Thyroid problems in pregnancy affect about 3-5% of women in Canada.
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Thyroid hormone is produced in the thyroid and is known as T4. T4 is then released into the bloodstream and is turned into T3, which is the active form of the hormone, in the organs which use it, including the thyroid.
Both T4 and T3 are bound by proteins in our blood, and only a very small amount of it is unbound or Free in our blood. This is so that if our levels dip, hormones can quickly be released to normalize it again.
Thyroid hormones, in adults, have a big influence on our metabolism. In fetuses, thyroid hormones play an important role in brain development.
Thyroid hormones are made up of quite a bit of iodine, and so it is important in pregnancy to increase foods rich in iodine. These include seaweed, eggs, cod, shrimp, Lima Beans, dairy and...
Congratulations on your early pregnancy! And if you're thinking about getting pregnant, we're excited for you too! We are glad you're a part of our community! Here are 5 of the more common symptoms that women worry about in their early pregnancy.
Fatigue is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy, and can start for some women as soon as they are pregnant! Fatigue is mostly caused by progesterone, the hormone which increases dramatically to help support the early pregnancy.
For most women, fatigue is like nothing they have ever felt before!! It is important to rest while you can if you have a toddler, figure out some games you can play while lying on the couch! It’s okay if you can’t get out to exercise like you normally can, now is a time to let your body adjust to all of the changes it is going through!
Do the best you can, most women start to get their energy back...
Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), which usually starts between 5 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, is quite common; up to 80% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting at some point in their pregnancies and between 3-6% of pregnant women experience severe nausea and vomiting, which we commonly refer to as hyperemesis gravidarum. The symptoms usually peak around 9 weeks and typically improve by weeks 16 to 18 of pregnancy. Unfortunately for some women these symptoms actually persist through pregnancy (up to 20% of women have symptoms until the third trimester and for 5% of women their symptoms persist until delivery) But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s something that women just have to deal with, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy can significantly impact your quality of life, your mental health; it can increase anxiety and worry about how it’s affecting the fetus, how...
We know a lot of you are seeing way less of your maternity care provider than you usually would in “normal” times and you may be wondering... Is this safe? What should I be watching for?
So let's take a few minutes and go through what the recommendations are and what you can be doing to keep yourself and your baby safe!!!
Normally we would see you every four weeks until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks and weekly until your cute baby is delivered. During the times of Covid, we are still checking in with you this often, but some of these will be done by phone or by video chat! Our clinic, Grow Health, has adapted the following schedule as per the recommendations of our governing bodies and the World Health Organization.
Visit 1: Phone/Video: 8-10 weeks. Get to know each other! This is usually a chit chat visit learning a little bit about each...
So mamas......lets talk about swaddling!!
Back in the day almost all babies used to be swaddled, and in many cultures this is still universally practiced...however over the past few decades people have been trying to reduce the risks to babies and encouraging safe sleep practice. The safety of swaddling has been hotly debated over the years…
We are here to give you the evidence around swaddling, benefits and risks so you can make a decision that is right for your baby!! We are going to talk about the effects of swaddling on crying, pain, preterm babies, hip development, risk of SIDs, breastfeeding and the most precious commodity of all......SLEEP!
If you want more details about what WE did when our babies were wee check out our YouTube video as we talk about our experiences with swaddling but we'll summarize the evidence below:
Crying: For babies that cry excessively, swaddling is more effective at decreasing crying than massage in infants.
We've been getting lots of questions about coronavirus, or COVID-19 infection, in pregnancy so we put together this blog post to address the TOP 5 questions we've been getting. And if you're more of a video kind of learner, check out our new YouTube video shared today where we touch on the same content!
Should I delay trying to conceive?
The short answer is we don’t know.
There is NO definitive evidence that covid-19 infection is associated with increased risk of early pregnancy loss or fetal malformations, though we do know that elevated temperatures in early pregnancy can be associated with fetal malformations, so there is that possible risk.
The Canadian Fertility and Androgony Society have released a statement indicating that they are recommending suspending all ART procedures (ovulation inductions and IVF) until further notice.
Additionally, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has also issues a similar...
TOLAC stands for Trial of Labour after Cesarean Section and if it is successful it ends in a VBAC Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section. Check out our free Birth Plan Download here!
Why are we talking about this you might ask? Because it is a question that many women struggle with and their thoughts are influenced by many different things. We think it is so important for women, and their partners, to understand all of the potential issues and then make a decision based on good sound information that is right for their family!!!
Now as usual, it is important to discuss this with your care provider, as there will be some people who do not fall into this discussion, and other issues may factor into the decision that we do not touch on...but this should cover the Broad strokes!!!
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to try for a successful VBAC here are a few!
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a ‘novel’ type of coronavirus that is newly infecting humans around the globe. It is a strain of coronavirus originally found in animals, and because it has just newly infected humans, we have no immunity to it hence the rapid increase in cases both initially in China where it originated and now around the world.
Are pregnant women at higher risk of contracting COVID-19?
From the current base of knowledge we have about COVID-19 and pregnancy pregnant women do NOT appear to be more susceptible.
What symptoms would I show if I had COVID-19?
Pregnant women would present the same as non-pregnant women if infected with COVID-19. This includes fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and headache. Symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, and sore muscles are less common.
Will my baby get infected if I get COVID-19 while pregnant?
From all the information we have at present there is NO evidence of the baby being exposed to...
Breastfeeding can be tough, and even worse if we don't know how to get off to the right start! This blog post gives some great tips on how to do that! Check out our free cheat sheet on the top 5 mistakes we make when breastfeeding and how to fix them!
BREASTFEEDING TIPS for Beginners:
The first hour after birth is called the GOLDEN HOUR. Skin to skin with mom and latching in that first hour has been associated with longer breastfeeding duration and less challenges later.
Colostrum is the milk you have in the first 3-5 days and is jam packed with immunity and is all the baby needs initially.
Milk volume increases on day 3-5. Your breasts will feel engorged/hard. They will continue making milk if they are drained on a regular basis; usually every 2-3 hours.
Babies feed OFTEN sometimes as much as 14 x a day! This gets less frequent and more efficient with time. This helps your milk supply establish. It is...
Pregnancy is such an important time in our lives, and one that we want to do our very best to give our well little baby the best start in life that we can! So we should take lots of supplements right?
If you are consuming a healthy diet (especially pre pregnancy) you really should be getting most of what you need. We recognize that during the first trimester some women are quite nauseous!! This is why we encourage people to think about planning for pregnancy if at all possible! I like to say….your baby is the ultimate parasite...they will suck what they need out of you!....
The other thing about supplements, is they are not actually controlled by the government, so we don't actually know what is in them! They are also very expensive, so save that money for all the extra costs that come with having a baby!