Optimizing Nutrition and Addressing Fatigue, Nausea, and other Common Concerns of Pregnancy
You are pregnant! Congratulations! The first trimester is a time of great transition and a myriad of potential emotions as you adjust to the idea of a new family constellation. It can also be a difficult time physically, with profound physiological changes as your body adapts to the needs of the growing fetus. For some women, the first trimester is dominated by nausea, extreme fatigue, and great confusion over conflicting prenatal advice or warnings. But, there is no need to suffer while you wait for the months to pass!
Do you have questions about how to ensure your baby is getting what it needs from your diet? About whether or not to take iron if it makes you sick? About differentiating between various Omega 3s? About the safety of herbs during pregnancy? Ask a naturopathic doctor!
By adding a licensed naturopathic doctor to your care team, you will not only be able to resolve existing concerns including fatigue, nausea, anemia, vaginal infections, blood sugar changes, low thyroid function, constipation and heartburn, you can also learn how to optimize your diet to offer the best possible nutrition for you and your baby and develop a personalized supplement plan to address your unique pregnancy needs. The goal of naturopathic perinatal care? To promote a pregnancy free of complications, an efficient labor, successful delivery, ease with postpartum healing, and a healthy baby, naturally.
Did you know:
- That ginger and vitamin B6 are clinically proven to be safe and effective for nausea in pregnancy, according to randomized controlled trials?
- That probiotics during pregnancy are associated with lower rates of allergies, eczema and asthma in infants and young children?
- That there are a variety of herbs that are safe in pregnancy, including some for immune function, energy, mood, digestion, and more?
Nourishing Pregnancy Tea
(*Custom Blend Available From Mahalia Freed, ND*)
Combine Equal Parts of:
- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Nettle Leaf
- Peppermint (optional: for taste, and for some women to help with nausea)
- Oatstraw (optional: nutritive and calming)
Use 1-2 tbsp per cup of boiling water; Steep, covered, up to overnight; Drink warm or cool, 2-3 cups per day throughout your pregnancy
Dr. Mahalia Freed ND has a family practice with a clinical focus in women’s health including fertility, perinatal care, hormone balancing and breast health.