Pregnancy

How To Build a Healthy Breast Milk Supply

For moms and parents in your practice who decide to breastfeed, there is so much that you can do to encourage them to build a healthy breast milk supply. [caption id="attachment_8139" align="alignleft" width="615"] "I make milk. What's your superpower?" - Unknown[/caption] Supporting your clients to build a healthy breast milk supply is beneficial to the newborn babies as well as the mom or breastfeeding parent. There are several factors to…

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Alumni Spotlight: Heba Shaheed Nurturing New Mothers Globally

Our Women's Health Coach graduate and physical therapist Heba Shaheed is a Sydney, Australia based powerhouse.  Known as The Pelvic Expert, Heba is now reaching new mothers all over the globe with her unique Mother Nurture program. I had the honor of witnessing her amazing growth as she took our Women's Health Coach Certification and ran with it!  Heba recently had a new baby of her own, and began to…

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Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

A Rare and Needed Service: Providing Postpartum Care by Providing Skilled Health Coaching Services to New Mothers Just under 4 million babies are born in the United States each year (1), approximately 700,000 in the UK (2), and over 300,000 in Australia (3).  In total, 130 million babies are born in the world every year! (4) After having a baby, the healthcare focus generally shifts from the pregnant woman to…

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Is There an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Diet to Improve Pregnancy Success?

While there is no one-size-fits-all IVF Diet, focusing on your nutrition can certainly improve your IVF success.  Let’s discuss a few important strategies for supporting your health to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy with IVF. The IVF Diet is a Mediterranean Style, Low Carbohydrate, Anti-inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet When 160 couples undergoing IVF treatment were followed in The Netherlands, women who adhered to a Mediterranean dietary pattern,…

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Fertility Strategies to Improve Egg Quality

For the woman over 35 who has been told she has "old eggs," can egg quality be improved for IVF or natural conception? In my practice, women over 40 (or even younger!) who are struggling to conceive are often told by their physicians that they have “old eggs.” What does that mean?  And, are there fertility strategies to improve egg quality? First of all, it’s always important to have perspective. …

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We Stand for Planned Parenthood

When my friend, Alex Jamieson sent me an email a couple of weeks ago asking if I would join her and 100 of my colleagues in taking a stand to support Planned Parenthood as a woman and women’s health leader who cares about the health of ALL women… I hesitated. You see, at my core… I am a healer. I am pro-life. Pro-quality-of-life. I have always been politically pro-choice because…

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The Ultimate Guide to Preconception & Fertility

At the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, we are continuously seeing clients who are seeking a more holistic approach to pregnancy, through the following article we intend to provide you, the reader, with a research-backed approach to preconception and proven wants to optimize your fertility. By Kamila K. Veljkovic, Integrative Women’s Health Institute The goal of this three-part series is to help you learn how to optimize your fertility and prepare…

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Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Supporting postpartum recovery for new moms is an essential skills for all women’s health physical therapists, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and other women’s health and wellness professionals.  The postnatal year is a time when women need emotional support, practical support, and physical support. Today we’re going to discuss vital aspects of nutrition for supporting tissue recovery in the pelvic floor and abdominal wall for postpartum women. A few weeks ago, I…

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How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

If you want healthy children, support the health of their parents. In my practice, supporting mom and dad's health begins even before conception. As a clinical nutritionist, I work with women every week who struggle with fertility or who simply want to be as healthy as possible before they get pregnant.  Reducing each woman's environmental toxin load and supporting her detoxification system are essential to supporting her best perinatal health. …

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Celiac Disease and Infertility

What is the impact of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease on unexplained infertility? A recent study prospectively examined the role of undiagnosed celiac disease in couples with unexplained infertility (Karaca et al., 2015).  Several important pieces of information came out of this report.  First of all, it’s essential to test both partners for celiac disease as celiac can influence female reproductive function and male reproductive function including sperm motility and…

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