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  • Dr. Sara Vivona

Getting Pregnant & Staying Pregnant

Today, more and more women are having trouble getting pregnant or actually maintaining pregnancy. I see a large number of women with these problems who are ready to try a more natural, safer and cheaper approach for healing infertility. Throughout the years I found that there are three main reasons that may be causing infertility.

1. The Immune System

Most women who are suffering from infertility usually have something stuck in the reproductive organs that shouldn't be there. This "thing" could be anything. I often find metals, chemicals, toxins, and immune system challengers. (AKA little friends we pick up that stick around for way too long) In the case of infertility, the body identifies these foreign substances and tells the immune systems to get rid of them. Unfortunately, the immune system isn’t strong enough to completely eliminate the problem. Instead, it keeps sending out weak immune cells and increasing blood flow to the area(AKA inflammation). When you are fighting a losing battle, what is one thing you could do? Send more troops! As this battle rages on and on, the body is inadvertently attacking the reproductive organs. What we do is identify what part of the immune system needs help. What that part needs to be able to get stronger and handle the challenge in that area so the baby can grow as it should.

2. Detoxification

Toxins. Beyond what I talked about under the immune system paragraph. Toxins are like sludge. If you’re unable to flush out the garbage, you will get backed up, clogged and your whole body just doesn’t work very well. The main organs we work on here are the liver, the guts, and kidneys. If you aren’t able to detoxify, it is because one or all of those are unable to detox by themselves. Often these women suffer from constipation too.

3. Poor Diet

Women today aren’t eating the food they need to be healthy yet alone create another life. Here are the top 3 dietary causes of infertility.

  • Too Much Sugar

Refined sugar or processed sugar is in everything nowadays so even if women are trying to eat healthily it is virtually impossible to not eat sugar. Sugar will shut off your immune system, cause inflammation and take nutrients from your body. White sugar, found in most processed foods, has no nutritional value. If you were to eat it, your body has to pull nutrients from other organs to make it usable for energy. Eventually, these other organs will run out of nutrients themselves and won't be able to function sufficiently. Try Stevia or Monk Fruit instead.

  • No Fat Fad

Humans need fat to live, especially women. Our brain is made up of fat, our nerves are surrounded by fat and our organs are cushioned by it. Our hormones are also largely much made up of fat. If you want to have a healthy pregnancy, you need to have healthy hormones that are balanced. To do that you need to eat good fat, which would be grass-fed butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, avocados and olive oil. Fat is essential for life. Most women trying to become pregnant need to eat more fat than a regular human would.

  • Processed Food

Anything in a box, a bag or a can isn’t healthy. They usually have a lot of sugar in them and the processing act takes out a lot of nutrients. Today's processed food is not natural. It actually doesn’t even taste good until all the flavorings, preservatives, colors, and other additives are put in. Look at boxed mashed potatoes. A box lasts on the shelves for years and has 15 + ingredients meanwhile homemade mashed potatoes made from fresh potatoes has 1-3 ingredients and will not last more than a few days before it spoils.

Ideal Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy

  • 55-65 grams of healthy fat a day. Ideally, your grams of fat should equal your grams of protein + your grams of carbs. Download an app called chronometer and it will do this math for you!

  • 4 fistfuls of fresh vegetables a day

  • 1-3 palm-sized portions of grass-fed, organic meat or seafood

  • Liver once a week. (Grind it up and add it in with any ground meat you eat. You can't even tell it is there!)

  • Fermented foods and beverages daily( Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, Kevita)

  • Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces

  • Specific supplements (one of our doctors will determine which nutrients you are lacking and the best supplements for you to take)

  • Fresh Spring or Filtered Water


  • Trans Fats

  • Polyunsaturated vegetable oils (clear, odorless oils)

  • Refined and artificial sweeteners

  • Soy

  • Wheat Flour

  • Soda

  • Processed Foods

  • Fast Foods

I love working with infertility. If mom (and dad) is healthy, the baby is healthy. Baby will then be raised to be healthy and then their kids will be healthy. It’s this whole cycle that continues on and on.

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