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Part III: The Timeline of Routine Pregnancy Care

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Part III: The Timeline of Routine Pregnancy Care
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In the third and final part of our three part series on pregnancy care, today we are providing you with an overview of what routine pregnancy care looks like, after the first prenatal visit we discussed last week! After the initial visit where we do a deep dive into your and your family’s medical history and a long survey of health related questions, we'll ask you to come back in about two to three weeks later for a complete physical exam. 

In today’s post, we’ll do an overview of what you can expect at your first physical, but subscribers to our Pregnancy to Parenthood Podcast Series get a much more in-depth look at what conditions we look for and tests we do, and what certain prognoses can mean for you. For the low, one-time cost of $47, get full access to over 40 informative episodes supporting you week by week, 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...

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Part II: Your First Prenatal Appointment!

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Part II: Your First Prenatal Appointment!
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This is Part II of our three part mini-series on Pregnancy Care! On today’s episode, Drs. Alicia and Sarah share with us what you can expect at your first prenatal visit. Generally speaking, maternity care providers would like to see you between your sixth and ninth week of pregnancy for your first visit. If you're experiencing significant nausea or other concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach-out to your provider sooner and they will try to address your concerns and manage symptoms! 

What to Expect?

The simplest answer is: lots of questions from your maternity care provider! Expect a longer appointment depending on your medical and pregnancy history. Your clinic may even have a hand-out for patients and care providers to complete together. An example of the types of questions you may be asked include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Getting to know you and your partner: age, what you do for work, any pertinent personal beliefs, etc
  • Pregnancy history: have you been...
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Part I: How to Choose a Pregnancy Care Provider

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Part I: How to Choose a Pregnancy Care Provider
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This is Part I of our three part mini-series on Pregnancy Care! On today’s episode, Drs. Alicia and Sarah address a question they get asked a lot: how to choose a pregnancy care provider! It’s one of the first major decisions you make in pregnancy, and often an overwhelming one as you try to navigate the different options and which one is best for you. Read on to review the different options and how to choose the best one for you. 

Top Three Types of Pregnancy Care

There is an underlying expectation that all types of care providers provide the same basic standard of care to all pregnant patients, regardless of where you are or who you choose as your care provider. You should ensure that the care provider you are considering is licensed to provide pregnancy care and is in good standing. There are other care providers who may support you through your pregnancy, such as physiotherapists, naturopaths or chiropractors, but they are not medically trained to support you...

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Preparing for Maternity Leave!

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Preparing for Maternity Leave!
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Pregnancy may feel like a long nine months at times. But sometimes the arrival of baby and consequent planning and preparation can catch you by surprise! One such surprise can be feeling unprepared to go on maternity leave. It can be a big pause in a person’s career at a pivotal time, and transitioning into and out of it can be a tricker maneuver than it seems. This is precisely why today’s guest, Sonja Baikogli Foley, co-founded Maturn,  Canada’s first comprehensive program supporting self-identifying women throughout their entire maternity leave. Sonja co-founded Maturn out of a desire to support women and turn maternity leave into an intentional year. A proud mother of two, she is driven to build a more equitable, compassionate and inclusive world for future generations. Join Sonja and Dr. Alicia as they discuss how to prepare for maternity leave.

Top 4 Tips for Preparing for Maternity Leave

  1. Create an intentional transition plan.  

Ask yourself...

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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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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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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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