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naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, postpartum, postpartum anxiety, postpartum blues, postpartum depression, pregnancy, serotonin, smoothie, Stittsville, women -

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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acupuncture, cramps, ginger, magnesium, naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, pain relief, period pain, women -

This week I am going to be giving you my favorite ways to reduce pain and discomfort during your period. It is important to accept that making any major changes to your period can take between 3-6 months so it is good to have some quality natural pain relief options in your back pocket. I am hoping that some of you have already been implementing the changes I discussed last week and are well on your way to much happier periods!

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blood sugar, cravings, dairy, detox, energy, estrogen, Kanata, magnesium, menstrual cycle, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, PCOS, period, polycystic ovarian syndrome, postpartum, progesterone, Stittsville, thyroid, Vitamin B6, women -

Something that has come up A LOT in my office, is how much worse your post baby periods can be. I am not just talking about the first few cycles after you have a baby, but the changes in your periods that last for years! Whenever I come across something that I am seeing in a lot of patients, that is not talked about very much, I make it my mission to get the bottom of it. Today I am going to go over what causes your period to get worse after having a baby and share a few things that you can do to help get things back to being more manageable.

For starters, what is a normal period? Many of us have no idea that what we think is just “a little off” could actually be the sign of an underlying medical concern. While pain, heavy bleeding, terrible mood swings, headaches, bloating, cravings and breast tenderness are common, they are not NORMAL.

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aging, fertility, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pregnancy, women -

I am back from a busy week in Vancouver, where I attended the Integrative Fertility Symposium. The Integrative Fertility Symposium brings together health practitioners from many different disciplines including: medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, Chinese medicine practitioners, acupuncturists and nutritionists. I learned many new acupuncture techniques that I will be bringing back to my patients and my practice. In my next few blog posts I will be summarizing the most interesting talks I attended for your learning pleasure! 1) Vitamin D Vitamin D has been one of the most talked about vitamins of recent years, but did you know that Vitamin...

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Dehydration, Kanata, Liver, Magnesium, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, Pumpkin Seeds, Salt, Sleep, Stittsville, tired, Water, women -

Hopefully, after reading my last few blog posts, you have learned why sleep is so important to our health and wellbeing, the most important steps to integrate into your night time routine, and what “hacks” you can use to get a good night’s sleep when all else fails. Today I am going to cover a problem that I commonly see amongst my patients. My patients often tell me that they have no problem falling asleep, many of them literally fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow! Unfortunately, this sleep doesn’t last too long, and they find themselves...

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