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Top 10 Fun Things to do in Pregnancy!

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Top 10 Fun Things to do in Pregnancy!
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With today’s episode, we’re excited to introduce a new project that we’ve been working on! Presenting you a sneak peek of our upcoming Pregnancy to Parenthood Podcast Series, designed to support you week by week with informative episodes focused on the trimester and stage of pregnancy you are in. Tune in every week, or binge listen all at once and come back to the episodes you found most helpful as you move through pregnancy to parenthood!

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Things to do in Pregnancy that we hope will help you slow down a bit and take advantage of this amazing time. Follow the links for discounts and affiliate codes that help us fund this important work. Check out our list of Top 10 Things to do When you Find out you are Pregnant to start. Enjoy!

Top 10 Fun Things to do in Pregnancy

  1. Keep a pregnancy journal. Here is one of our favourite Gratitude Journals, and our favourite Pregnancy Journal.
  2. Take serial photos of your pregnancy journey...
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Strength Training in Pregnancy

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Strength Training in Pregnancy
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As we’ve mentioned on previous podcasts, maintaining some movement and exercise during pregnancy can help decrease aches & pains, prepares you for the physical act of labour, and can aid in postpartum recovery. But what about more intense work-out regimens or strength training? Dr. Alicia chats with Rebecca Tranter, registered massage therapist, Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, and expectant mama-to-be about her pregnancy journey in strength training as well as an unexpected diagnosis in her 1st trimester. 

Here are some of her top tips!

  1. First Trimester: If you did it before pregnancy, keep doing it in pregnancy. That is to say, if running was a part of your routine before pregnancy for example, your body is likely to respond well to a continuation of that routine. If you’ve never run before, we wouldn’t encourage you to start training for a marathon in pregnancy! However, always listen to your body with compassion - some days may feel worse or better...
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Back Pain in Pregnancy

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Back Pain in Pregnancy
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In part two of our series with physiotherapist and pregnancy/postpartum pelvic health expert Krysta Norwick, Dr. Alicia discusses the very common issue of lower back pain in pregnancy. While it is highly likely to occur to most pregnant people at some point, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help reduce and/or treat the pain and symptoms! Join us as Krysta and Dr. Alicia discuss the reasons we get back pain in pregnancy and postpartum, symptoms to keep an eye on, and potential treatments!

Reasons for Back Pain

As we shared in previous episodes, shifts in hormonal balances impact our musculoskeletal system - our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones! As a result, the way our body moves may shift to compensate for these changes causing us discomfort, much like in other times of hormonal change such as our teenage years or menopausal time. 

Sometimes it's a bit difficult to identify if you're experiencing lower back or pelvic pain as your lower back ends...

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Postpartum Wrist Pain

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Postpartum Wrist Pain
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Here is a little talked about fact: postpartum wrist pain is quite common! Officially named De Quervain's Tenosynovitis, this wrist pain occurs at the base of the thumb and is often aggravated postpartum by the frequent and possibly strenuous motions of lifting your newborn (while also supporting their head). Dr. Alicia talks with Krysta Norwick, registered physiotherapist and owner of Cairn Physiotherapy, about symptoms, who is at risk, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment! 

Symptoms

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis is a form of repetitive strain injury occurring at the base of the thumb and thumb side of the wrist. You may feel a pain, irritation, or even a bit of swelling around your thumb, wrist and even forearm. It often occurs postpartum as we frequently pinch back our thumbs to pick up baby. You may not notice it with two or three repetitions, but after weeks or sometimes months you can really start to notice that irritation happen!

Who is at Risk?

There are a few higher risk...

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Pelvic Floor 101

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Pelvic Floor 101
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As we have said many times in the past, education is a form of healthcare. When it comes to your pelvic health, the better understanding you have of the physiology of the area and changes in pregnancy and childbirth, the more empowered you will feel! So today we are chatting with Aliya Dhalla, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, about the basic structure of the pelvic floor, the changes undergone during pregnancy, and how and when a physiotherapist can be useful - even with remote consultations which empower you with the tools and knowledge to understand and heal your own body!

What is the Pelvic Floor?

