Postnatal Recovery

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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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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THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it's strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as well when women can suffer from transient osteopenia or osteoporosis.  Even if a woman has…

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The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

  Optimal nutrition support for our client begins before she even conceives. Birth control pills make it difficult for women to absorb some nutrients that are essential for a healthy pregnancy. Ideally, women who were previously on birth control pills will deplete those nutrients before conception. Nutrients that are not well absorbed while women are on birth control pills include folate, vitamins B2, B6, and B12, vitamins C and E,…

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Healthy Estrogen Smoothie for Vaginal Dryness and Painful Sex

Vaginal dryness and painful sex are common side effects of hormonal imbalance. When women struggle with low hormone levels, including low estrogen, there can be many root causes.  During the postpartum period and during the time when a woman breastfeeds, lower estrogen levels are normal. During perimenopause, if a woman is depleted or has a poor stress response, her naturally lower estrogen levels can be even worse and more symptomatic…

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