We talk so much about how to prepare for birth, but we want to focus the conversation on how to prepare for postpartum as well, starting with pelvic health!
And although we are maternity physicians, pelvic physiotherapy is not our area of expertise so we chatted with Melissa Dessaulles, pelvic physiotherapist and founder of Mommy Berries Health.
Melissa shares her story of how she got into pelvic physiotherapy and her top tips on recovering postpartum.
Melissa talks about the importance of rest and swelling management but also how that alone is not enough. Connect with a pelvic physiotherapist when you feel ready to gradually work back towards activity and establish your rhythm postpartum.
If you want more information about caring for your body postpartum check out our recent blog and podcast with Dr. Kelsey Mills where she talks about the importance of vulvo-vaginal health postpartum.
Dr's Sarah &...
As we get older, friendships can become complex to navigate. Layer in emotions around fertility, pregnancy loss, or even the devastating loss of an infant or child and it can be challenging to know how to help those you love.
And as difficult it is to talk about pregnancy and infant loss, it touches all of us throughout our lifetime.
In the podcast below, Dr. Sarah chats with April Boyd, a Psychotherapist, and Coach, who specializes in supporting families through infant loss. She candidly shares her own experience with loss and offers practical, gentle ways of navigating relationships & life after loss.
If you're interested in learning more from April, head over and visit her website the Love Loss Project where she shares content to help others heal through their experiences of grief and loss.
And for those who are experiencing pregnancy after loss, we connected with Dr. Alda Ngo, Director of Chinese Medicine, about the...
Gut Health and Nutrition in Preparing for Pregnancy
Have you ever wondered which prenatal supplements are right for you?
Have you contemplated how to optimize your nutrition in preparation for your current or next pregnancy?
We have you covered!
Listen to the podcast below to get all the delicious details!
Now, as you may know, many pregnancies are unplanned. With that in mind, some women are able to use nutrition to prepare for pregnancy, while others are not! So, please do not feel guilty if you did not take these steps previously or even in your current pregnancy. We are just hoping this podcast will provide you with food for thought (pun intended)!
Did you know that the prenatal period provides a great opportunity to optimize your nutrition? We encourage all mamas-to-be to take a prenatal vitamin whenever possible. Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid which is very beneficial for your baby’s development as it prevents certain birth defects that occur...
Regardless of whether you had a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, you need to know how to care for your postpartum perineum.
Bleeding postpartum is inevitable, and it's already in a sensitive way after delivery, so do your best to avoid irritating products on your perineum. Keep it clean and dry, and try to not use any unnecessary products on it.
Try to find sanitary napkins that do not have irritating linings on them, try incontinence underwear such as Depends or Always.
You can also use period underwear, once your bleeding has settled down nicely.
Keep it Clean:
Have a bath or shower daily, and there is no need to use anything other than water to clean your vulvo vaginal area. If you do choose to use a soap, be very gentle and choose something like CeraVe, Dove unscented or another mild cleanser. But again...no need to!
Some people find it stings while they pee in those first few...
We are so excited that Heidi, a registered midwife, joined us to discuss the topic of homebirth that we don't know much about!
We discuss what homebirth vs hospital birth looks like, who is eligible for a homebirth and how to prepare for a home birth.
We also discuss what are the safety plans that you need to ensure you have set up to have a safe home birth.
Now don't forget...you still have to have a hospital bag packed...so check out our free download on what are the important things for you, your partner and your newborn to have packed!
Twin pregnancies, seem to be more common than we once thought, but some result in a vanishing twin in the first trimester.
In this episode, we discuss the different types of twin pregnancies including mono-mono, mono-di and di-di twins.
We discuss how these differences impact the care through the pregnancy and the mode of delivery options available!
We also discuss potential issues that could affect the pregnant person and the babies.
Join us on the She Found Motherhood podcast to learn more about Twin Pregnancies!
A big thank you goes to Veena, a medical student working with us for putting together all the research on this topic!!
Diastasis Recti is a separation of the rectus abdominus muscles that run up and down our abdomen. This occurs in pregnancy as the uterus grows and the connective tissue softens.
If you want to learn more about diastasis recti, how it's diagnosed and how we can manage it have a listen to the podcast below!
Prenatal screening in pregnancy is such a complicated topic!! There are also new technologies and tests that are coming out which adds to the confusion.
Dawn, a prenatal genetic counsellor from Lifelabs, joins us on our podcast to discuss what options there are for pregnant people!
We review how to decide whether or not prenatal screening is right for you.
We then review the commonly offered tests, both that are funded publicly, and that you can pay for privately.
Finally, we discuss what are the next steps if you screened positive on one of these tests.
A great resource to learn more about the Non-Invasive Prenatal Screen specifically can be found at www.lifelabsgenetics.com/
We hope you find this discussion helpful in your pregnancy journey!
For people who've experienced infertility and pregnancy loss, many go on to experience anxiety and worry even throughout subsequent pregnancies and the effects from the grief and loss persist.
One of the many tools that can be used to support your pregnancy after infertility and loss is mindfulness.
For more information around how mindfulness can support this journey and opportunities available have a listen to the podcast below!
We know from our own pregnancies, and from supporting our own maternity patients, how challenging sleep can be in pregnancy!
Some of our top sleep tips include: