Baby on Board: Fears, Anxieties & Realities

 

Whether you are a first time mom-to-be or a more experienced mama, pregnancy can bring with it a variety of fears and anxieties. You may find as you journey through your pregnancy, you face new emotions or thoughts that you are not quite sure how to handle (this, at times, can be thanks to those lovely hormones too). Yes, pregnancy is an incredible and amazing experience but I want to make a point to discuss issues that aren’t so ‘magical’ too. Because, after all, every journey has its ups and downs….. this is just to be expected and accepted!

First of all, I want to say that all of these feelings, fears or anxieties are completely normal, whatever they may be for you. The list of possible anxieties is really quite endless; perhaps you’ve had past miscarriages, trouble conceiving or carry for a genetic disorder (like me!). Maybe you are worrying about how a new baby will affect your relationship with your partner, maybe you’ll be embarking on this journey as a single parent, perhaps your financial situation isn’t ideal, anxieties about how baby may affect your older child or perhaps you feel worried about how your body will change with pregnancy.

Whatever the worry, acknowledging it and trying to take a positive outlook has been my goal. We are taught by society and our physicians to create an ideal physical environment for our babies-to-be, but it is equally important (in my opinion) to create positive energetic environments for them as well. I have found two tools that have really helped me to allow my anxieties to dissipate and I was inspired to share them here.

The first technique comes from the amazing book by Aviva Jill Romm (MD and midwife) called, The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices. Her visualization techniques have proved so useful to me and they really take no more than 10-15 minutes – or really however long you wish to spend with them.

I suggest trying to do this every night before bed until the worry is no longer with you. You can also close your eyes on a break at work or on the subway ride home etc if your anxieties are making an appearance. Here is what I do, feel free to make this your own by changing the details to suit you.

Close your eyes. Make sure you are comfortable. Focus on allowing your breath to become deeper and your muscles to relax. Envision yourself sitting on a beach. You feel completely at home here, safe and relaxed. You feel a gentle breeze kissing your face and the sun warm on your skin. Allow your toes to sink into the sand and listen to the sound of the waves as the tide slowly comes in. When you are ready, envision yourself writing your anxiety or fear into the sand with your finger. “I fear my baby might not be healthy” or “I fear I am not prepared to be a good mother” or “I fear I wont be able to provide for my child” or “I fear that I will hate my body” ~ whatever your fear, write it slowly in the sand. Look at the words and take them in. Really take them in. Now, allow the tide to gradually come in, getting closer and closer to your toes. As it moves towards you, it begins to wash away the words … carrying your fear out into to the ocean. Allow the waves to carry your fears back out into the universe and to replace them with love and positivity. Allow this love and positivity to wash over your toes. Make sure to take the time to acknowledge how the water has carried away your words of anxiety and left behind clean, clear sand. Take a deep breath in…. and out… feel the weight of your anxieties lift. Allow yourself to fall into a restful sleep, you and baby surrounded by love and positivity.

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My second suggestion is a guided meditation by Andrew Johnson. He has a variety of meditations available for iPhone (and for most other smartphones I think), all of which I absolutely love. His pregnancy meditation really just focuses on allowing you to relax deeply and connect with your baby. This is infinitely important. From the very beginning of my pregnancy, my supervisor at the Robert Schad Naturpathic Clinic suggested that I connect with and talk to my baby (on an energetic level). It has been one of the most valuable pieces of advice I have had thus far. It is truly an incredible thing to be able to connect with another being before he/she has even entered the world. And to be honest, for me, the more I connected to my baby the smaller and smaller any of my fears and anxieties became. The app I am suggesting is 2.99 and is well worth it! It can be found by searching “Positive Pregnancy with Andrew Johnson.” I enjoy guided mediation because even if you drift off and allow your mind to wander, some part of your subconscious is still taking in the meditation.

Remember that all new paths, no matter how exciting, may at times feel uneasy or scary. This is all part of the learning curve, all part of our own growth and discovery. Best of luck as always, xo.

 

 

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You want me to do what? My obsession with Contrast Showers

Most of us know that drinking adequate amounts of water is integral to optimal health. But the use of water in relationship to our health is actually quite under-rated. Though the founders of naturopathic medicine, then known as nature cure, realized the amazing potential of water as healer, its potential has yet to be popularized in our culture.

Hydrotherapy can be defined as the use of water, either internally or externally, in the treatment of disease and the maintenance of heath. (1) While hydrotherapy encompasses many different treatments, contrast showers are easily done at home and provide an abundance of benefits! The basic idea is to alternate 2 mins of hot water with 30 seconds of cold water 3 times through, always ending with the cold water (detailed directions below).

Ultimately, water is used as a medium for temperature, hot or cold, to cause physiological responses in the body. But why would we want to use cold water in the shower? Let’s take a look at some of the physiological responses of subjecting ourselves to short bouts of cold water, these come from my hydrotherapy textbook referenced below. (1)

Short Cold Application (<1 min)

  • Increased O2 absorption
  • Increased CO2 excretion
  • Increased nitrogen absorption and excretion
  • Increased tissue tone
  • Increased peripheral white blood cell count (these guys fight infection!)
  • Increased peripheral red blood cell count
  • Decreased blood glucose
  • Stimulating to both circulation & metabolism

The logical next question is: why bother with alternating cold with hot?

Short hot applications (< 5 mins) cause a dilation of the blood vessels. Applying a short cold application (<1min) will cause an initial constriction of the blood vessels, followed by dilation. Thus, alternating the hot with the cold creates a vascular pumping action to increase the removal of toxic products (from infection, diet etc) and increase healing. (1) This alternation also increases the metabolism and immune system. (1)

Why do I love contrast showers so much? I eased into this seemingly strange practice in year one of my program and I have come to absolutely love it. Benefits I have experience first hand:

  • Increase Immunity: Yes, yes and yes. When everyone in my household, workplace or school is getting sick I DO NOT slack on my contrast showers. While I obviously can’t say they are the absolute reason I seem to stay generally healthy, I do know they play a large role.
  • Energy: Ending your shower with 30 seconds of freezing cold may sound painful but its actually quite energizing once you get used to it. I find my energy is definitely increased when I include contrast showers in my routine. Who doesn’t want more energy during the day?
  • Less Muscle Pain: I work out quite regularly and I find that contrast showers help speed my recovery. I assume this is due primarily to the fact that they help remove built up toxins (lactic acid etc).
  • Decreased Sensitivity to External Temperature Change: In all honesty, in winter it can be tough to wake up and jump in for a contrast shower. However, I have noticed that they have helped to regulate my super sensitive nature in terms of external temperature changes. I am often freeing when everyone else in the room is in a T shirt….. when I am diligent about my contrast showers I find this is less noticeable for me.
  • Skin: I have found that the use of contrast showers (especially in winter) really reduces dry skin and eczema.

In all honesty, while they may be a little uncomfortable at first, contrast showers are SO easy to include in your daily/weekly regime. Below I have shared a handout I created in my first year Hydrotherapy course explaining the “how to’s” of contrast showers.

Contrast Shower Handout-page-001

 

As always please consult your own ND as this may not be suitable for you. The main contraindication with most hydrotherapy treatments is peripheral vascular problems/ circulatory issues (often associated with diabetes) because sensation may be diminished leading to scalds/burns.

Reminder: this post is not meant to be construed as medical advice, but only as informational and based on personal experience. You should never enter into any treatment protocol/supplementation/exercise without the advice of a licensed naturopathic doctor or other health care practitioner. For more clarification on this please refer to the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

 References

1. Boyle, W. & Saine, A. (1988). Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy. Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications.

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Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

 

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Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

This recipe is great for summer! Who doesn’t love a burger in the summer? I eat meat – red meat included – but I do like to switch it up from time to time and this is a WONDERFUL recipe. Not only does quinoa pack a nice protein punch, but these “burgers” include lots of healthy veggies!

A major bonus is these also freeze very well and will keep for a few months in the freezer. I simply wrapped mine in plastic wrap and a ziploc and they were great when I just needed a nice easy dinner after a long or hectic day.

Give these a try – I promise even those who don’t eat ‘veggie’ burgers will approve. I like spicy foods so I included the option to heat things up a bit. If you don’t do spicy – simply leave those ingredients out.

Ingredients

Adapted from this recipe

1 Can Chickpeas (tip: buy ones that do not contain EDTA or other nasty preservatives. President’s Choice Blue Label are actually great – there are organic brands too)

1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa

2 Garlic Cloves (minced)

1 Bell Pepper (minced)

1 Jalepeno Pepper (minced, OPTIONAL)

2 Carrots (minced or grated)

1/4 Cup Green Onion (diced)

3 Tbsp Chia Seeds (ground flax works too)

3 Tbsp Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes (OPTIONAL)

~ 1 Tsp Sea Salt

Directions

1. Cook your Quinoa as per directions. Its usually the same method as rice – but be sure to rinse the quinoa first unless you bought a pre-rinsed variety.

2. While your quinoa is cooking chop/mince/dice all the veggies and combine in a large bowl – place to the side.

3. In a food processor (a blender will work too but you may need to split it into smaller batches) combine your chickpeas (be sure to rinse them first) and cooked quinoa (better if its still a little warm). Process lightly using the “pulse” setting. You want them to combine but not too much – if your mixture is too creamy they wont form into patties. Leaving some chunks is GOOD.

4. Combine the chickpea/quinoa mixture with all your veggies and stir together. Now add your Chia Seeds, Sunflower/Pumpkin Seeds, Salt and Red Pepper Flakes (optional).

photo-15. Form your mixture into patties. This recipe will yield about 6 patties depending on how small or large you make them.

6. Freeze or Cook.

7. I have found the best method for these is to pan grill them with some coconut oil. Do not use too much oil, grill each side over medium/high heat for about 4-5 mins. You want your patties to be browned and firm throughout.

8. Enjoy with whatever delicious toppings you desire.

My favourite toppings for these burgers are: grilled portobello mushroom, avocado, tomato and a pesto mayo – all on a 12 grain bun (or a gluten free variety).

 

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Baby on Board: My Journey Through the First Trimester ~ Morning Sickness

I’ll never forget the moment my favourite foods began to turn my stomach. The smell of roasting garlic, once something that made my mouth water (hungry or not), now made me feel entirely queasy. Enter the lovely…… morning sickness.

Morning sickness affects approximately 80% of pregnant women and its exact medical cause remains unclear. (1) One theory suggests that the high mount of pregnancy hormones (primarily HCG) circulating in the first trimester may be to blame, however this theory remains unproven. (1) According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pregnancy is thought to cause a Yin deficit in the female body as most of the Yin energies are going to building a healthy baby. This leaves a relative Yang excess. Yang energy rises and is meant to help hold the baby in the womb preventing miscarriage. However, according to TCM this excess Yang energy also may contribute to ‘rebellious’ or ‘rising ‘Qi and is thought to be one of the reasons pregnant women experience nausea, heartburn (rebellious stomach Qi) and headaches.

Whatever the cause, morning sickness is often very difficult to deal with, especially with the many responsibilities of modern lifestyles. On the bright side, I was lucky enough to experience only about 4 weeks of pregnancy associated nausea, weeks 7-10 were the worst for me. However, I was unlucky enough to have constant, all day long ‘morning’ sickness. Additionally, this period of my pregnancy fell 2 weeks before my 2 week long final exam period. GREAT! Needless to say I found as many tips and tricks to ease my nausea as I could and I want to share them with you today.

1. Ginger

I found ginger tea and Gin Gins Ginger Chews so helpful for my nausea. Ginger has been used traditionally for many generations to help with indigestion and pregnancy associated nausea. I found that having pure ginger tea bags in my purse and Gin Gins in all my bags, my car, my bedside table (basically all over the place) was a life saver. If I was having a bout of nausea I’d either make a tea in my travel mug or pop a Gin Gin in my mouth for some instant relief. For more about ginger I posted previously on this excellent herb and its many other uses here. As with all herbs, especially during pregnancy, never take ginger as a supplement (capsule, tincture etc) without the advice of a licensed health care practitioner.

