Prenatal Postnatal Naturopathic Medicine
There are many ways to prepare for an optimal and healthy pregnancy.
You are thinking about starting a family and want to make sure you’re in the best possible health to grow a tiny human…but you don’t know where to start. Our Naturopaths in Newmarket, York region, and Toronto, recommend preparing for pregnancy and conception about 6 months to one year before conception.
So what is Naturopathic Medicine? It’s a natural, holistic, and non-invasive approach to medicine that can treat an array of conditions and symptoms.
- Stress management
- Mental/emotional health
- Promoting and supporting proper detoxification
- Assessing and addressing hormone balance
- Addressing nutritional deficiencies and
- Identifying a healthy and individualized diet
Our naturopaths in Newmarket, York region, and Toronto may use the following modalities during your appointment:
- Clinical nutrition and supplementation
- Botanical/Herbal medicine
- Lifestyle modification
Give your baby the best possible start.
Naturopathic Medicine For Fertility
Sometimes starting a family isn’t as easy as we thought it would be.
Perhaps you have had a difficult time getting pregnant, or you have suffered through miscarriages. Naturopathic medicine in Newmarket, York region, and Toronto can support your own natural fertility, or also support you through traditional fertility treatment. We can help you achieve your goal of having a baby.
Some of the underlying causes of fertility issues that can be treated with Naturopathic medicine include:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),
- Hormonal imbalance
- Hypothyroidism and thyroid disease
- Poor egg quality
- Low ovarian reserve
- Luteal phase defect
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Unexplained infertility
Commonly Asked Questions About a Fertility Naturopath
How can natural fertility treatment help me become pregnant?
Natural fertility treatment involves various therapies to complement the conventional fertility approach. Many factors get overlooked when couples are facing difficulty on their road to conception, so we make sure to look at the whole picture to understand better how to support your unique situation.
The most common factors we consider to improve fertility include:
- Weight management for fertility
- Dietary habits to improve fertility
- Egg & sperm quality
- Hormone balance, cycle charting & ensuring ovulation
- Reducing inflammation
- Stress management
- Improving sleep
Whether you’re trying naturally or working with a fertility clinic, spending up to 3 months in preparation using naturopathic approaches has repeatedly proven to result in higher pregnancy rates and improved embryo quality.
I have an underlying medical condition that is causing my infertility, can naturopathic medicine help?
Yes. Naturopathic medicine can be used to effectively address many conditions that result in infertility such as:
Uterine fibroids & polyps
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Hormone imbalance and irregular menstrual cycles
Low sperm quantity and quality
Low egg quality
Can naturopathic medicine benefit me if we are using assisted reproductive technology (ie, In vitro fertilization)?
Yes. While assisted reproductive technology ensures the creation and implantation of embryos, naturopathic therapies focus on improving the quality of those embryos which is equally important. We do this by working with couples a few months before egg retrieval to improve egg and sperm quality. Incorporating acupuncture to support assisted cycles improves outcomes as well.
How does acupuncture help while I’m going through assisted fertility treatment?
Acupuncture is effective during the entire reproductive cycle. We recommend including acupuncture during the preconception period, and throughout the egg retrieval, transfer, implantation and two week wait period.
The benefits of acupuncture for fertility include:
⁃ improved blood flow to the ovaries and improved endometrial lining
⁃ improved response to medicated cycles
⁃ reduced stress hormone production
⁃ promotion of optimal environment for implantation
⁃ Treatment for irregular cycles, PCOS and endometriosis
Sometimes getting pregnant is harder than it ought to be.
Naturopathic Medicine During Pregnancy
Getting and being pregnant is one of the biggest events in a woman’s life.
While pregnancy is truly special, sometimes the ailments and discomforts that may accompany it may zap your pregnancy glow and make daily living more difficult than it should be. There are a number of ways Naturopathic medicine in Newmarket, York region, and Toronto can help manage many of these issues.
Common pregnancy concerns effectively managed through Naturopathic medicine include:
- Gestational Diabetes
- Constipation and Gas
- Immune issues (Frequent Colds/Illness)
- Leg cramps
- Reducing risk of Group B Strep colonization, etc.
Naturopathic medicine can help support a healthy pregnancy by utilizing proper diet, herbs and nutritional supplementation specific to a woman’s individualized needs in each trimester.
As your pregnancy nears its end our Naturopaths in Newmarket, York region, and Toronto can help you prepare for smoother labour and recovery. Naturopathic medicine can help during pregnancy with:
Commonly Asked Questions About a Prenatal Naturopath
How soon after becoming pregnant do you need to see a naturopathic doctor?
As soon as possible! While it is common to wait 10-12 weeks before being seen by an obstetrician or midwife, many couples have lots of questions and concerns and our naturopathic doctors can offer support from week 1. Not only is it great to have any early pregnancy concerns addressed right away, but you can rest assured that you are receiving all the critical nutrients and factors considered for pregnancy viability and healthy baby development in the first trimester. From choosing the best prenatal vitamin to preparing your birth plan, our naturopathic doctors are here to support you every step of the way.
I have an obstetrician or midwife already, why do I need to see a naturopath?
While we order the same tests as your primary care provider, we may interpret the results differently. We will ensure your levels are not just sufficient, but optimal. We can also offer treatment to address your pregnancy related symptoms and conditions using natural, safe and evidence-based therapies. Addressing your prenatal health from every angle ensures better pregnancy and birth outcomes.
What are the most common pregnancy-related conditions & concerns that we treat?
