Do you worry you won’t get pregnant, stay pregnant, or have a healthy baby? Infertility rates are on the rise. Women are waiting until later in life to start a family. It is more important than ever to start understanding exactly how to take control of your fertility. Your hosts are Dr. Haylee Nye, a licensed naturopathic physician, and Kristin Cornett NTP, a certified nutritionist. We dive deep into what truly causes disease, infertility, complications in pregnancy, and what can ultimate lead to a chronically ill child.
In episode 34, we interview registered dietitian Lauren Manaker about how to support male fertility with diet and lifestyle. Her brand-new book, Fueling Male Fertility, is a fantastic resource full of simple strategies men can use to start improving both sperm quality and overall health. Throughout the episode, we talk about why a food-first approach is really the way to go, which nutritional protocol has been shown to be most effective for male fertility, and the specific types of nutrients men need to focus on with both diet and supplements. We also go into lifestyle habits that influence male fertility and share why it’s important not to hyper-focus on one area of health at the expense of others. This is definitely a must-listen for women who want to learn more about how to get their partners on board with preconception changes! You can find show notes for the episode, along with links to Lauren’s website and book at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/34.
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In episode 33, we talk about how food sensitivities can affect your fertility and help you determine whether it's time to start making some adjustments to your diet. We go over the most common culprits for food reactions, why foods like gluten and dairy get such a bad reputation when it comes to fertility, and the two types of elimination diets we most often recommend to our clients. We also discuss testing options and talk about the unique functional approach we use for food sensitivities in our practice. This episode will be especially helpful for you if you're experiencing frequent digestive symptoms, aches and pains, allergies, skin issues, sinus problems, hormone imbalances, or unexplained infertility. You can find show notes for the episode on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/33.
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In episode 32, we interview reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Lora Shahine, about recurrent pregnancy loss and the reality of conventional fertility treatments. Dr. Shahine is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of miscarriage and has even written a book on the subject, called Not Broken. The book helps couples navigate the often disheartening and frustrating process of trying to investigate the cause of multiple losses and also provides an evidence-based resource on treatment options that can help increase the chances for a successful pregnancy in the future. In the episode, you'll learn about the most common cause of miscarriage, the first steps to evaluating a couple that has experienced multiple losses, and some of the things you can start doing now to reduce your risk. We also talk through some of the myths surrounding fertility and conventional treatment options and give you advice on how to choose the right clinic and care team for you. You can learn more about Dr. Shahine and find links to her book, website, and social media here: https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/32.
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In episode 31, we help you understand the basics of conventional fertility testing and treatment options. Although our practice is all about natural and integrative fertility care, we still want you to understand when it might be time to seek out help from a fertility clinic and what to expect when you get there. We go over the 3 types of evaluations you'll typically receive, how the different treatments options works (IUI, IVF, etc.), and the side effects, risks, and costs associated with each one. We also give you a realistic look at success rates for each treatment and discuss some of the things you'll want to consider when choosing a fertility clinic and treatment course. As a side note, we are NOT experts in conventional fertility care and you should definitely discuss specific questions or concerns you have about treatment with your clinic or reproductive endocrinologist. You can find show notes for the episode on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/31.
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In episode 30, we interview functional nutritionist, Krista Barlow, about her journey through infertility and IVF. When Krista started struggling to conceive, she was fully committed to using nutrition and natural medicine to work through it and get pregnant on her own. But after 6 long years, she finally decided to seek help from a reproductive endocrinologist to investigate further. And it turns out that, despite doing everything in her power to overcome infertility naturally, she would ultimately need IVF to start her family. In this episode, Krista shares her entire story and we also talk about when you should consider conventional testing/treatment, how to maintain your health and sanity while going through IVF, and why it's so important to always trust your intuition! You can find show notes for the episode and links to Krista's website and social media on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/30.