2. Homeopathy

My intern at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic was so helpful during my first trimester. For my nausea in particular she prescribed Sepia, a homeopathic remedy that is famed for its use in morning sickness. As with all homeopathic remedies however, you have to have your own symptoms assessed by either your ND or a homeopath to find your individual remedy. For me, I really fit the Sepia picture of morning sickness: worse with the smell of cooked food (especially frying food), worse with cooked food (I literally ate nothing warm or cooked for a whole month), nausea that is better while eating but not before or after, nausea that is better with vigorous exercise. This symptom picture is odd but it was exactly my experience with morning sickness. While I was feeling super fatigued for most of my first 12 weeks, when I was able to exercise my nausea was 10x better. I began to take Sepia as needed, diluted in a water bottle and I found it helped to reduce the intensity and frequency. There are several different homeopathic remedies that are well known for morning sickness, so for those of you who have an ND or homeopath I’d definitely suggest having them find the best fit for your experience.

3. Eat Small, Often & Healthy

Feeling nauseous makes even the thought of eating difficult. However, for me an important trick was to make sure I ate something small every 2-3 hours max. I was fortunate, I only actually vomited 2-3 times during my first trimester, I really think eating frequently helped in that department. I found if I waited more than 2 hours to eat (even something small like a few almonds or grapes) I would feel my nausea much more intensely. Baby making is hard work! In the first trimester the placenta is under serious construction, once you reach the second trimester this structure will support and nourish baby. Allowing fluctuations in blood sugar by waiting too long between meals/snacks really triggers nausea for many people during the early stages of pregnancy. It is equally important to manage blood sugar with healthy snacks and not to pick high glycemic index foods like refined carbs, sweets etc that will cause a spike and fall in blood sugar. I found that it was important to eat healthy fats and protein whenever I could. Some of my favourite morning sickness friendly snacks were: almonds, cashews, avocado, cheese (if you can do dairy), greek yogurt (or a dairy free alternative if you need it). While these were palatable and small in portion, they gave me some much needed protein, fat and nutrition to help stave off that nausea. Ofcourse, I also incorporated lots of fruit and veggies (all uncooked for me as I really couldn’t tolerate anything hot). I know that often people crave bland carbs, on occasion this happened for me as well. I chose whole grains to ensure that I was avoiding blood sugar spikes and always included some protein and fat (almond butter on whole grain toast etc). One more helpful tip for me was to eat something before bed – a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit – to avoid waking during the night due to nausea.

4. Add Sour Foods

I think baby and I ate a mango and or a grapefruit everyday during my first trimester. These two things were my BIGGEST cravings. Pomegranate was also up there on my list, but to my chagrin they were not in season. I was curious about my cravings and after a little research I came across the TCM five flavours theory. The astringency of sour foods is considered a digestive aid and reduces nausea – perhaps this was knowledge my body had even before my brain!?

5. Break Up Your Vitamins

Sometimes prenatal vitamins can be alot to process when your stomach is already uber sensitive. I found taking half the dose with my breakfast and half the dose with my dinner REALLY helped to reduce nausea. And I could NEVER take my vitamins on an empty stomach.

5. Rest

While I truly believe that exercise is very important to a healthy pregnancy, not getting enough rest or pushing too hard while your body is still getting used to being pregnant can truly exacerbate morning sickness. My best advice to myself during this time was to listen to my body. Some days I knew I couldn’t work out, other days I would start and then instead of continuing my jog, I’d just walk. This is ok and HEALTHY. Nap when you feel tired, take a day off when you feel run down; pushing to the limits is ok every now and again, but not while your body is so hard at work creating life. Be gentle with yourself.

6. PC 6

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Pericardium 6 is an acupuncture/acupressure point on the wrist. This point runs along the pericardium meridian and is located 2 cun (a TCM measurement) above the wrist crease between the two most noticeable tendons (palmarus longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons). This point is specifically indicated for nausea, vomiting and morning sickness as it helps to harmonize the stomach and direct Qi downwards in the upper and middle burners (think back to my earlier mention of rebellious or rising Qi in pregnancy).(2) Applying pressure to this point in the midst of nausea worked wonders for me. An easy way to find the point is to place your index, middle and ring fingers at the wrist crease, this will place you somewhere in the vicinity of PC6. You’re TCM doctor or ND will likely include this point in your acupuncture treatment if you are suffering from morning sickness. However, you can also simply apply pressure to the point with your opposite hand to activate the meridian.

