A common question that I get from new parents is: should my child be taking probiotics? As with any supplement or treatment, the answer should be individualized to each child’s specific health concerns and should be discussed with a healthcare professional. However, I’ll get you started by giving you some dos and don’ts of probiotic supplementation.
Fatigue is a common concern I see in my practice, especially in new moms and caregivers. When you’re raising a young family, you’re often leading a very busy lifestyle, with less than ideal sleep quality and quantity, so a certain amount of fatigue is expected! The best thing you can do for yourself is acknowledge the amount of work you’re doing for your family and allow yourself time for self care. This can be challenging for new moms but taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for the health and happiness of your family. Read on for 7 tips to take care of yourself and improve your energy levels:
1. Eat a healthy diet....
As a naturopathic doctor and doula, many of my patients are interested in having a natural birth, either at the hospital with minimal intervention or at home. Unfortunately, women with this goal often feel unsure about whether it is possible and safe for them. It has sadly become the norm to consider labour and delivery as a medical procedure that must be performed in a hospital. However, it doesn’t need to be that way, especially for low-risk and healthy pregnancies. For the majority of women, with the necessary education, preparation, and support, a natural birth is a very attainable goal! My mission as a naturopathic doctor, doula, and birth educator is to help women understand how to prepare for a natural birth without letting our culture of fearing the birth process take over.