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Fertility Food Friday: Going Head To Head with Morning Sickness

Nikki Hurst RHN, The Movement Studio 

Being pregnant is an amazing adventure, with an amazing ending. However, for those of you who are or might be experiencing morning sickness during those first three months, here are a few tips to help get your through this uncomfortable time.

Please note, while the term is coined “morning” sickness, it should really be described as “any part of the day or night” sickness. But have no fear! There are things that can alleviate or at least ease the symptoms.

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potato salad

Fertility Food Friday: Potato Salad with Lemon-Hemp Dressing

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Potato salad may not seem like a fertility-boosting dish, and the thick stuff you’ll find at your supermarket’s deli counter certainly is not. This healthy, dairy-free, vegan potato salad uses hemp seeds to achieve a creamy dressing instead of mayo. Best of all, you can probably find most of the fresh ingredients at your local farmer’s market at this time of year. It tastes like summer in a bowl! Full of vitamin C, healthy fats, minerals, protein, and liver-cleansing veggies, enjoy this potato salad guilt-free as part of your healthy fertility diet. Or, bring it to share at a potluck or BBQ and watch it disappear.

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blueberry smoothie

Fertility Food Friday: Blueberry-Mint Smoothie

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Fruit smoothies with greens are perfect for light summer snacks; they make use of all the garden-fresh ingredients available, are cooling to the body, and provide extra hydration. Adding lettuce greens to your fruit smoothies is a great way of including more green foods in your diet, and the fruit usually masks the taste of the greens so you won’t feel like you’re drinking a salad.

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Gay marriage

When Love Wins

On June 20, 2005, officially a decade ago, Canada enacted legislation that made same-sex marriage legal across the country. As a progressive nation that believes consenting adults have the right to love each other no matter their sexual orientation, and that their love deserves to be recognized in the eyes of the government, watching the U.S. officially declare same-sex marriage legal in all states last Friday, June 26, was a proud moment.

We’re not only proud of the brave people who fought to see this ruling come to be, but proud of our own country’s journey to improving LGBTQ rights.

Working in fertility medicine we at Genesis Fertility have seen numerous LGBTQ couples come to our clinic hoping to expand their family. These people are looking to take some of the love they have for each other and share it with another human being, the same reason why many heterosexual couples come to us.

We have also witnessed LGBTQ patients go on to become amazing, loving parents, just like our heterosexual patients.

Today there are a wide array of families in the world: man and woman with a child conceived naturally; man and women with a child conceived through IVF; or maybe man and man with a child conceived with an egg donor and surrogate; or simply a woman with a child conceived with a sperm donor.

At the end of the day, love is love, and the creation of family is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated.

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