The Conception Care Program is a series of visits scheduled regularly through your pregnancy to support the healthiest outcome, and prevent common health issues and complications in pregnancy. A typical overview is as follows:
1. Congratulations you’re pregnant! Book your first appointment when you first find out you’re pregnant (4-6 weeks):
- A discussion on choices. How to approach your pregnancy and what you need to know.
- Topics covered: pregnancy and nutrition; foods, herbs and medicines to avoid; choosing your prenatal care (midwife, obstetrician, family doctor); dispelling common misconceptions; prenatal vitamins; and the ongoing role of naturopathy in pregnancy.
2. Your First Trimester: How are you feeling? (8-10 weeks):
- Discussion of common (and not so common) symptoms encountered in the first trimester. Common symptoms include: fatigue, nausea, indigestion, constipation, stress management, anxiety or sleeplessness. Discussion of naturopathic support options to ease (or eliminate) some or all of these complaints. Naturopathic alternatives to allopathic medicines.
3. Second trimester: Congratulations, you’re feeling better! (14-18 weeks):
- Now that the symptoms of first trimester are behind you, this is the time to focus on nutrition. As your weight is increasing rapidly, you will require support in key areas including optimal exercise in pregnancy, stress management, iron levels and thyroid function. A critical discussion on the importance of prevention of common 3rd trimester complications such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia).
- Discussion on resources for prenatal classes or other labour support.
4. Early third trimester: Preparing for Delivery (24-27 weeks):
- It’s almost time for your baby to arrive, and there are things you need to know. Discussion on optimizing nutrition (optimum weight gain, diabetes prevention, nutrition for baby’s health), importance and type of exercise (efficiency and duration of labour, minimized back pain, cardiovascular health), and supplement support (baby’s brain development, prevention of allergies, and labour support).
- Group B Strep prevention – treatment starts now, to reduce the likelihood of needing to treat this common bacterial infection.
- Counseling: post-partum period – ensuring there is adequate support for the mother during the first month. Counseling on factors affecting post-partum depression and means of prevention. What you need to know: physiological factors (thyroid), family support and support groups, naturopathic care (homeopathy, supplements, counseling).
5. Late third trimester: It’s Almost Time – Preparation for Labour (3 visits at 36, 37 and 38 weeks):
- Pre-Birth acupuncture to reduce the risk of complications during labour, to promote a more efficient delivery and reduce the need for induction (book at 37, 38 and 39 weeks).
- Critical issues (common and uncommon): pain management in labour; post-date pregnancy (what to do if you go beyond your due date) and avoiding inductions; fatigue and back pain.
- Discussion on post-natal health (mother and baby): nutrition, supplements, breast feeding resources (lactation consultant if needed), and naturopathic baby care (vaccine consultation, food introduction, immune system support, prevention of allergies).
The conception care program is available to all current patients, and for new patients these visit follow your initial naturopathic consultation.