Preparing the Soil
Taking time to ensure optional health prior to conceiving is important to aid in a healthy pregnancy, to prevent a miscarriage, and to feel your best during the pregnancy itself. Dietary counselling, identifying vitamin/ mineral deficiencies, correcting thyroid conditions, and addressing hormone imbalances are all important steps in pre- pregnancy planning. Ensuring optimal nutrition, hydration, and identifying any pre-existing conditions that may hinder conception are vital to success. Adequate thyroid function, iron and Vit B12 stores, and optimal progesterone production, for example, are important to prepare for healthy conception and pregnancy. Miscarriages happen more frequently in the first trimester. Low progesterone, high prolactin, and auto-immune conditions (to name a few) can predispose a women to higher rates of miscarriage. Identifying these situations prior to conception may decrease the chance of suffering from a miscarriage.
We believe in “preparing the soil”. The doctors at Integrated Health Clinic have been helping women since 2000, to prepare for and maintain healthy pregnancies.
Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Supplementation needs, diet planning, and lifestyle modifications are all addressed in pre-natal care. Pregnancy often brings with it many new symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, insomnia, itchiness, blood sugar dysregulation, headaches, and restless legs, to name a few. As a pregnancy develops, vitamin and mineral needs change. We offer support and supplementation advise for three trimesters of a pregnancy.
Nutritional needs change dramatically once pregnant. As caloric and nutritional needs increase, often nausea and lack of appetite co-exist. This makes it challenging to meet nutritional and hydration needs, and there are many treatment options available.
Other common concerns that we treat during pregnancy are: leg cramps, insomnia, low/high blood pressure, headaches, restless legs, carpal tunnel, yeast infections, and common colds/ flus. Iron deficiency anemia effects approx 30% of all pregnant women.
Our doctors at IHC work complementary with midwives, obstetricians and maternity doctors, not in replacement of. Naturopathic Physicians in B.C, do not deliver babies, and are not a replacement for these essential services.
Post- natal care
post-natal care is a vulnerable and overwhelming time for a lot of new parents. Hormones are changing, sleep patterns greatly disrupted, and supplementation/ dietary requirements have again changed. We offer virtual visits regularly for our postpartum patients. In person well baby exams and post part physical exams help to ensure proper growth and the new born and optimal recovery for the new mom.
Give us a call at 604-888-8325 for more information.
Conditions Commonly Treated:
- Hyperemesis gravidum (Nausea)
- Muscle cramps/ restless legs
- Post partum Depression
- Low milk production
- Hormone Imbalances
- Iron Deficiency
- Targeted Supplementation
- IV & Injection Therapy
- Bioidentical Hormone Balancing
- Iron Infusions
Specialized Lab Testing:
- Non- Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)- Lifelabs
- Omega 3 status- pregnancy and breast milk
- DUTCH Adrenal – Precision Analytical
- Comprehensive Hormone Insights (CHI)- RMA
- Comprehensive Nutritional Panel – Spectracell
- MTHFR gene – ReproSource