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In episode 29, we interview Board Certified Pediatrician and preconception care expert, Dr. David Berger. His practice, Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care, is focused on holistic medical therapies for chronic disorders in both children and adults, including autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders. Dr. David also helps couples prepare for pregnancy with preconception counseling, testing, and treatments that are aimed at optimizing the health of the pregnancy and baby. Today, he shares with us how his approach to autism and other chronic conditions is different than conventional medical therapies and how we can actually reduce the risk of our children developing these conditions by intervening BEFORE we try to conceive. Dr. David also dives into some of the specific testing, treatments, and lifestyle modifications he recommends to couples who want to do their best to prepare their bodies for pregnancy. You can find links to Dr. David's website and blog on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/29.
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In epsiode 28, we interview Razi Berry about her personal health and fertility journey. After having her debilitating symptoms continually dismissed by conventional doctors and being told in her 20's that she'd never have children, Razi sought help from a naturopathic doctor. Not only was she able to heal from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, but she was also able to naturally conceive 2 healthy children! Her miraculous health turnaround led her to become an outspoken advocate for naturopathic and mind-body medicine and she's dedicated her career to getting the word out. Tune in to hear Razi's incredible health and fertility story and to learn about what sets naturopathic medicine apart and how it can help you uncover true and lasting health. You can find links to Razi's website, her podcast, and her social media on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/28 .
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In episode 27, we interview naturopathic physician and fertility expert, Dr. Jaclyn Chasse. Her practice, Perfect Fertility, is dedicated to fertility, sexual health and family wellness. Today, Dr. Chasse talks to us about egg quality, including how to properly assess for ovarian reserve, the 4 primary factors that negatively impact egg quality, how to test for each of these factors, and specific steps you can take to improve egg quality and boost fertility. You can find links to Dr. Chasse’s website and her upcoming May 11th fertility class for practitioners on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/27.
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In episode 26, we interview Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack. Lisa is the host of the popular Fertility Friday podcast and the author of The Fifth Vital Sign. She helps women understand how to track their menstrual cycles for birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health and we're excited to have her with us to talk about how to identify your fertile signs. You'll learn what the Fertility Awareness Method is and how to use it, why cervical mucus is so amazing and why you can't get pregnant without it, and how tracking your cycle can help you identify when something is going wrong with your health or fertility. You can find links to Lisa's podcast, book, and social media on our website at https://tinyfeet.co/my-podcast/26.
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In episode 25, we interview infertility warrior, miscarriage survivor, and scientist, Amy Beckley. Amy is the founder and CEO of Proov, the first at-home rapid response urine progesterone test. Motivated by her personal infertility experience and her desire to empower other women to better understand their fertility, Amy used her PhD in Pharmacology to create Proov. Tune in to hear Amy's story and to learn all about progesterone, including why it's so important to fertility and pregnancy, why it's not always easy to identify when progesterone is too low, some of the causes of progesterone imbalances, and how Proov can help you determine if progesterone levels are an issue for you. You can view show notes for the episode and find links to Proov here.
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In episode 24, we interview naturopathic doctor, women's health expert, and author of Period Repair Manual, Dr. Lara Briden. We discuss polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is a highly misunderstood condition affecting about 10% of women and contributing to 20-30% of infertility cases. Dr. Briden covers why PCOS is so frequently misdiagnosed, how it SHOULD be diagnosed, and the 4 different sub-types of the condition (all of which require different healing approaches). We also talk about why conventional treatments for PCOS are so often ineffective and dive into the specific naturopathic and nutritional therapies that can help women restore their health and fertility. Whether you've been diagnosed with PCOS, you suspect you may have it, or you're questioning the diagnosis you've received, this episode is for you! You can view the show notes for the episode and find links to Dr. Briden's website and book here.