As the name would suggest, the pelvic floor is literally the bottom of your pelvis, the bony structure that connects our legs to our spine. Imagine it like a hammock or a layer of tissue that sits on the bottom of that pelvis and is made up of three layers of muscles, connective tissue, nerves, fascia, and so on. The pelvic floor helps us do a lot of things that typically happen in our...

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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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With the ever-evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together this current and timely episode for you to help navigate the often overwhelming world of the COVID-19 vaccine, Omicron variant, boosters, and how those might affect you in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Our guest, Dr. Elisabeth Marnik has a PhD. in genetics and immunology, is a scientist, professor, and a passionate science communicator. Please join her and Dr. Sarah as they break-down how the immune system works and changes during pregnancy, and how the vaccine and booster work in conjunction to give you and your baby the protection you need.

The Immune System During Pregnancy

The main job of the immune system is to identify when there is something foreign present, such as a virus, attack it, and get rid of it because it thinks that it's something that's going to make you sick. In most cases - this is a good thing! But that also means that your immune system is primed to identify your fetus and placenta...

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Preparing your Relationship for a Newborn

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Preparing your Relationship for a Newborn
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Today Dr. Alicia and Dr. Pip Houghton, founder of Making Mama Well, discuss a topic that is near and dear to their hearts - how to babyproof your relationship. The arrival of a newborn will undoubtedly create a new dynamic within your family unit, and while it brings great joy, we also run the risk of being blindsided by the challenges of this shift while also experiencing heightened stress due to increased responsibilities and lack of sleep. The best remedy is to have a discussion with your partner and lay out a plan before the arrival of baby - but it’s never too late! We offer the following four tips below on how to go about it and what to address!

1. Listen to this Podcast Episode

If you or your partner are struggling approaching this subject or there is some hesitancy around its value, we encourage you to listen to this episode together. We hope that it will provide the right motivation and clarity as to why taking these steps is important and how it can help in those...

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Holiday Round-Up!

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Holiday Round-Up!
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As we enter the last month of 2021, you might be thinking about putting up those holiday decorations, buying something special for those you love, and how the heck has another year gone by already!? 

While we’re equally lost on that last point, we are able to help you out when it comes to finding a perfect gift for you or that someone special who is pregnant or newly parenting! As you know, we are all about empowering people with knowledge, so in that spirit as well as wish to avoid cluttering our lives with too much “stuff”, we’ve put together this list of our favourite courses with special discount codes for you, our loyal audience, as well as a few of our favourite products (that are a bit tougher to pass down or get second hand)!

Please consider using the links provided below as they are affiliates and help fund all of the free content we bring to you. 

 

COURSES WE LOVE

Pregnancy Nutrition with Noelle 

from Nourished Beginnings...

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GDM Tips and Tricks from a Dietitian

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GDM Tips and Tricks from a Dietitian
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We want to remove the notion of guilt right off the bat - gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) can happen to any pregnant person. Due to complex pathophysiological systems at play in pregnancy, that can cause insulin resistance among other things, sometimes gestational diabetes cannot be avoided. But today’s podcast, featuring Noelle Martin, RD, maternal dietician and co-founder of Nourished Beginnings, will provide you with a bunch of tips & tricks for managing your blood sugar levels confidently!

Gestational diabetes occurs due to something called insulin resistance. It means that your body is still making insulin, but your cells can’t use it. The body undergoes a lot of hormonal shifts during pregnancy, due to the presence of the placenta among other things, that cause it to handle carbohydrates differently, especially in the second trimester. Stress can also spike blood sugar levels. If you’ve tested positive for gestational diabetes, health practitioners...

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Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

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Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
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Hypertension is the fancy word for high blood pressure, a common condition where the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is strong enough that it may cause health problems. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are health issues associated with high blood pressure in pregnancy, and they are the leading cause of maternal death due to long-term health complications, such as cardiovascular disease. They can also impact the health & safety of the developing fetus. Listen to the full podcast to learn more about the main types of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, how they are diagnosed, treated, and how they might be prevented!

There are basically four major types of hypertensive disorders that can occur in pregnant people. These are:

  1. Chronic Hypertension (pre-existing)
  2. Gestational Hypertension
  3. Preeclampsia, Eclampsia & HELLP syndrome (Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, Low Platelets)
  4. Preeclampsia Superimposed on Chronic Hypertension

 

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