7. B6

During my first trimester I ended up adding a fourth supplement to my regime: B6 (pyridoxine). This was done under the supervision of my intern at the clinic – it is always integral (especially during pregnancy) to make sure you get dosing and approval of supplements from a licensed practitioner (ND, MD etc).  I was first exposed to the research on B6 in my second year Clinical Nutrition course. It shocked me to learn that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) lists vitamin B6 as a FIRST LINE treatment of pregnancy associated nausea and vomiting, yet so few of the pregnant women or mothers in my life had heard of using it.

The 2004 ACOG Practice Bulletin: Clinical Management Guidelines for Obstetrician-Gynecologists states that:

“Treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy with B6 or B6 plus doxylamine is safe and effective and should be considered first-line pharmacotherapy.” (3)

In addition clinical trials have also shown that B6 supplementation during pregnancy may reduce the risk of cardiac malformations (4) and offer protection of the vascular bed of the placenta leading to higher birth weights of both baby and placenta (5).

8. Keep ‘Things” Moving

Progesterone. A hormone integral to pregnancy but also associated with many of those ‘pesky’ and uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Progesterone promotes relaxation of our musculature to accommodate the growth of the uterus and our bellies. It also helps the joints to loosen so our pelvis can also widen upon delivery. However, this also means our digestive tracts relax and the peristaltic waves that keep our foods moving through our intestines slow down. This contributes to constipation, which in turn only makes morning sickness worse. While we cannot avoid the action of our hormones, eating plenty of fruits and veggies (think FIBRE) and staying hydrated can help to prevent constipation. I also bought some dried prunes and had them on hand all throughout trimester 1, they really do work wonders in terms of preventing constipation.

Equally important is staying active! Yes, you can still exercise (on the OK of your health care practitioner ofcourse) throughout your pregnancy. If you were very active pre-pregnancy you can likely keep your routine the same as long as you are careful not to overheat. If you were not so active pre-pregnancy you can change that, but you will want to get advice from your ND or GP and stick to gentle activities like walking, swimming or yoga (not hot yoga though unless you were an avid Moksha girl pre-pregnancy). Staying active helps to flush toxins as well as to keep the GI tract moving. I actually found that when I was able to combat my fatigue and go for a jog, my bowels thanked me big time!

There are many tricks to help your body naturally adapt to pregnancy – remember that as a woman you are more than fully equipped to create life and feel great doing so! Yes, there are aches, pains and ugh…. nausea. But, there are many small changes that may help to make things more comfortable so you can focus on the amazing feelings associated with bringing a new life into the world.

Reminder: this post is not meant to be construed as medical advice, but only as informational and based on personal experience. You should never enter into any treatment protocol/supplementation/exercise without the advice of a licensed naturopathic doctor or other health care practitioner. For more clarification on this please refer to the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

References 

1. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0701/p121.html

2. Kassam N. & Gowan M. (2009). Fundamentals of Clinical Acupuncture. Toronto: CCNM Press.

3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15051578

4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15357625

5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13836053

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Baby on Board: My Journey Through the First Trimester ~ Part 1

The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with healing as well as my own transformations as I journey along my path. My journey has led me into a new stage, one that was at first unexpected but at the same time welcomed and cherished: motherhood. November 2014 we will welcome our lovely baby into this the world. Already we have bonded and made baby part of our lives … and already motherhood has been quite the journey. Pregnancy brings about a flood of emotions, physical changes, and spiritual growth. One week before I found out I was pregnant I wrote the blog, Journal & Burn. In that post I shared with you the last sentence of 3 of my sessions, one read:

“Have faith in the events of your life. It doesn’t matter if ‘everything happens for a reason,’ whatever does happen you have the love, the power, the knowledge and the faith to face it.” 

My intuition had known that I was carrying not only my own energy and spirit, but the spirit of another long before my pregnancy test read positive. Its funny just how much truly listening to yourself can prepare you for what is to come.

As a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions swirled through my head and my heart I wanted to make sure the first thing I did was ensure my baby was getting the proper nutrients! In today’s post I want to share what supplements I have been taking from day 1 (well, aside from a few days when morning sickness got the better of me). If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you will know that while I believe that supplements have a very important place, I am more of a bare minimum kinda gal. So, with the help of my intern at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, I chose 3 supplements I felt were integral. I had a lovely discussion with my intern about the fact that truly, as a woman, my body innately knew how to create and nourish life. Because I am in good health I knew my body already had all of the essential tools. Yes, supplements like folic acid are important, but our bodies have been designed to grow healthy and beautiful babies so we also must have faith in our own cellular knowledge. This really helped me on those days when I couldn’t stomach my supplements or could only eat very small amounts due to morning sickness. I had to remind myself that baby was ok and that my body was focusing all of its energies on baby – even if I wasn’t able to keep a perfect diet that day.