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In episode 23, we interview naturopathic doctor, women's health expert, and bestselling author of Beyond the Pill, Dr. Jolene Brighten. She talks about the many side effects that hormonal birth control can cause in a woman's body, how this can impact long-term health and fertility, and what women can do to balance their hormones, recover their health, and conceive successfully after birth control. Dr. Brighten unpacks a lot of the myths surrounding hormonal contraception and validates the experiences of women everywhere who have had their symptoms and concerns dismissed by their healthcare professionals. Combining the latest scientific research with her vast clinical experience helping women heal from post birth control syndrome, Dr. Brighten shares invaluable information to empower you on your health and fertility journey. You can find links to Dr. Brighten's website, book, and free Post Birth Control Detox Diet Guide here.
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In episode 22, we interview Dr. Carrie Jones about how to receive a comprehensive functional assessment of your hormones beyond what you get from blood tests at your doctor's office. She gives an overview of the DUTCH (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones) test and explains how it's different from conventional hormone testing and why you should consider it when you're trying to conceive or struggling with infertility. We go over all the markers on the DUTCH and share how each of them can be used to uncover the root cause of hormone imbalance symptoms or trouble conceiving. We also discuss specific things women can do to address hormone imbalances and improve their fertility. View the episode show notes here.
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In episode 21, we interview mind-body wellness and high-risk pregnancy expert Parijat Deshpande. She talks about her book, Pregnancy Brain, and gives us some insight on why we need to be mindful of our stress and stay connected with our bodies - especially during fertility challenges and pregnancy complications. Parijat also shares some inspirational advice on how to process negative emotions like grief, anger, shame, and resentment in a healthier way. You can find links to Parijat's work, including her website, podcast, and book here.
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In episode 20, the husbands tell all! We interviewed our own partners about their experiences with preconception care and fertility optimization. Dan and Matt each have unique perspectives when it comes to their health and their role in the pregnancy preparation process and we wanted to capture a little bit of the male point of view. If you're having trouble getting your man on board with diet or lifestyle changes to support their health and fertility, this is the episode to share with them. We’re excited to let you behind the scenes and introduce you to the men that keep our worlds turning!
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In episode 19, we talk in-depth about male fertility. We discuss the different lab tests that can evaluate sperm quality and hormone balance, the specific medical conditions and lifestyle habits that can contribute to reduced fertility, and actionable recommendations to help men improve their sperm quality, fertility potential, and overall health.
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In episode 18, we interview registered dietitian and women's health expert, Ayla Barmmer MS, RD, LDN about the important role of detoxification in health and fertility. There are A LOT of misconceptions about detoxification and Ayla's going to help clear those up for you today! You'll learn what detoxification, why it's so important for overall health and the ability to conceive, and what circumstances may increase your need for detoxification support. Ayla also shares actionable recommendations for SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY supporting your detox pathways and, ultimately, improving your fertility. You can learn more about Ayla on her website at https://bostonfunctionalnutrition.com/ and be sure to follow along with her on Instagram @aylabarmmer!
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Are you currently eating a vegan diet while trying to conceive or while pregnant? Are you considering a vegan diet due to ethical, environmental, or health/fertility concerns? Then tune in!
In this episode, we discuss what you absolutely MUST know if you plan to start or stay on a vegan diet during preconception and pregnancy, including the NINE essential nutrients that you may be missing out on from food and what you can do to try to close these gaps. We also talk about some of the major reasons people choose veganism and why the ethical and environmental concerns are not as black and white as you might think.
We do talk a lot about KEY supplements in the episode and you can access our entire FREE course on How to Choose the Best Prenatal Supplements here!
Other resources we recommend:
Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols RDN, CDE
The China Study: A Formal Analysis and Response by Denise Minger
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith
A Vegan Dietitian Reviews “What the Health” by Virginia Messina MPH, RD
In this episode, we talk about common health symptoms that can have a major impact on fertility and your future baby's health and what you can do to investigate and address them. We also go into why we don't always recognize when something is going wrong with our health and help you understand the specific symptoms you need to be watching for if you're wanting to get pregnant in the next year.
