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. SHAWNA DAROU, ND
Naturopathic care postpartum includes care for both mom and baby to support your optimal recovery. For new moms, some of the issues we can address include: energy levels, sleep quality, postpartum blues or anxiety, losing baby weight, low milk supply, thyroid assessment and optimal nutrition and supplements for the postpartum 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. Telephone consultations are always available for existing patients.
Care for your newborn also begins 4-6 weeks postpartum and can include common newborn concerns: breastfeeding challenges, colic, fussiness, gas, digestive upset, rashes and more. Later baby-care includes a plan for food introduction, strategies for allergies and eczema, optimal growth, safe supplements for babies, treating illnesses such as colds, diarrhea and ear infections, and immune support with the transition to daycare. Complete family care is one of the most rewarding parts of a naturopathic practice!
KRISTINA SCHWALM-BACQUET, BWS, MSW, RSW
Mental Health Therapist
Bringing a new baby into the world is often both an exciting and stressful time. It can take it’s toll both physically and emotionally. It is highly common for both sexes to experience some anxiety and sadness both as a result of intense hormonal shifts, and the new life transitions that are required. Loss of sleep, typical routines and disruptions to personal goals and lifestyle are additional strains on the individuals and family as a whole.
While caring for a new baby becomes the primary focus at this time, in order to do so, maintaining optimal mental wellness of the adult caregivers is of paramount importance. Symptoms of anxiety, stress, sadness, emotional distress and general coping are incredibly common and highly treatable through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In CBT work we will identify the moods and emotional states, assess the behavioural changes necessary, and work with emerging thinking patterns to alter perception and mood. This practice is proven to recover mental wellness to an optimal state that is necessary to appropriately experience the joy and wonder of this new life transition.
SANDY ANTUNES, M.OMSc
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Pregnancy and delivery are experiences that involve many structural, physiologic and emotional changes. Unresolved issues acquired during this time can contribute to ongoing pelvic pain/hip instability, back problems, neck/shoulder pain, headaches, stress incontinence and constipation. Some strains can have a tremendous affect the nervous system (possibly contributing to postpartum depression).
Taking care of the baby can also put enormous strain on the back/neck/shoulders with activities such as lifting car seats, bending over the crib, poor posture during feeding, and eventually carrying the child on one hip – all of which can take its toll on the body and place added strain on joints. Not to mention limited sleep!
Osteopathic treatment can help with recovery and reduce the risk of any lasting injuries which could potentially be exacerbated with future pregnancies. During this time we can take advantage of a pregnancy hormone called relaxin, which is still in the body after delivery, to make easier and more lasting changes with osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathy uses gentle non-invasive manipulation, while assessing the quality and range of movement during treatment. It can help restore and maintain neutral spinal and pelvic alignment and stability, in relation to the rest of the body, therefore relieving pain and discomfort from unresolved stresses during pregnancy and labour. It has a wholistic approach to treatment, taking into consideration the patients individual needs, and not just a set of symptoms. It’s not just about addressing muscles and joints in realignment, but also about supporting the nervous system, helping with circulation and fluid balance. It’s also about making you more self-aware and recognizing things you may be doing that could be contributing to your discomfort.
We welcome you to bring your baby to the treatment, in fact, it is common to check both mother and baby, as ones welfare is directly affected by the other.