Naturopathic medicine can help prevent and guide you through treatment options for many pregnancy-related conditions such as:
⁃ Morning sickness/ nausea + vomiting
⁃ Urinary Tract or Yeast infections
⁃ Constipation or Hemorrhoids
⁃ Restless legs syndrome
⁃ Gestational diabetes
⁃ Gestational hypertension
⁃ Edema & varicose veins
⁃ Pain management
⁃ Placenta previa
⁃ Immune support
⁃ Breech fetal position
⁃ Labour preparation
⁃ Natural induction
Is it safe to use naturopathic therapies during pregnancy?
Yes, when prescribed by a properly trained practitioner, there are many vitamins, nutrients, herbs and homeopathic remedies that are effective and safe during pregnancy. Our practitioners are the experts on recommending evidenced based, natural therapies to support you safely throughout your pregnancy.
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Postnatal Naturopathic Care
The first three months after birth, or the ‘fourth trimester’, is a time for recovery.
It’s also a time for bonding with baby and adjustment to a new routine; whether it’s with baby number one or baby number four. Sometimes breastfeeding isn’t as easy as we think it will be, or our emotions don’t settle back to normal (whatever that is!) after the first six weeks. Emotional and physical support during the fourth trimester can make all the difference in how well a woman recovers and her success with breastfeeding.
Naturopathic medicine can be invaluable during this time providing support for the new mom with post-partum recovery
- Pain management
- Vaginal/perineal healing
- C-section healing
- Breastfeeding issues, including help with determining food sensitivities
- Post-partum depression/anxiety and other mood issues
Commonly Asked Questions About a Postnatal Naturopath
I am postpartum, when should I see a naturopathic doctor?
We are here to support you any point whether it be immediately after your delivery to improve healing or further down the road to assist with burnout. While motherhood means shifting your attention to your little one, know that our focus is YOU. You deserve support to ensure you heal, recover and transition into motherhood feeling your very best.
What are the most common postpartum-related conditions that we treat?
Naturopathic medicine can help you thrive, some common conditions we treat include:
⁃ Perineal healing
⁃ Healing from cesarean
⁃ Postpartum mood support
⁃ Milk supply
⁃ Thyroid health
⁃ Weight gain
⁃ Fatigue & Adrenal support
Are naturopathic therapies safe while breastfeeding?
Yes. Our practitioners are expertly trained to ensure any therapeutics used are compatible with breastfeeding to ensure your peace of mind.
Live after having a baby can be challenging. We can help.
Naturopathic Treatment For Pediatric Health
Sometimes our little ones have their own bumps in the road, health-wise.
Naturopathic doctors in Newmarket, York region, and Toronto can provide primary care to your child through all stages, effectively dealing with the any and all health issues that your little one might be faced with.
Naturopathic medicine can help your little one with:
- Feeding issues
- Digestive issues: colic, gas, reflux, constipation, diarrhea
- Skin issues: rashes/eczema/psoriasis/cradle cap
- Allergies/food sensitivities
- Immune support: frequent colds/flus, ear infections, fever
- Sleep issues
- Mood, attention and behavioural issues
- Developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders
Commonly Asked Questions About Pediatric Naturopathy
How can pediatric naturopathy help my baby?
The principles of naturopathy require a close look at all the systems involved in your infant, toddler or big kid’s well-being. We ensure that your baby is hitting all their milestones and benefitting from the vital nutrients required for their growth. Changes in your child’s development may reveal early signs of nutrient deficiencies or health concerns. Implementing small changes can have lasting impact on your child’s long-term health.
What are the most common conditions that we treat in babies and kids?
Naturopathic medicine can effectively manage many conditions of infancy and childhood. Some common concerns include:
⁃ Acid reflux
⁃ Frequent colds & flus
⁃ Ear infections
⁃ Sleep disturbances
Let us help you get your little one feeling their best all the time.
What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopaths view health from a holistic perspective taking into account the various factors that impact health including physical dysfunction, mental/emotional stress, diet/nutrition, environmental burden, genetics and family history.
The ultimate goal in Naturopathy is to determine and treat the root cause of an illness or symptom by supporting the body’s internal efforts to heal, restoring balance and sustaining optimal health. Naturopathic doctors use a number of modalities to treat a variety of health issues.
Treatment can include clinical nutrition, physical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, herbal medicine, stress management and homeopathy.
Naturopathic Medicine Principles
There are a number of principles that govern the practice of Naturopathic medicine.
1. First do no harm
Naturopathic doctors use the most non-invasive therapies with few, if any, side effects in order restore optimal health.
2. The healing power of nature
The body has an innate ability to heal itself; Naturopathic Doctors support this ability by identifying and removing obstacles to cure and providing the framework for optimal health.
3. Identify and treat the cause
It’s not enough to remove the symptoms; the goal of Naturopathic medicine is to treat the root cause, figure out why the symptoms were present to begin with and ultimately remove the underlying cause of disease.
4. Doctor as teacher
This is one of the most important roles a doctor plays in a patient’s life. Naturopathic doctors take this role seriously, educating and empowering patients to take charge of their health.
5. Treat the whole person
Naturopathic doctors treat the person, not the disease. They recognize that optimal health can only be achieved when the whole person is addressed; their diet, mental/emotional, and physical state as well as their genetics, family history and any environmental/social factors impacting their health.
Focus is always on disease prevention, promoting optimal health and wellness.
West End Mamas works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.
Complementary Services & Treatments
We provide a holistic approach to treatment, and have a wide variety of services that compliment each other. Click on the links below for more information about how our other services can help you on your path to motherhood.
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– Tiffany Gilmour
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