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4th Trimester, hair loss, iron, nutrition, postpartum, thyroid -

  I always say that postpartum hair loss is up there amongst all the other things like diapers, (not for the baby), extreme exhaustion/lack of sleep, and the first postpartum bowel movement that everyone forgets to mention when they are reminiscing, with bliss, about their postpartum experience. Postpartum hair loss or shedding that is significant occurs to up to 50% of postpartum women. Some of this shedding is physiological, or in simpler terms, happens for good reasons because your body realizes that it is no longer pregnant. Shedding typically starts at 3-4 months postpartum and usually slows by 6-7 months...

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baby food, healthy eating, nutrition -

One thing that I get asked a lot by patients is what I buy at the grocery store. I thought I would do a blog on my favorite healthy picks, and maybe a treat or two as well, from Costco! Things I like about shopping at Costco are they are a good organic and gluten free selection, and this always seems to be expanding as well. Obviously I also like their prices on most item. I say most, because you do have to watch as not everything is a deal at Costco. To do this round up of my favorite...

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nutrition, postpartum, postpartum depression -

It is so easy to forget about yourself once your baby is born. When you are pregnant, looking after yourself physically equates to looking after your baby so it is a top priority. Once baby is born it is a haze of sleepless nights, constant feedings and diaper changes. During this time, it is so hard to remember when you last brushed your teeth let alone if you took your prenatal. I know what you are thinking “prenatal, did I read that right, I had the baby already”. Yes, it’s not a typo, the one supplement that I recommend that...

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acne, Eco Chic Movement, food, hormones, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, Ottawa, PCOS, skin, stress, women -

I am guessing that you never expected to still have acne in your late 20’s and 30’s? Many of my patients sailed through their teens and early 20’s with perfect skin only to be saddled with what we call “late onset adult acne”. I have a confession to make, I am one of those people. I always had great skin, which is really helpful when you have a skincare line! Then suddenly when I started my practice, my face broke out and didn’t stop for close to 3 years. Why was this happening?!  There I was a “skincare expert” with...

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baby, breastfeeding, food, nutrition, postpartum, women -

  Something that I have been seeing in my practice a lot lately, that is not as well-known as I think it should be is the foods you eat while you are breastfeeding can cause food sensitivity reactions in your baby. Before I dive into this topic, I want to start by saying that obviously breast milk is the optimal food for babies, but what you eat does impact the quality and nutritional content of your milk. When most mom’s think of a food they are eating causing irritation to their baby the first thing that comes to mind is...

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