Nursing is a beautiful gift to both the mom and baby but it is a learned skill. It can take persistence and support. For those who want a quick summary of the process below is keys to getting started and succeeding in breastfeeding.
There is a lot of confusion about folate, folic acid, MTHFR gene mutation, and supplementation. I am going to break it down for you in simple terms. I want you to be confident that you are getting enough of the right kind of folate for your body.
The bottom line is if you take folic acid and have a mthfr gene mutation or your cell receptors are blocked because of too much folic acid you are at higher risk for infertility issues, recurrent pregnancy loss, preeclampsia, a child with Down syndrome or autism, postpartum depression or chronic depression, and elevated homocysteine levels.
As high as 30%, of infertility is unexplained meaning there is not a pin-pointed reason why the couple cannot get pregnant. Unexplained infertility is very frustrating as it does not give you any direction to go forward. Lab tests oftentimes uncover the reason. Here are the ones I recommend, in order or all at once.
Even if not a first baby, adding another baby, though a wonderful gift, can be a huge stress. Here are some practical, safe-for-pregnancy ideas to support your emotions.
During pregnancy women want to be even more careful what they take so certain drugs are out. I want to dig a bit deeper into why you may not be sleeping and what you can do to help it even during pregnancy.
Birth can be one of the most beautiful experiences a woman ever has or it can be a horrendous nightmare. The difference is knowing how to prepare for birth. These 8 steps will help you create the birth of your dreams. I expand on them more in my course Creating Your Dream Birth you can take here.
If you asked me what makes the biggest difference in pregnancy for the health of the mom and baby I would say NUTRITION. Yet, this is not a priority for most care providers. So many times I have heard women say their care provider said, ”It does not matter what you eat as long as you eat enough”. There is great confusion over what is nutrition, what actually provides health to the body.
I am fascinated with how to have healthy pregnancy and children. When can you most impact the health of your child and pregnancy? The answer is before you get pregnant. There is a foundation of health that you pass on your baby that can only be done before pregnancy. Your baby will be created from a sperm and egg that reflect the health of your bodies especially in the 5 months before you get pregnant. So what do you need to do to lay down a healthy foundation for your baby?
Unexplained infertility accounts for 25% of infertility cases. In these cases there is not an obvious reason why a woman cannot get pregnant and stay pregnant. One area that is often overlooked is hidden pathogens like viruses.
News Flash! Premenstrual Syndrome is your body communicating that something is not right and needs to change. PMS should not be normal, though it is very common. What should be normal is to come up to menstruation about 27-30 days after starting it last time without even realizing we are going to start and have an easy bright red flow of 3-5 days. Anything else is not normal and is our body communicating that our hormones are out of balance. Be encouraged. We can interpret what the body is telling us and over time help our cycle to be normal.
There are trends in health care. Some are beneficial and some are not. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be give vitamin D drops. My initial reaction is breastmilk is the perfect food and babies don’t need anything else! But let us be honest, we live in a malnourished culture with processed food and poor guts and we want to give our kids the absolute best. So I decided to look closer into giving vitamin D to babies.
Simply put, having the mthfr mutation could be the cause of recurrent miscarriages and a whole host of other problems.
We have the genes we have ---- that does not change ---- but the good news is we do not treat genes, we support methylation pathways. If methylation is working well we are good and if it is not we are prone to the issues mentioned above. So how do we support methylation?
As an introduction to myself and to Vibrant Health and Healing. I want to tell a bit of my story concerning functional health and why I do what I do. I am a licensed midwife and love midwifery. I love working with families and being able to speak into people’s lives at such an important time of transition and joy. My favorite part of midwifery is…most people guess the babies, but actually it is the moms. I love helping to solve problems and figure out answers. At the moment I'm not even delivering babies. You might ask why when I love it and the answer has to do with what I'm doing now and why I believe in Functional Health.
My journey into functional health started with my own health. Along with loving my job as a midwife, I love to travel and love adventure. In December of 2013 I combined these three and accepted an invitation to work at a birth center in Tacobon, Philippines for a couple of weeks. I was part of a disaster relief team after Typhoon Yolanda. While there, though I did not know it at the time, I picked up a parasite that proceeded to destroy my intestinal lining and my health. In January I jumped back into working at a busy midwifery practice. Soon I was thinking “I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I am so fatigued. I just have to make it to the end of May and vacation.” My mom says I don't know how to not be in school, so in May I started a functional nutrition course. I did not know it, but this was setting me up to help myself with my own journey. With summer, my health continued to deteriorate, to where by August my body ached all over constantly, I got my first migraine headache, and I was so fatigued all the time all I wanted was to lay on the couch and cry. Even though I was exhausted I constantly woke up in the middle of the night and could not sleep. I was eating great-- no sugar and no grains and still continued to feel worse. I was about to start an internship as well as still doing midwifery and all I wanted was to go home to my mom and cry! I told my mom, “I don’t want to die, but I cannot live like this.” Because I believe that health is holistic, spirit, soul and body I believe God heard my cry and answered me in what I was already learning about functional health. I used some of the labs and discovered the culprit, a parasite, which destroyed my mucosal lining, wrecked my adrenals and caused a whole host of issues. I also consulted with an amazing natural doctor who helped guide me, along with my course, using detoxing and nutrition to heal my body. It was not overnight but it was progressive.
We are told health is about eating good and exercise and I say that is important but often health is determined by underlying factors that are causing stress in our body. We need to dig deeper and find the root. If I had not done this I would have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and medicated and likely still be sick today.
When I first learned about functional nutrition I went wow that is what I do as a midwife only on a much broader scale. It is being a health detective and helping people solve their health issues by finding the underlying problem and empowering them to fix it with nutrition and lifestyle. So today I get to help dig deeper into fertility issues and digestive issues and find the root of what is going on so the body can function the way is was designed to.
If any of this resonates with you and you want to look deeper into your health please make an introductory appointment with me. Especially if you are wanting to get pregnant or are pregnant and want more nutrition and preventative care.
When it comes to conception the value of a good egg is priceless. Yet we women woman all too often take for granted that our eggs will be there for us when we need them to give us the most precious gift possible -- a baby.
During women’s reproductive years we use menstrual products monthly for from 3 to 7 days. Rarely do women think about the consequences of what is in their menstrual products. Both tampons and plastic pads have toxins.
Miscarriage is a common occurrence with as high as 20% of all pregnancies ending in the first 20 weeks. Although accepted as common, miscarriage is not normal and though not always preventable there are many ways to support the body to make it less likely. The best time to prevent a miscarriage is before pregnancy.
I am constantly searching for effective yet natural remedies to help prevent and heal sickness. The best medicine is food and environment.
Influenza is normal part of our winters from November to March and we do not think of people dying of it unless they are old or already immune compromised. But we do think of being miserable from it.
If you are actively trying to get pregnant or maybe you are thinking in a year or so I would want to get pregnant right now is the perfect time to do a fertility cleanse. A Fertility cleanse supports the body's own detoxification abilities to help you support reproductive health.