So, what supplements did I choose and why?

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1. NFH Prenatal Multi-vitamin

A good prenatal multi-vitamin is something that the majority of women will include in their pregnancy health plan. I chose the NFH brand principally because it includes 1mg (1000 mcg) of folic acid, a good dose of B vitamins and 30 mg of iron glycinate. This form of iron has less gastrointestinal side effects and is also more bio-available.

Folic acid is important for the healthy development of the neural tube, this is extremely important in early pregnancy, especially the first 8 weeks. Often women trying to conceive will be advised to start a pre-natal multi, or at least to add a folic acid supplement to their regimen. B vitamins (especially B6) can help to increase energy and reduce pregnancy associated nausea.

I also like NFH because it comes in capsule form (easier to absorb than tablets) and has no harsh chemical fillers or binders.

2. NFH Probio Probiotic

Why did I choose a probiotic? Probiotics help to support the healthy microflora of the GI tract and some strains can also contribute to healthier vaginal flora. In fact a study done in 2000 demonstrated that women with more lactobacilli in their vaginal tract had increased rates of conception as well as a decreased rate of early pregnancy loss. (1) Another study found that women with vaginal lactobacilli were less likely to deliver pre-term (<33 weeks). (2)

Aside from the benefits of vaginal lactobaccili, probiotics encourage healthier elimination and digestions, both of which are useful for pregnancy (especially because progesterone spikes during pregnancy and contributes to constipation).

Lastly, several studies have shown that probiotics taken during pregnancy help to reduce the risk of atopic disease in the child. Atopic disease is used to describe several hypersensitivity reactions mainly allergic asthma and eczema.

A double blind, placebo controlled study conducted in April 2001, “gave Lactobacillus GG prenatally to mothers who had at least one first-degree relative (or partner) with atopic eczema, allergic rhinitis, or asthma, and postnatally for 6 months to their infants. Chronic recurring atopic eczema, which is the main sign of atopic disease in the first years of life, was the primary endpoint.” (3) At the end of the study children in the treatment group had HALF the occurrence of atopic disease as the placebo group. The authors of this study concluded that, “Lactobacillus GG was effective in prevention of early atopic disease in children at high risk. Thus, gut microflora might be a hitherto unexplored source of natural immunomodulators and probiotics, for prevention of atopic disease.” (3)

3. Ascenta Omega 3 Fish Oils

I chose to include fish oils in my supplement routine because while I do consume some wild fish in my diet I wanted to ensure adequate intake of DHA and EPA during my pregnancy without worrying about exposing my baby to heavy metal contamination. What is the deal with DHA/EPA you ask?

Many of you likely already know that omega 3 fatty acids (from fish oils) are excellent for the brain, reduction of inflammation etc. An impressive study performed in 2007 evaluated the effect of maternal seafood consumption (the primary source of omega 3’s) on childhood development. This study found that women who consumed greater amounts of seafood during pregnancy had children who showed superior IQ, prosocial behavior, fine motor skills, communication, and social development when compared to children whose mother’s intake was significantly lower. (4)

The EPA component of fish oil has been studied for its ability to enhance mood and as an adjunctive therapy for many behavioural/mood disorders in both children and adults. Because hormone changes can cause mixed emotions both during and after pregnancy (post-partum depression), I also felt that including fish oils in my pregnancy supplementation would have benefits for me as a momma as well.

Additionally, I plan to continue my supplementation postpartum as it can help to increase the quality of breast milk and ensure baby is getting all the best nutrients once outside of the womb!

I am approaching 19 weeks now, and excited to continue to share my experiences as I journey toward motherhood.

Reminder: this post is not meant to be construed as medical advice, but only as informational and based on personal experience and the experiences of others. You should never enter into any treatment protocol/supplementation without the advice of a licensed naturopathic doctor or other health care practitioner. 

Resources:

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1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12839628

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12530101

3 . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11297958

4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17307104