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    How can a pregnancy naturopath support me during my pregnancy journey?

    A pregnancy naturopath can support both you and your baby during pregnancy by optimising your fertility nutrition, managing pregnancy symptoms with natural remedies, providing guidance on exercise and stress management, recommending prenatal tests, and preparing you for labour and delivery. They can also offer postpartum support for recovery and breast milk production.

    What are prenatal supplements?

    Prenatal supplements are dietary supplements designed to support the nutritional needs of women during pregnancy. These supplements typically contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are essential for the healthy growth and development of the foetus.

    Taking a prenatal vitamin is recommended for all pregnant women to support the nutritional needs of both the mother and the developing foetus.

    It is important to note that vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. A prenatal vitamin should be taken in conjunction with a balanced diet to achieve optimal health for a healthy pregnancy.

    What are postnatal vitamins, and why are they important?

    Postnatal vitamins support the nutritional needs of women after giving birth, containing higher levels of vitamins and minerals important for recovery, such as iodine, selenium, vitamin D, and B vitamins, like B12 and folate.

    These vitamins promote maternal health and support lactation. Consult with a healthcare provider before taking postnatal vitamins, as they may not be appropriate for everyone and can interact with other medications or supplements.

    What are postnatal supplements, and when should they be taken?

    Postnatal supplements are dietary supplements that support the nutritional needs of women after childbirth, aiding in supporting maternal health and supporting lactation. They may contain vitamins, minerals, probiotics, or herbal supplements. They can be taken once the mother is ready after childbirth, but it's best to consult with a healthcare provider first. It's important to follow the recommended dosage and frequency to avoid harmful effects.

    What can I expect during a naturopathic consultation?

    At The Natal Naturopath, we conduct an extensive case history review during your first naturopathic consultation to assess your health status, including medical history, gut health, genetics, nutrition, and lifestyle. We create an individualised treatment plan that includes prescriptions, supplements, herbal medicine, diet, and lifestyle recommendations based on this consultation as well as blood test interpretation. We may conduct further investigations and pathology tests and guide you through your results during your naturopathic consultation.

    How can fertility naturopathy help me conceive?

    Fertility naturopathy aims to identify and treat imbalances or deficiencies affecting natural conception. A thorough assessment of medical history, lifestyle, and health status is conducted to identify factors contributing to infertility. Treatment may include nutritional counselling, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements to improve fertility and reproductive health. Collaboration with other healthcare professionals may be utilised.

    What is the role of DHA in pregnancy?

    DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid crucial for your baby’s brain and eye development during pregnancy. Adequate intake has been associated with improved cognitive function and visual acuity in children and may reduce the risk of preterm labour and postpartum depression. DHA can be obtained through fatty fish and DHA pregnancy supplements.

    EPA is another source of omega-3 fatty acid that is known for its anti-inflammatory effects and potential benefits for cardiovascular health.Some prenatal supplements and fish oil supplements are specifically formulated to contain higher amounts of DHA and EPA to support foetal and maternal health.

    What is Ironbiotic, and how does it support my health?

    Ironbiotic is a supplement that combines iron and probiotics to support red blood cell production and support iron levels in the body. Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells during pregnancy, while probiotics aid in the absorption of nutrients and support gut health.

    What is EverNatal, and does it support maternal health?

    EverNatal is our signature prenatal, antenatal, and postnatal vitamin supplement that supports maternal health. It contains essential vitamins and minerals, including methyl-folate, choline, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 which supports both maternal health and healthy foetal development.

    What are thyroid supplements, and how do they support thyroid health?

    Thyroid supplements are dietary supplements that contain vitamins, minerals, and herbs believed to support thyroid health. They often contain iodine, selenium, zinc, and copper, which are important for thyroid hormone production and conversion. Some supplements also contain adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha or Rhodiola to support thyroid function.

    What is a women's probiotic, and how can it benefit my health?

    A women's probiotic is a supplement containing beneficial bacteria believed to support women's health. Probiotics help maintain a healthy gut bacteria balance and may include strains like Lactobacillus crispatus and Lactobacillus jensenii to support a healthy vaginal microbiome. Probiotics may have potential health benefits, including supporting normal immune function, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and preventing and treating vaginal infections and other gynaecological conditions.