We offer comprehensive pregnancy care services at Darou Wellness, through our complete practitioner team.
Naturopathic Prenatal Care
During pregnancy, Naturopathic medicine offers support to conditions including: morning sickness, fatigue, high blood pressure, digestive upset, heartburn, constipation, as well as to prepare for labor, or even help to turn your baby before birth. Women often prefer a more gentle and natural approach to their health at this time, choosing to avoid or limit the use of potentially harmful medications.
A “Conception Care Program” is offered to follow you through a healthy pregnancy, with regularly schedule appointments to complement your care with a midwife or Obstetrician. There is ample time in your appointments to answer your questions, and also to help with the decision-making process with prenatal testing options, childbirth interventions and post-natal care.
Once your baby arrives, the clinic offers support in many areas including:
- improve your energy levels
- nutrition support
- breast feeding difficulties
- postpartum blues or anxiety
- sleep issues
- losing baby weight
- optimal supplements for the post-partum time
This is an important time for rebuilding your health and energy reserves, and this is where naturopathic care can help by offering support to bring you back into strong, vibrant health.
In the first weeks postpartum, phone consultations are available to existing patients to discuss any difficulties in the early days.
Other Clinic Services
Our clinic also has practitioners who would love to support you through pregnancy.
1. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
A pelvic floor physiotherapist has completed post graduate certification in and treating your pelvic floor muscles which are a part of your core (pelvic floor, diaphragm, transversus abdominis, multifidus). The gold standard for knowing how your pelvic floor is working is with an internal assessment since these muscles exist inside your pelvis. Your pelvic floor is the exactly what it sounds like – the floor of your pelvis which has many key jobs- stopping you from leaking urine (common but NOT normal before, during or after pregnancy) and stool/gas, supporting your tailbone, pelvis, low back, pelvic organs and baby, sexual functions and lymphatic flow in your pelvic region. Finding out if these muscles are tight/weak or loose/weak are key in guiding you through pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Many women assume these muscles are loose BUT they can actually be tight just like any other muscle in our body. If this is the case it is important to release these muscles through manual release, breathing techniques and stretches since when childbirth time comes, if these muscles are still tight this can contribute to vaginal tearing plus you can still continue or begin to have incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic floor physiotherapists also check if you have a diastasis (abdominal separation) which happens by the end of pregnancy for most women if it is your first child but if it is a subsequent pregnancy you may be entering pregnancy with already having a diastasis.
If you need extra help with nutrition and weight gain, how to eat optimally in pregnancy, prevention or treatment of gestational diabetes, or how to deal with special diets in pregnancy, please book an appointment with our nutritionist for detailed support.
Acupuncture treatments are safe and effect to reduce nausea, reduce back and hip pain in pregnancy, and also to help initiate labour if you go past 40 weeks as a form of natural induction.
Osteopathic care is very helpful for aches and pains as your body changes and grows, and to support optimal alignment in pregnancy.
Anxiety and fear can be a part of the prenatal experience. These feelings can arise from many situations, including, but not limited to, a prior miscarriage, anticipating labour and doubting your competency as a mother. If there has been a loss in the family a pregnancy my stir up feelings of grief. Pregnancy is a time of process and psychotherapy can help you find trust and patience for your body.
5. Massage therapy
Our massage therapists are both trained in pregnancy massage, which is always helpful for relaxation and relief of muscle tension.