By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND A concept that I find difficult to communicate with patients and in my writing, is that of preconception. Most of us think of this in terms of fertility, and getting pregnant. I would like to extend the concept of preconception to that of improving the health of our future children. The idea that we can take steps pre-conception to improve
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND A new term of postnatal depletion was coined by an Australian Doctor, Oscar Serralach, MD a few years back. It describes constellation of symptoms that can occur after pregnancies (usually multiple pregnancies), where the body takes a long time to fully recover energetically, hormonally and emotionally. The science behind the diagnosis is that during pregnancy, a mother’s body becomes depleted
By Cora Tomowich, MScPT, HonBKin After having a baby, your life changes in incredible ways. Not only do you now have a remarkable little person in your life, but you also have changes to your social life, your sleep habits, and most significantly to your body. Pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery are three of the most challenging tasks that the female body can undergo. Ligaments
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Why do we all feel so alone with a pregnancy loss? Given that women are having babies so much later, in their 30’s and 40’s, miscarriages are so much more common that you think. How common is miscarriage? Studies show that 10-25 percent of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. This does not however include what are called ‘chemical pregnancies’,
By Cora Tomowich, MScPT, Hons BKin So you’ve got a bun in the oven and a song in your heart, for you are about to become a mom! As you gradually work towards preparing for the baby, decorating the nursery, and planning the shower, you might want to ask yourself: “When should I work on me?” Preparing yourself for pregnancy, labour, and motherhood goes far
By Cora Tomowich, MScPT, Hons B Kin As many of you know, the pelvic floor is a group of muscles that line the base of the abdomen and pelvis. Along with the other deep core muscles of the body, the pelvic floor helps to form a solid foundation upon which the rest of the body can function. But what happens when it’s not working properly?
By Barbara Poczyniak, R. Ac, Registered Arvigo Therapist Fertility Part I – Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Preparing for Pregnancy Are you currently trying to conceive? Or are you planning to start soon? How prepared is your body for pregnancy? While we usually plan for healthy shifts to our diets and lifestyles when preparing to conceive, its not often we think to prepare
By Cora Tomowich, MScPT, Hons B Kin So, you just found out you are expecting a baby – congratulations! Pregnancy can be such an exciting and fun-filled time! There is the anticipation of motherhood, the excitement of feeling the baby kick, picking names, and deciding on how to decorate the perfect nursery. Many new mums also spend a lot of time reading books about what
At Darou Wellness, we have a fantastic team of qualified health practitioners. In the upcoming weeks, we will be featuring articles that highlight how we work together as a team to support your health. This week begins with postpartum recovery – a challenging time for many of us! Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the practitioners and approaches below. DR.
Choosing prenatal vitamins can be complicated, as the world of supplements is difficult to navigate. The two most popular prenatal vitamins are “Materna” and “Preg vit”, but I would like to show you why professional brands of supplements are far superior in both nutrient levels, and absorption. My current favourite prenatal vitamin is NFH brand “Prenatal SAP”, as they have integrated the most current research into their prenatal vitamin formula. Other great brands are Thorne Research, Douglas laboratories and Pure Encapsulations.