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Skin Care in Pregnancy

For some people, pregnancy brings a glow to their skin while others can struggle with worsening acne. 

 

If you've got questions about skincare in pregnancy, what's safe and what's not; if you're wondering what treatments are available for common skin conditions like acne, perioral dermatitis and melasma then have a listen to our podcast all about skincare in pregnancy with Dr. Bri. 

 

 

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Gestational Diabetes in Pregnancy

 

Gestational Diabetes

 

Gestational Diabetes is defined as Diabetes occurring during pregnancy, that was not present prior to becoming pregnant. In our most recent podcast, we discuss gestational diabetes tips and gestational diabetes diet.  We also review what are the risk factors for gestational diabetes and how your baby can be affected by gestational diabetes.  Here is a quick review of what we cover, but be sure to listen to our podcast to get more information on all of these areas around gestational diabetes in pregnancy. 

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The major hormone involved in diabetes is Insulin. 

 

During pregnancy, our tissues become less sensitive to insulin, which means our body needs to secrete more and more of it to have the same effect.

 

We don’t understand entirely why this happens in Pregnancy, but it is related to hormones produced by the placenta, and also partly by other...

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Pelvic Physio in pregnancy - How it can help constipation, painful sex and prepare for delivery!

 

Krstya, from Cairn Physiotherapy, joins us to discuss the benefits of Pelvic Physiotherapy during pregnancy! 

We discuss the benefits of pelvic physio when it comes to training your pelvic floor for delivery.  Krysta also reviews many of the other topics she talks about with clients including setting up your environment, learning different positions to labour and push in, and how to train for those positions.  

We also discuss pelvic dysfunction and what this can look like in pregnancy, including constipation, urinary leakage and painful sex, and the role pelvic physio has in helping these conditions. 

We briefly touch on the role of pelvic physio in postpartum recovery, and when you should book your appointment to see them after delivery!

We hope you will listen to this week's podcast in full, subscribe and leave a great review! 

Also...don't forget to call your favourite Pelvic Physio!!!

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Our Top 10 Fun Things To Do During Pregnancy!

fun pregnancy Oct 30, 2020

Are you pregnant? In the first or early second trimester?

Well we have some tips for you that we wish we had known about in our pregnancies!!!

Pregnancy is such an amazing time in our lives, but sometimes we can feel really gross...so we put together our top 10 fun things to do in early pregnancy...to help focus on those fun things! 

Pregnancy Journal

We often forget what happens to us during certain experiences, and looking back can be so fun and bring back some great memories!  Pregnancy is no different...this is such a special time for many women with many changes occurring! 

Take 5 minutes a day or week to write down things that happened, how you are feeling (good or bad) what are your hopes and worries, and what are you looking forward to!!

You can even work on your gratitude or positivity journaling at the same time, which we know is protective for mental health as well!  

 

Take some serial pics

Similar to journaling, it is fun to see how...

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Preparing for Pregnancy - Our Top Ten Tips!

Did you know that almost half of pregnancies are unplanned? Whether you’re planning a pregnancy, or want to be prepared when the time is right for you, we’ve put together a list of our top ten tips for optimizing your pre-conception health! Check them out below. 

Want to know the top 10 things you NEED to do when you get pregnant? Check out our free guide here

 

Take control of your fertility! 

Some experts call this making your reproductive health plan, others call it family planning. What does this really mean? It means taking a step back and looking at the overall life goals you’ve set for yourself and where, if at all, you see children fitting in with your goals for your education, career, travel etc. Check out this free resource to help guide you here.  And if you’re currently sexually active and NOT wanting to get pregnant talk to your health care provider today about reliable options for preventing pregnancy. Learn about your...

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5 Tips to help Prevent Postpartum Depression

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!

What is Self Care?

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! 

Here is the podcast that accompanies this blog!! 

 

 

NESTS Program:

This is a simple acronym that details all the steps to start with your self care routine! 

N - Nutrition

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...

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Constipation & Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy | how to manage at home!

postpartum pregnancy Jul 22, 2020

Constipation in pregnancy:

 

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.

 

So what is constipation?

 

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...

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Pregnancy and Postpartum...you are not alone!

postpartum pregnancy Jul 02, 2020

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...

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Thyroid in pregnancy: hypothyroid, hyperthyroid and what we can do about it.

postpartum pregnancy May 20, 2020

Thyroid in Pregnancy:

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...

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Top 5 Symptoms in Early Pregnancy!

Top 5 symptoms in early pregnancy

 

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

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...

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