Working with a Naturopathic Doctor during your pregnancy can give you all the research-backed information you need to have as natural and healthy of a pregnancy as possible. Our Naturopathic Doctors are medically trained and focus on pregnancy care. They will create individualized health plans to help mamas feel their best through each trimester.
Here are 5 reasons to see a Naturopathic Doctor at Yoga Mamas
1. To assess your current health status
Naturopathic Doctors can order the same tests that your midwife or OB/GYN can - but sometimes they interpret them differently. They will make sure that your levels aren’t just sufficient, but that they are optimal! Pregnancy can be taxing on the body and if you don’t have enough of some particular vitamins and minerals, it can leave you quite deficient (and that comes with it’s own set of issues).
2. To manage more serious pregnancy complications if they come up
Some serious conditions during pregnancy might leave you with special requirements, or in a situation that may change your birth plan. Conditions such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes may require conventional medical management, but your Naturopathic Doctor can also support you by making appropriate recommendations that are safe to combine with your other treatments, and to improve birth outcomes.
3. To deal with early pregnancy symptoms naturally
Though the first trimester is exciting, it can also be pretty rough for some pregnant mamas - nausea, exhaustion and aches - there is a lot to battle through. If you’re feeling like these symptoms are negatively impacting your quality of life, your Naturopathic Doctor can use strategic supplementation of nutrients, and tools like acupuncture and lifestyle medicine to improve how you feel. Stay the course, mama - the second trimester is usually a huge relief.
4. To know with certainty what natural health products are safe to take while you’re pregnant
Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe, and this couldn’t be more true when you are pregnant. Many natural health products have not been tested for safety in pregnancy, and as a result many healthcare practitioners give a blanket statement to not take any herbs or supplements other than a prenatal vitamin. This is taking it from one extreme to another! There are many herbs, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are not just safe in pregnancy, but can be very helpful to manage symptoms, support mama’s health, and even support baby’s health. However, you should be getting your recommendations from a practitioner who is well trained in pregnancy to make sure the product, the brand, and the dose are safe for you and your babe.
5. To get answers to all your questions
It’s incredibly important that you are informed and feel empowered in the choices you make. While your Naturopathic Doctor will not deliver your baby, they are trained and will do their research to help you understand your health and your body during this time, and to help guide you to resources that will help you make the best decisions about your pregnancy and birth.