Wellness Wednesdays: 11 Tips to a Healthier Pregnancy

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Wellness Wednesdays: 11 Tips to a Healthier Pregnancy

Wellness Wednesdays: 11 Tips to a Healthier Pregnancy

For this week’s post, our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, has some healthy pregnancy advice for those who have or are trying to conceive.

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Meet Us Mondays: Deborah Fergusson, RN and Out of Town Patient Program Coordinator


Deborah Fergusson, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

Deborah Fergusson, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

Hi, I’m Deborah and I’m one of the registered nurses here at Genesis. In addition to my other responsibilities, I help coordinate the Out-of-Town Patient Program.

I guess you could say I’ve lived my life in many chapters, from backpacking through Europe and tree planting in the north (where I met my husband), to raising our four children in East Vancouver and starting an award winning health care gaming studio, each an amazing adventure in its own right. I received my BSN from UBC in 1992, and outside of work you might find me skiing, running a half marathon, traveling, dancing, or playing chauffeur for my kids.

My current adventure has me building on a 12-year nursing career, which has given me the opportunity to work with thousands of families bringing children into the world (as a labour and delivery nurse). This path led me to Genesis and I couldn’t be happier that it did. It’s a real pleasure to work in an innovative environment committed to excellence, alongside such a compassionate and dedicated team of professionals. I love my work: the chance to be part of something so meaningful in the lives of our patients is both an honour and a privilege for which I am grateful.

Drishti Magazine: Eeva

We’ve been featured in “Canada’s Premiere South Asian Lifestyle Magazine”! Drishti Magazine had a chance to interview our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, about the use of Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva), the first use of the assisted reproductive technology in Canada.

To view the article, please click here or the image below!Drishti Magazine - Eeva

Fertility Food Fridays: Zesty Guacamole

Are you up for a Mexican fiesta? If so, Root to Fruit registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr‘s latest recipe for making zesty guacamole might be the perfect addition to your weekend feast. It’s also an especially tasty and nutritious treat for those suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Fertility Food Friday: Zesty Guacamole

Fertility Food Friday: Zesty Guacamole

Zesty Guacamole

Avocados are a beautifully symbolic fertility food: an avocado takes nine months to grow from blossom to ripe fruit, and it even looks like a woman’s womb! But beyond this symbolic imagery, avocados are packed with nutritional properties that nourish female fertility. High in monounsaturated fat, avocados can boost fertility by lowering inflammation in the body. As a low-carb, low-sugar, and very high fiber food, avocado is a great choice for blood sugar regulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Also high in necessary fertility vitamins C, E, B6 and folate, try to include at least 1 avocado per week in your pre-conception and fertility diet.

What makes this guacamole so special is the inclusion of the lime zest. Melding with the cilantro, green onion and garlic, it makes for a very complex flavour. You could use lemon zest & juice in place of lime, but it won’t be quite the same. Whatever citrus juice you choose to use, this guacamole will last in the fridge at least 4 days without going black, as the citrus juice keeps it fresh.

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Daily Parent: When is the Right Time to Have Kids?

Daily Parent‘s Gina Roberts-Grey had a chance to talk to our medical director about the pros and cons of waiting to have a baby. Read about Dr. Sonya Kashyap’s advice as well as those from other medical professionals in the article, “When is the Right Time to Have Kids?

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, our medical director, talks to Daily Parents about the pros and cons of having children at a later stage in life. (Photo Credit: ThinkStock.com/Daily Parent)

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, our medical director, talks to Daily Parents about the pros and cons of having children at a later stage in life. (Photo Credit: ThinkStock.com/Daily Parent)

Wellness Wednesdays: Why I Should Walk During IVF


Fitness for IVF

Walking is the basic low intensity exercise that can be used by just about everyone to provide both physical and mental health benefits at no cost to themselves, other than a little time and energy.

We know that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is stressful and one of the most difficult parts is removing yourself from your usual activities such as exercise. Yet in general, women taking part in IVF programs are advised to limit physical exercise to help increase their chances of conceiving.

This is to minimize potential complications of IVF that can arise from strenuous exercise, creating additional problems rather than improving pregnancy rates. Exercise can cause and/or exacerbate issues such as ovarian torsion.

However, that does not mean that there are no benefits to be gained from light strenuous activity. For those who are more active usually, it won’t feel like much; but for those who are less active, now is a good a time as any to prepare your body for pregnancy.

So what are the health benefits of taking part in light exercise such as walking during IVF treatment?

Alan Kemp from Alanfitness.ca in Vancouver is here to share some of his fitness knowledge with you.

