Whether you are struggling with mental health concerns, wanting to avoid them or just a normal human being this blog post is for you!
We are reviewing self-care...what that is...why WE ALL NEED TO DO IT! And how do we put that into practice in our lives!
Self Care is the act of making positive changes in your life that will help you cope with stressful periods, and help to treat or prevent depression and anxiety.
Self Care is often neglected or not prioritized during the pregnant and postpartum period!
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This is a simple acronym that details all the steps to start with your self care routine!
Food is medicine….we all know this...but having healthy meals and snacks ready is a challenge at times, especially when you are adjusting to a time of caring for a newborn and adjusting to your new life as a family!
Tips to improve your...
As anyone who has been pregnant can tell you..your body changes so much with pregnancy and your bowels are no exception!
We estimate that at least 1/3 of women suffer from constipation during each trimester and in the fourth trimester, which is the 12 weeks post partum…that are a lot of women! This is compared to about 7% of women of the same age who are not pregnant.
Constipation is generally described as the infrequent (less than 3 times per week) passage of hard stool that is challenging to pass. We often describe this based on what is known as the Bristol Stool Chart! If you look at the chart below we are talking about 1 and 2 type poos!
If you get chronically backed up….the watery stool and the end of the line will start to seep around the hard-packed stools and you can get what we call overflow diarrhea….which then makes the whole problem more...
Pregnancy and being a new parent can be amazing, but also really hard!
There are so many changes both inside and out…your body changes, your hormones are running wild, you have new responsibilities, priorities change, communication with your partner is often more strained.
But guess what? You are not alone! You do not need to ever think that you are the only one who is struggling….
Dr. Sarah and I care for 100’s of new families every year and the issues women talk to us are often centred around a few core issues! There are more of course, and not everyone’s journey is the same…but here are the most common concerns women and their partners raise with us!
Sleep - during the end of pregnancy and the first few months postpartum sleep is like a unicorn that is an elusive dream! The lack of sleep means not only are we tired, but we also don’t have the patience for those around us that we normally do…and this...
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...
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...
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!
So we are going to dive deep into the normal menstrual cycle, how it is controlled, and some of the common things that can make it go a bit "wonky".
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The menstrual cycle generally starts in early adolescence - average age around 12, and occurs until menopause - average age of 51. It occurs every 21-35 days, lasting for 3-8 days and amounting in between 2-3 tablespoons of blood per cycle.
As you can see, there is a wide variation in what is considered normal, and that is OKAY!
The lining of the uterus builds up every month in preparation for a potential pregnancy. When your body has been signalled by hormones that it is not pregnant (a drop in progesterone) and the lining of your uterus is shed....