Dr. Lani Nykilchuk

Naturopathic Family Physician

The Fourth Trimester- Time to Recover and enjoy baby

There are long held traditions around the fourth trimester (up to 3 months post-partum). It is a time to nourish both yourself and baby. This will speed recovery, allow for bonding with baby and help you adjust to new routines.Cherish this time, use it for rest and rejuvenation.

Postpartum care includes:

  • Healing post-delivery/ c-section
  • General nutrition support
  • Low energy, poor sleep
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Emotional support and prevention/treatment of post partum depression and anxiety

Naturopathic Pregnancy and Postpartum Care:

Naturopathic medicine offers an invaluable source of support to help guide you through pregnancy and beyond.  Naturopathic doctors work as a team with midwives, family doctors, and/or obstetricians, to offer integrative prenatal-care and support.

Naturopathic pregnancy and postpartum support includes nutritional support, vitamins, minerals, herbal medicines, acupuncture, Bowen therapy, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling and prescriptive medication, if required.

We are each unique, and naturopathic medicine treats the individual, which means care specific to yours and your babies needs. We can address concerns and focus on prevention and support at each trimester.

Specific protocols include: 

  • Pregnancy specific dietary and nutrient support – adjusted through each trimester
  • Labour preparation/cervical ripening β€“ through acupuncture
  • Natural induction

 

Pregnancy Health Concerns Addressed by ND’s: 

  • Nutrient deficiencies, including anemia/iron deficiency.
  • Morning sickness
  • Fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety and depression
  • Digestive concerns (heartburn, constipation)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections, Bacterial vaginosis
  • Leg cramps, back pains & sciatica
  • Skin concerns
  • Hemorrhoids, and varicose veins
  • Swelling/Edema
  • Immune support- allergies, colds and flus
  • Prevention of group B-strep
  • Gestational diabetes and blood sugar imbalances
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension and prevention of preeclampsia
  • Prevention of preterm labour and premature rupture of membranes
  • Turning of breech or posterior position – with acupuncture

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