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Fertility Food Fridays: Non-Toxic Coloured Easter Eggs

Happy Easter!

Still need a good recipe for Easter eggs? Fret not – Root to Fruit registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr has the recipe for you – the non-toxic formula is perfect for those who want to paint eggs during this holiday.

Fertility Health: Non-Toxic Coloured Easter Eggs

Non-Toxic Coloured Easter Eggs

Most women begin trying to reduce their toxic load while preparing for pregnancy by favouring organic food, avoiding food and beverage containers with BPA, and switching to more natural cosmetics and cleaning products. I applaud these efforts, as there’s so much unavoidable toxicity in our air, water, and food that it’s wise to reduce toxic exposure wherever possible.

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Meet Us Mondays: Carla Bondoc, RN and Pharmacy Co-ordinator

Carla Bondo, RN at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Carla Bondoc, Registered Nurse and Pharmacy Coordinator, Genesis Fertility Centre

My name is Carla Bondoc and I’m a registered nurse and pharmacy co-ordinator at Genesis Fertility Centre.

I graduated from Kwantlen University in 2006 and worked on the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at VGH for three and half years. I later pursued my passion for working with babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at BC Women’s Hospital. In 2012, I was blessed with the birth of my baby girl; She is my “tiny miracle”. She was born at 25 weeks and 6 days and spent three months at the NICU, the same hospital that I worked at. It was an unforgettable journey that taught me both professional lessons as a nurse, and personal lessons as a new mother.

When it was time to go back to work a year later, it was hard emotionally as it brought back both the good and not so good memories. Despite my love for working with babies, I made the decision to look into a different area of nursing, and that is how I landed at Genesis Fertility Centre. I am very happy to be a part of this dedicated, hard working and compassionate team. I really admire Dr. Kashyap’s passion to help every single patient achieve their goal of having a healthy pregnancy and building a family.

As a NICU nurse, I’ve seen the hardships of parents who conceived through ART as they face the challenges of having multiples with complications of prematurity. It is truly a roller coaster ride for them. Therefore, Dr. Kashyap’s advocacy for single embryo transfer whenever possible will help prevent the many complications of multiple births. I’ve learned so much in the past 11 months and I am still learning something new everyday. It is a wonderful feeling being able to help others fulfill their dreams of having a family.

When I am not working at Genesis, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading a book and creating custom blend mineral make-up for Prettier in Green.

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Buckwheat Salad

For a zesty treat to brighten up your spring day, try registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr‘s recipe for buckwheat salad. A definite must-try for those who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Buckwheat Salad

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Buckwheat Salad (Photo Credit: TheHealthyFoodie.com)

Spring Buckwheat Salad

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Enjoy this colourful, anti-oxidant-rich salad as a side dish or light lunch served over a bed of baby greens. It’ll also be a hit at any potluck! Buckwheat is a gluten-free whole grain packed with B vitamins, zinc, fiber and D-chiro inositol, an important substance for women with PCOS. Choose high-quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds in order to benefit from their healthy fats. The radish, cucumber, green onion, lemon juice, and green apple stimulate the liver to gently cleanse the body, but you can use any veggies you have on hand.

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Meet Us Mondays: David Wilson, Andrologist

Andrologist at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Hi, I’m David.  When people ask me what I do I jokingly say, ‘I make babies.’

I’m an andrologist, which means I specialize in working on the male side of the process.  I work on anything sperm related, from a profile to a freeze to a surgical sperm preparation.   I spend my days tucked away in the lab.  If I do meet you, I’m happy to answer any questions about what it is that we do.  I’m proud to be part of a close-knit, proactive and experienced lab team, which is part of a larger Genesis family.

I have been working at Genesis since early 2010.  I’ve had a varied career path before my arrival here.  I spent the majority of my time prior working in laboratories of the mining industry.  I got sidetracked for a bit and had a short stint as a RCMP constable.  I came to Genesis looking for a career where I could really make a difference.  Through further education and much training I have been lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to work here.  I enjoy it immensely.  It’s both challenging and rewarding.  To play a part in helping patients realize their dreams of having a baby is a great honour.  Eventually I hope to become an embryologist, but whatever my future entails, I plan on remaining in the fertility field.  I’m not a person that always knew what they wanted to be when they grew up but I feel that at Genesis I have found a home.

I was born and raised in Vancouver.  When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, keeping fit running or at the gym and playing lots of hockey.  If you see me with a black eye or limping around the clinic, that’s the reason.  I also like to do a lot of reading and I especially like to travel when I have the chance.

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