I love working in the area of women’s health, and I especially love working with pregnant women – there is no group more motivated to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. I work with
women in all stages of their reproductive life (pre-conception, fertility care, pregnancy, post-partum and menopause), and most of my patients have found that naturopathic pregnancy care is a wonderful complement to their other prenatal care (midwife/GP/OB/Doula).
Sometimes pregnant mothers come to us because they are not feeling well, but often they are existing patients who are simply extending their naturopathic care. Either way, naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer. What do we cover in a naturopathic pre-natal visit?
- Nutrition: Nutritional adequacy, deficiency prevention, food aversions/cravings and special considerations during pregnancy (ie. Iron, calcium, folate).
- Symptom Management: Nausea, fatigue, heartburn, muscle cramps, hemorrhoids, etc.
- Labour preparation: discussion of birth plan, referral to other labour professionals (ie. doulas) breastfeeding preparation, pain management, etc.
- Post-Partum care: Breastfeeding support, post-partum depression, wellness, labour recovery, etc.
Typically we will see a mother 4-6 times over the course of her pregnancy and approximately 3-4 weeks after the baby is born. If you are interested in naturopathic pregnancy care, you may be interested in our ‘Healthy Pregnancy Package’. And, as always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.