Planning a pregnancy?

If you’re thinking about trying to conceive in the next 3-6 months, you may want to think about a few things first. Preconception care is defined as a set of interventions aimed at identifying and modifying biomedical, behavioral, and social risks to a woman's health or pregnancy outcome through prevention and management. The goal is to ensure that the woman is as healthy as possible before conception to promote her health and the health of her future children. Its ultimate aim is to improve maternal and child health, in both the short and long term.

Planning a pregnancy is much like training for a marathon. Dr. Payne works with women in the pre-conception period to:

  • Regulate menstruation

  • Detox from oral contraceptives or IUDs

  • Obtain optimal nutritional status

  • Avoid potentially negative environmental toxins

  • Understand fertility signs and symptoms

 

Already pregnant?

Congratulations! Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer women when they are pregnant. What do we cover in a naturopathic pre-natal visit?

  • Nutrition: Power pregnancy foods, foods to avoid, deficiency prevention, food aversions/cravings and special considerations during pregnancy (ie. Iron, calcium, folate).

  • Symptom Management: Nausea, fatigue, heartburn, muscle cramps, hemorrhoids, carpal tunnel, back pain

  • Preventing complications: Miscarriage, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, pre-term labor

  • Labour preparation: acupuncture to prepare for labour, discussion of birth plan, breastfeeding preparation, post-partum recovery preparations

  • Post-Partum care: Breastfeeding support, post-partum depression, wellness, labour recovery.

To learn more, book a free 15 minute consultation with Dr. Payne at 250-475-1522.

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