Healthy Pregnancy Concerns and Tips from a Naturopath
Looking for guidance on a healthy pregnancy? The world of online health info can be overwhelming, and it’s nice to have someone in your corner who is informed about natural pregnancy support. Dr. Jennah provides dietary counselling/lifestyle support, and can make recommendations on the best supplements to be taking during your pregnancy. Pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, fatigue, and muscle cramps are a thing of the past with Dr. Jennah’s ongoing care. From the first few weeks of conception, all the way to labour, Dr. Jennah can support you through all three trimesters and beyond.
Dr. Jennah can support you through a wide variety of pregnancy concerns including:
- Morning sickness
- Pregnancy Nutrition
- Hemorrhoids and Constipation
- Fatigue and Low Energy
- Group B Strep Prevention
- Urinary Tract Infections
- General Pregnancy Education
- Labour Preparation
- Immune System Support
- And more
Nutrition for Pregnancy
As the popular saying goes you’re “eating for two”, but this means so much more than just increasing your calorie intake to support your growing baby. Dr. Jennah will assess your current dietary intake, and guide you on the ideal combination of macronutrients to support the health development of your baby, as well as your own energy levels throughout all three trimesters of pregnancy.
Macronutrient intake needs as well as hydration needs are going to shift throughout your pregnancy, and with an added degree in Nutrition, Dr. Jennah is the perfect naturopath to guide you through this complex world. If you want to know what you should be eating to help support both you and your baby through a healthy pregnancy, then book now with Dr. Jennah. You can find out more about her Toronto Naturopathic practice focused on women’s health, but reading further.
Supplements for Pregnancy
Knowing exactly which supplements to take during pregnancy, as well as which ones are safe for baby, can be a confusing task. Dr. Jennah can help guide you on which herbal and nutritional supplements can best support you and your pregnancy concerns, while also ensuring that they will be safe and effective. Supplement recommendations will change, based on which trimester you are currently in, as well as your specific pregnancy concerns.
Dr. Jennah may recommend added blood work assessment to ensure that vitamin and mineral status, along with other markers are in the ideal range for healthy pregnancy. For general pregnancy support and optimal development of baby, Dr. Jennah will generally recommend a baseline of a high quality Pre-natal, vitamin D, Probiotics, and Omega 3 Fish oil. Acute concerns such as morning sickness, urinary tract infections, or other common pregnancy concerns may also be managed with well research, safe, and effective herbal or nutritional supplements. You can book a free 15 minute consult with Dr. Jennah to further discuss you specific pregnancy related concerns, and whether supplemental support would be useful for you.
Natural Treatments for Morning Sickness
Constant morning sickness and nausea doesn’t have to be the reality of your first trimester. Using a combination of naturopathic modalities, Dr. Jennah can help mange your morning sickness, and prepare you for a healthy pregnancy. From traditional herbal treatments like ginger, to acupuncture and nutritional supplementation, Dr. Jennah can help you to find a morning sickness treatment plan that fits with your lifestyle.
Natural Labour Prep
Preparing your body and mind for labour, is also an area in which naturopathic medicine can be of help. Herbal support in the form of “Partus preparator” herbs, like red raspberry leaf, have been used traditionally in the third trimester to help tonify the uterus and support a healthy and easy labour process. Dr. Jennah also uses acupuncture support in the 4-8 weeks before your expected delivery date, to prepare your body for the process of labour. Research on acupuncture leading up to labour indicates that it decreases the incidence and necessity for medical intervention, making for a healthy natural labour experience.
Fatigue, Low Energy, and Pregnancy
Fatigue and low energy during pregnancy can be very common, and happen in any trimester for a variety of different reasons. Dr. Jennah may want to assess for potential underlying causes to your low energy, such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, or iron status to begin. She may also want to further asses your thyroid hormone levels, as all of these markers can play a role in low energy, and are often masked by your current pregnancy status. Dr. Jennah may recommend added supplementation pending the results of these tests, to help get your energy back to normal.
Assessing appropriate protein and overall calorie intake also plays an important role in maintaining energy during a healthy pregnancy. Dr. Jennah will also make a thorough assessment of current exercise levels, mood, sleep, and stress status, to ensure that all aspects of your life are working for you in maintaining a health pregnancy, rather than against you.
Natural Pregnancy Support 100
You can start your natural pregnancy journey by working with Dr. Jennah. She offers free 15 minute meet and greet appointments to all new patients. This appointment option is a great way for you to discuss your health goals and concerns with Dr. Jennah, and decide if you would be a good fit in working together.
For those who are ready to dive into their first appointment, Dr. Jennah offers 60 minute Initial Intake Appointments.
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Jennah’s downtown Toronto naturopathic practice, then you can read further here.
She has a special interest in women’s health concerns, and enjoys treating everything from low energy and fatigue, to painful periods and pre-menstrual syndrome. She believes that your healthcare should be as unique as you are.