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Understanding your Blood Type in Pregnancy

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Understanding your Blood Type in Pregnancy
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How does your blood type affect your pregnancy?

You’ve probably heard about the four main blood type classifications in humans: 

A       B     AB     O

In addition to these four main groups, people’s blood types can be further sub-categorized as being positive (+) or negative (-). What that refers to is the presence or absence of something called the Rh (Rhesus) Factor: a protein, or antigen, that is present on your red blood cells.

If your blood type is categorized as Rh-positive, you have the protein and RhD antigen. If your blood type is categorized as Rh-negative, you do not have the protein nor the RhD antigen. This distinction most matters when you are Rh-negative and your baby is Rh-positive.

Why does it matter? 

A problem is more likely to occur in people who are Rh-negative (you have a negative (-) sign after your blood type), which certain ethnic populations are more likely to be. To give you a quick...

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Body Image, Diet Culture, Intuitive Eating & Pregnancy

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Body Image, Diet Culture, Intuitive Eating & Pregnancy
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Pregnancy is undeniably a time of accelerated body change. For women who may have a history of avoiding their body or engaging in other types of negative body image perpetuating behaviours, body avoidance becomes impossible to pursue. And while this can be a huge struggle, it can also be a wonderful opportunity to begin the healing work around your own relationship with food and your body image.

What is negative body image?

There are a few main types of behaviour that can reveal a problematic relationship with body image:

  1. Body checking: a common behaviour that consists of hopping on the scale, pinching your body, or obsessively looking at yourself in the mirror multiple times a day
  2. Body comparison: a frequent comparing of yourself to others, whether in real live or through social media, or to your own former body, especially common in pregnancy
  3. Body avoidance: on the other end of the spectrum of body checking is body avoidance, which includes intentionally avoiding mirrors, hiding...
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Exercise During Pregnancy & Postpartum

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Exercise During Pregnancy & Postpartum
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Dr. Sarah and our special guest this week - Robyn Rayner, Registered Massage Therapist, Crossfit Level 2 coach, and Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism coach - both realized while they were pregnant that there wasn't a lot of guidance easily available with regards to what type of exercise is okay to do when pregnant. Is it good for you? What kind of exercise should I do? Can I keep doing what I was doing before pregnancy? What about after birth?

Guidelines Around Exercise in Pregnancy

Physical activity is recommended for pregnant people just as it is for everyone, and evidence suggests that it can help in labor. It can reduce the length of labor and also prepare your body for the physical demands of giving birth. Like Dr. Sarah always says, labour is like a marathon and childbirth is like having to do a high intensity crossfit workout at the end! Keeping in shape helps! People that continue exercising during pregnancy have also reported decreased lower back or hip pain, and even...

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The Basics of Getting Pregnant!

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It seems simple enough - and for the majority of people of birthing age conceiving is not a complex science - but with this episode we’d like to take a step back and discuss the very basics of getting pregnant! 

We chatted with Dr. Beth Taylor, a Fertility Specialist at the Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver. Dr. Beth offered a lot of great insight into how you can know if you can get pregnant, the best ways to begin trying, and when you might need to look into getting some fertility help!

We should note right from the top that for the purposes of this episode and post, we are focusing on the heteronormative paradigm of the cis female and cis male having sexual intercourse to try to conceive - but there are many other paradigms and ways to conceive we will focus on in subsequent episodes! 

Top 4 Things You Should Know About Getting Pregnant

1. How do I know if I can get pregnant?

Most people start with the assumption that they are fertile, and often they are...

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Pelvic Pains of Pregnancy

If you're pregnant or postpartum, then you've more than likely experienced pelvic pain in some way, shape, or form.  

And one of the messages we want to get out there is that YES it's common but it's NOT necessarily normal!  

 

 

Dr. Sarah talks with Lauren from Core Connection physio about all things PRPGP.  They cover lots of important topics including: 

What are the common myths and misconceptions about PRPGP? Let's talk relaxin, "instability" and "separation".

They cover in detail what we know to contribute to PRPGP including pelvic floor and/or abdominal tension, poor coordination of muscles around pelvis and core (motor control), strategies to move that strain the muscles around the pelvis, and emotional distress and tension.
 
They talk about how a pelvic floor physio can help you with PRPGP and offer some helpful tips and tricks for PRPGP including: 
- SI belt - do or don't?
- How symmetry can help --> check out...
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Group B Strep in Pregnancy

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Wondering what GBS in pregnancy is? How do we screen for Group B Strep? How do we treat GBS during labour?  What effects GBS has on your newborn?  

Well today's podcast is for you! 

Did you know that 15-40% of pregnant people have Group B Strep in their perineal region at time of delivery? 

Historically this bacteria has caused significant illness in babies including: 

  • Septicemia (blood infections)
  • Meningitis (nerve and brain infections)
  • Pneumonia (lung infections)

1-3% of term babies who contract GBS die, and 20-30% of preterm babies who contract Group B Strep die.  This is too high!! So we recommend a few things. 

1) Screen all pregnant people around 35-36 weeks of gestation (or earlier if they present in threatened preterm labour). 

2) Treat all people who screen + for GBS with intravenous antibiotics during labour. 

3) If people present and have not been screened, then treat based on risk factors. 

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Nutrition and Preparing for Pregnancy!

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...

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Supporting Sleep in Pregnancy

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: 

  • Create a simple but relaxing bedtime routine; this can include taking a warm bath, doing a guided meditation, reading a book, journaling, etc.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule
  • Exercise regularly, preferably at least 4-5 hours before bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine after lunch
  • Do not go to bed hungry, a bedtime snack can be part of your routine
  • Make the bedroom environment conducive to sleep and reserve the bedroom for the 3 S’s: Sleep, Sex and when you’re Sick
  • Avoid prolonged use of light-emitting screens (TV, phone, tablet) leading up to bedtime
  • Deal with your worries before bedtime; sometimes keeping a ‘worry journal’ by your bed can be helpful, if a worry pops into your head, jot it down to get it out of your head and onto paper; if it pops back into your head remind yourself you’ve...
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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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