6 Tips to Help With Postpartum Blues

postpartumMy son is now 11 years old, but I still remember how hard those early months were. Everyone always told me that nothing could prepare you for life with a new baby, especially emotionally, and boy was that true. What surprised me the most was how truly hard everything seemed to be – and in reality, it was. Luckily, I had a wonderful support system and a doctor who diagnosed me quickly with postpartum depression (PPD). PPD goes beyond the blues that many woman experience after giving birth. PPD can last weeks, months and sometimes never really goes away, if left untreated. Continue reading “6 Tips to Help With Postpartum Blues”

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Series: Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy

salmon mealIn the last two posts about healthy pregnancy, I have discussed common problems during pregnancy and what supplements you should take. Today, I talk about my favorite topic, FOOD! As I said before, when it comes to pregnancy, I like to keep it simple. Sticking to whole foods is best for most women. And although pregnancy only requires 300 extra daily calories, the need for protein, essential fats, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc increases dramatically. Here are some important things to include in your diet for a healthy pregnancy.

Quality Protein

Pregnancy is a time of growth, making amino acids and protein especially important. Continue reading “Series: Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy”

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Series: Supplements for a Healthy Pregnancy

pregnant 1Last week I wrote about some common problems many women experience when they are pregnant, and this week I am going to talk about what supplements you should take for a healthy pregnancy. Things can seem very complex for moms-to-be, but my advice is simple. Eat whole foods and take key supplements to make sure you are getting the nutrients you and your growing baby need. Before taking any supplement, consult with your primary care practitioner.

Multivitamins/minerals: Take a high quality multivitamin/mineral with folic acid while you are pregnant to provide significant benefits for you and your baby. Continue reading “Series: Supplements for a Healthy Pregnancy”

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Series: Natural Solutions to Common Pregnancy Problems

pregnant 1a 1Being pregnant was one of the strangest experiences of my life, and yet it was also wonderful. And like every mom-to-be, a healthy pregnancy with a healthy baby is what I wanted most of all. Unfortunately, pregnancy can come with a number of challenges. From nausea to exhaustion, pregnancy can take its toll and every trimester can offer a new surprise. Here are some common pregnancy problems that many women face and natural ways to handle them. And remember, before taking anything, please consult with your primary care practitioner to make sure it is safe for you. Continue reading “Series: Natural Solutions to Common Pregnancy Problems”

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Postpartum Blues

postpartum bluesA friend of mine is a first-time mom and she reached out because she was struggling with emotions and feeling overwhelmed. She reminded me of myself 10 years ago. Almost 10 years ago, I had my son. He makes me laugh, keeps me busy and amazes me with his adventurous spirit and kind heart. But 10 years ago it was a different story. Everyone always told me that nothing could prepare one for life with a new baby, especially emotionally, and boy was that true. What surprised me the most was how truly hard everything seemed to be, and in reality it was. Luckily, I had a wonderful support system and a doctor who Continue reading “Postpartum Blues”

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