you stress out…if you have an autoimmune condition, you CAN still have a healthy baby! In situations where we know a patient has Hashimoto’s Disease (in this example), due diligence is extremely important during the pregnancy.
Liver, Liver, and…more Liver!
Your liver is extremely important in regards to hormones. It plays a vital role in clearing exogenous hormones from the body. Did you know that the number cause of infertility in the U.S. is PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)? This due to an imbalance in womens’ hormones. One of the major causes of PCOS = diabetes = due to blood sugar dysregulation!
Eat Throughout the Day
Blood sugar instability will completely throw off the adrenal glands, which in turn affect the thyroid gland, which then affects the hormones. When blood sugar is dropping, the adrenal glands kick in to increase cortisol. Too much cortisol = inflammation!
Inflammation Affects Everything!
Inflammation can cause a lot of destruction throughout the body…especially the liver and the gastrointestinal lining. If you have been reading my blog posts, you know that 80% of the immune system is located within the gastrointestinal lining. You want the immune system as healthy as possible.
I do like looking at the hormones, don’t get me wrong. But, I was to go after the true problem, which could be everything I have been discussing.
One other factor to consider…there could be an autoimmune attack on the ovaries/testes. Based on the hormone results, I sometimes recommend running an autoimmune panel on the reproductive glands from www.cyrexlabs.com
What To Do Now?
Well…if you have all of these pieces of the puzzle from your doctors, give me a call. If you don’t have all of these pieces of the puzzle yet, GIVE ME A CALL!
However, there is only one stipulation…no matter if the baby is a boy or a girl, you must name them Corey/Cori! Just kidding!!!
Give me a call if you need some help and guidance: (866) Drking-1
P.S. – Please don’t keep me a secret! If you feel I have helped you and your family member(s), please share that news with others. Referrals mean the WORLD to me!!! Thank you!