We have a FREE quiz that goes along with this episode to help you identify which symptoms apply to you. Access the quiz here!
Other resources we discuss:
FREE course: How to Choose the Best Prenatal Supplements
Work with us: Functional Lab Testing & Review Consults
Online Assessment: Tiny Feet Fertility Assessment
In this episode, we interview real food dietitian and bestselling author, Lily Nichols RDN, CDE. She talks about her incredible book, Real Food for Pregnancy, and goes into which foods we should be eating during preconception and pregnancy, why conventional nutrition advice is often terribly outdated, and how we can start making simple changes to support our fertility and the long-term health of our babies.
We also dive into evidence-based reasons that a vegan diet should be seriously reconsidered when trying to conceive and while pregnant. We cover some of the specific essential nutrients that are missing from this type of diet and why supplementing may not be enough to close these nutrient gaps.
We're so excited to have Lily with us today and to share her work with all of you!
Links to Lily's Work
Books: Real Food for Gestational Diabetes and Real Food for Pregnancy
Facebook: Lily Nichols RDN
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In this episode, we interview Kristy Dishmon, an NTP colleague of Kristin's who spent more than a decade in debilitating pain before finally being diagnosed with endometriosis. Since discovering nutrition 3 years ago, Kristy has been on an incredible journey to heal her body and reclaim her life from chronic illness. She is now living almost completely pain-free by supporting her body with nourishing foods, a healthy lifestyle, and other natural therapies. Listen in to hear her entire story, all the way from the onset of her symptoms to the specific protocol she's using today to get and stay healthy.
Kristy's miraculous health turn-around sparked a passion in her to help other women get to the root cause of their symptoms and heal from chronic illness. She received her Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification in 2018 and started a nutrition practice called The Rooted Life.
If you're inspired by Kristy's story and want to learn more about how she can help you, you can find her on her website at https://www.therooted.life/ or on Instagram @endo.foodie!
Other resources we discussed:
FREE Checklist: 7 Ways to Reduce Pain & Boost Fertility with Endometriosis
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In this episode, we dive into the complex topic of endometriosis and infertility. If you have endometriosis, you probably already know that there's no cure and that the conventional treatment options are limited. But you might not have heard about the MANY natural therapies available that can help you recover your health, reduce your pain, and increase your fertility!
Dr. Haylee and Kristin share the most up-to-date research on what contributes to the development and spread of endometriosis, how the condition is diagnosed, how it can lead to infertility, and what you can do to start getting your life back and increasing your chances of a successful pregnancy.
We also have a special FREE download that provides you with a quick-reference guide for the interventions we discuss in the episode. Download your checklist for 7 Ways to Reduce Pain & Increase Fertility with Endometriosis now!
In this episode, Dr. Haylee and Kristin discuss risk factors for miscarriage and how couples can increase their chances of a healthy, full-term pregnancy. You'll learn which health conditions, nutrient deficiencies, and environmental exposures can contribute to pregnancy loss, what you can do to address these risk factors, and which tests are most important to consider if you have a history of miscarriage.
We also have a special guest interview with one of Dr. Haylee's patients. She's going to share her personal experience with loss and talk about some of the things she's done to work toward having a healthy pregnancy in the future.
This episode is brought to you by our Tiny Feet Fertility Assessment, which is the tool we created to provide you and your partner with an individualized action plan to improve your fertility, prepare for a healthy pregnancy, and reduce the risk of chronic illness in your future child. You can learn more and access the assessment here: https://tinyfeet.co/the-assessment
Other resources we discuss in the episode:
Dr. Isabella Wentz (thyroid healing): https://thyroidpharmacist.com/
Genetics Blog Post: Oh SNP! Three Genetic Variations That May Affect Your Fertility
EWG Produce Guides: 2018 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce
FREE Prenatal Supplements Course
FREE Fertility Recovery Guide
Dr. Haylee and Kristin continue the discussion about gut issues and fertility. While the last two episodes focused on Dr. Haylee’s and Kristin’s personal gut experiences, this episode takes a deeper dive into gut function.
