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.
Holistic nutritionists help you optimize your well-being both physically and mentally. They use their knowledge of food and health to help you make the dietary and lifestyle changes you need so you can live as a happier, healthier you.
Working with a Holistic Nutritionist will help you:
1. Feel Great
It's never easy to make changes to our eating habits, or to stick to them. A Holistic Nutritionist is there to support you and empower you to make your own decisions so that you feel emotionally connected to and fully accountable to the changes you're working towards. They want you to feel your best in every possible way.
2. Support Your Journey From Fertility To Delivery
A Holistic Nutritionist will assess your needs at every step of your journey and help you adjust to your body's demands. They will advise on diets that would support your fertility, ease your pregnancy symptoms (such as cravings, morning sickness, leg cramps, heartburn, constipation, swelling etc.), and promote a healthy labour and delivery process.
3. Adjust to Life Postpartum
A Holistic Nutritionist will be there for you postpartum to encourage healing, recovery and lactation. Together you'll establish wholesome eating habits that will help you with creating balance, adjusting your energy levels and healthy weight loss.
4. Understand What To Feed Your Babe
Trying to figure out what and when to feed your babe solids can be a confusing process. Your Holistic Nutritionist can help! They will educate you on all the essential nutrients to include in their diets and help you make the best decisions for your little one.
5. Eat For Specific Ailments/Chronic Illnesses
A Holistic Nutritionist will help you manage and answer questions about what to eat for specific health concerns. These can be things like PCOS, Endometriosis, Ovulation, Egg Quality, Thyroid Function, Gestational Diabetes, Preeclampsia and more.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 9 AM – 11 AM
PRICE: $38 A PERSON
Led by educator Megan Tasker, this workshop will also focus on bringing balance and self-care to the mind and body. Learn mindfulness and relaxation coping strategies to help you through uncomfortable tests. This self care can be implemented before, during, and after fertility clinic visits.
You will learn:
What you can expect when visiting a fertility clinic for the first time
How to prepare for fertility clinic intervention and advocate for yourself
Mindfulness and relaxation coping strategies to help you through uncomfortable testing
How additional care from a Naturopath, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist can benefit you
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nikita Sander, Naturopathic Doctor to our wellness team.
Dr. Nikita will be managing our Naturopathic Medicine division while Dr. Shannon enjoys your maternity leave with her sweet new babe.
Dr. Nikita will be in the clinic Mondays and Friday for appointments.
Dr. Nikita Sander, Naturopathic Doctor
As a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, I am determined to help patients achieve optimal health in order to lead an optimal life. I do this by uncovering and addressing the root cause of all health concerns while also providing naturally focused, yet easy solutions that fit you and your lifestyle. I understand that each person is unique and therefore all treatments are personalized to suit your unique needs. With the right tools and empowerment, together we will work to make health and wellness simple and attainable.
In my clinical practice, I focus on women’s health including fertility, hormonal and digestive health. I am passionate about working with women who are aiming to feel their best, optimize their hormones, enhance fertility and achieve pregnancy (if desired!).
My Education and Credentials
I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with a post-graduate degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Previous to this, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduated with honours from Ryerson University. After becoming a Registered Nurse, I spent several interesting years working in the field of forensics mental health! I am currently a licensed member of both the College of Nurses (CNO) and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). I am also a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).
I am an avid lover of all things photography and travel, but nothing beats a perfectly brewed matcha latte!