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  A common theme that I have seen in my practice is that everyone prepares for the birth, and no one prepares for postpartum. This is not surprising to me, as it is only more recently, that anyone has started talking about postpartum. Ads like the one that got rejected from the Superbowl by Frida are starting to change that. There is now a dialogue starting about postpartum and it is long overdue! Most women I see are not preparing for postpartum because they don’t know that there is much to be prepared for. I usually explain it like this,...

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Most pregnant woman know the importance of taking their prenatal vitamins, but they are not all created equal. Prenatals work to help make sure that the developing baby receives all of the vitamins and minerals required to grow optimally. Babies are essentially little parasites, in that they will take whatever they need from you, whether or not you have any excess to spare. Prenatal vitamins are especially important for women who are deficient in any vitamins or minerals. The most common deficiencies that I see in my practice are: iron, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium and iodine. When Should You Start...

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This week I wanted to take some time to expand on the recent Facebook Live Video I did on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto’s study on Postpartum Blues. To read the study, please click here. I think this research is great in that brings to light simple interventions that new moms can do at home to help ease their transition after giving birth. Postpartum Blues are quite common after giving birth, and usually start around 4-7 days postpartum. Postpartum Blues and Postpartum Depression are not the same thing, but when the blues get severe it significantly...

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  When it comes to minerals, there is one clear cut superstar, magnesium! Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body. Magnesium plays a major role in: Bone Development and Maintenance Blood Sugar Control Heart Rhythms Muscle Contractions Blood Pressure Regulation Regulating Stress Hormones 50-60% of the body’s stores of magnesium are present in the bones, with the remainder being found in the soft tissue. This makes levels difficult to assess via a blood test. How do you know if you are low in magnesium? 10 Signs You Could Have A Magnesium Deficiency Under A Lot of Stress-...

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It seems that today in our society all of the focus is on pregnancy, and the time immediately following the birth of the baby. It is part of our culture to plan baby showers weeks in advance and plan a visit to come see the baby as soon as he or she is born. But what happens after a few weeks? All too often now, after a few days to weeks the partner has to go back to work and mom is left on her own with the new addition. All those people who were at her baby shower are...

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