In this episode we cover how digestion shouldwork, the most common problems with digestion, what causes them, and how these issues ultimately impact fertility. We also discuss adjustments you can make to your diet and lifestyle to improve digestion, in addition to how to find a qualified practitioner to help you investigate your gut function further.
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Kristin shares her experience with complicated gut issues and the long, winding path she's taken to find relief from her symptoms and restore her fertility. She discusses the FIVE treatments she's been through for SIBO, her eventual discovery of multiple parasite infections, her recent diagnosis with an autoimmune condition, and the current dietary protocol she's following to keep her health on track.
We also do a deep dive into how gut dysfunction affects fertility, the specific functional tests we recommend to investigate digestive issues, the necessary components of a gut healing protocol, and why personalization is the key to success when treating the gut.
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Dr. Haylee share's her personal journey with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and her recent experience with using the elemental diet to heal her gut.
In this episode, you’ll learn what IBS and SIBO actually are, how they’re diagnosed, the symptoms they typically cause, and the possible treatment options to address them. Dr. Haylee also talks about the multiple treatments she’s been through for IBS/SIBO and some of the missteps she’s had along the way.
If you’re having problems with your digestion, you’ll definitely want to tune in! Gut health is a critically important part of optimizing both overall health and fertility, but it’s almost completely ignored in conventional fertility medicine. We’re going to help shed some light on why you should spend time investigating your gut during preconception and how you can get started.
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With Dr. Liz, we explore the 3 P's: Paragons, Phthalates & Perfumes - ingredients in personal care products that can negatively affect your fertility. We give you great resources on how to find out if what you are using in your bathroom is actually harming you and how to find clean alternatives.
Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty ND, RAc is a Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Acupuncturist with nearly a decade of clinical experience. She founded Two Rivers Health in Ontario, Canada and focuses her practice on preconception, pregnancy, postpartum & pediatric care.
She has a background in toxicology and passion for understanding how personal care products can affect one's fertility and the health of baby.
You can find her at https://www.tworivershealth.ca or https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.cherevaty
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Are you wondering exactly what nutrients are the most important to take when preparing for pregnancy? You will be surprised, it's not what you think! Dr. Haylee and Kristin break down the 6 essential supplements that research shows will improve your chance of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy! We give you exactly why you need these nutrients, the form and amount you need to look for when choosing a supplement, and what you absolutely need to avoid. This episode is sponsored by our FREE course "How To Choose The Best Prenatal Supplements"
In this episode we teach you why sleep is so important to your health and how it can help you enhance your fertility through things like balancing your hormones, boosting your metabolism, and taming inflammation in your body. If you're interested in learning more how you can quickly boost your fertility with 5 simple steps, download our FREE Fertility Recovery Guide
Dr. Haylee and Kristin discuss how certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in our DNA can affect how well we can utilize specific nutrients, such as choline, folate and vitamin D, in our body. The top three SNPs discussed are MTHFR, PEMT, and VDR due to their significant impact on fertility and long term health of baby.
Dr. Haylee she tells us about her background, her health obstacles including her scare with losing her ability to conceive at a young age, and her journey to finding naturopathic medicine. During medical school, she found a passion for preconception care and fertility. After her residency, she launched the online fertility platform, Tiny Feet, with her husband and Kristin.
In today's episode, Kristin introduces herself and tells her story of how she struggled with her health and found healing with nutrition. From financial analyst to a certified nutritionist, Kristin now helps other couples find their best health to realize their dream of having a healthy baby.
In this inaugural episode, Dr. Haylee & Kristin explain what preconception care is, why it's important, and how it can affect the long-term health your future baby. They introduce the Tiny Feet Fertility Assessment, an online fertility planning platform for couples wanting to conceive and have a healthy baby.