Nothing says sunshine to me like sun tea. This ruby color from the hibiscus and it’s tart taste, combined with the fresh flavor of mint, is the perfect complement to the green, mineral tasting nettles that’s nourishing to your uterine tissue, blood vessels, and overall health. For a half gallon jar I use a nice handful of dried stinging nettles leaf (they don’t sting when they’re dry), and a bit less than a handful each of dried peppermint leaf and hibiscus flowers. (I don’t recommend hibiscus during pregnancy; use dried rose hips instead - you still get a lovely red color and tart taste - and they’re rich in vitamin C, too). Place into the jar, fill with water (I’m on a well so I fill the jar straight from the tap), cover, and place in a sunny spot for 1 to 4 hours. Strain into a pitcher with ice and lemon for a refreshing iced tea, or cut 1/2 and 1/2 with sparkling water for a ruby red mocktail. The tea keeps in the fridge for 2 days. Salud!
No mama goes into her birth thinking it will be a traumatic experience. Yet as many as 40% of women find themselves struggling to process aspects of their birth experience that ‘didn’t feel right’ or in which there was outright with mistreatment or abuse. For some women, recognizing and processing this can take days or years - showing up as depression, anxiety, resentments, fears, flashbacks, postpartum sexual challenges, parenting challenges, and more. For a smaller number of women, the trauma is so significant that PTSD is diagnosable.
Whether your birth went physically smoothly but you were left in some way feeling disempowered, hurt, or abandoned, you experienced interventions that were unexpected and even, unfortunately at times, against your will, trauma during birth is rarely spoken about and even more rarely supported.
Today (5/22) at 2 pm ET I will be offering a class on birth trauma - what it is, why it happens, how to know if you have it, and what you can do. This class will then be followed, next week, by an interactive healing circle and workshop to give you the next level tools you need to bring to deeply heal from your birth in whatever ways you need.
To watch today’s class you can either join our private facebook group at the link below (where you’ll also find past classes, supportive PDFs + videos, and a community of wonderful mamas), or head to my stories for the zoom link.
I look forward to gently supporting you thought this process.
If you’ve spent any time hanging out with me in a podcast, article, or event I’ve offered, you know that while I use integrative and natural therapies as my first go-to whenever possible – I’m not one to jump onto wellness fads and trends. In fact, quite the opposite; I speak out against falling into the trap of these when we’re desperate for anything to work. I’ve walked away from lucrative offers and well-connected relationships when companies – or individuals – were peddling wellness BS, sometimes even when they have an MD after their name.
But when there’s evidence suggesting that something might help, it’s generally safe when used as recommended, and has the added plus of affordability, I do think it’s worth exploring further – and in this case, adopting as a preventative health measure.
The evidence is now becoming quite compelling that vitamin D’s immune-modulating effects, including reducing inflammation, may be relevant to the risk of developing COVID-19, COVID-19 respiratory response and cytokine storm, and disease severity. Learn how to support and protect yourself and your family.
If you’re a new momma and you’re tired - well, sometimes that’s part of the job description - especially having babies in nuclear families, and in COVID-19. But if you’re really wiped out, depressed, not losing any baby weight, having sleep troubles, or other symptoms, it could be your thyroid - and it’s worth learning more.
Cynthia, one of my patients, was so relieved when she found out hypothyroid was causing her symptoms. She came to me pregnant with her second baby. It had taken her 6 years to decide to get pregnant because she had such a devastating experience of postpartum depression after her first baby – all because of a missed diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Within 6 months of giving birth to baby #1, she gained 25 pounds on top of the 50 she’d gained in pregnancy. She was exhausted all the time, and felt terrible that she was often too depressed to truly enjoy her baby. Everyone told her: Oh, it's just normal, you're a new mom! After a year of suffering she started to wonder if she was crazy – and if she was ever going to recover. She finally found a doctor who appropriately diagnosed her with hypothyroidism, got her on medication, and her life was once again hers, but because of the trauma she was terrified to have another baby.
Cynthia's story may be on the extreme in terms of the 75-pound weight gain, but I've heard some version of this story hundred of times.
Hypothyroidism, which primarily affects women, is a notoriously under-diagnosed condition. The fact that the symptoms are so similar to what a woman might feel in the postpartum period – fatigue, overwhelm, hair loss, trouble losing baby weight, anxiety, and trouble sleeping - makes it more likely that the diagnoses will be overlooked, with symptoms chalked up to a normal part of motherhood.
If you’re wondering if it’s just ‘being a new momma’ (even if your baby is a year old!) or your thyroid - check out my article/podcast at the link below and please join me today for a Women’s Wellness Wednesday at 2 pm ET to chat about thyroid health in pregnancy and new moms. You can Ask Me Anything. You don’t have to suffer in silence.
Did you know that most women in their childbearing years are low in these nutrients and that this can impact cycle health, fertility, and pregnancy?
🔸 Vitamin E
🔸 Vitamin D
🔸 Folate/Folic acid
Whether you’re trying to conceive the ‘old-fashioned way,’ you’ve started on a fertility treatment journey, or your fertility treatments are on hold due to the current pandemic, there’s a lot you can do to supercharge your fertility. At the top of the list of important strategies to support you becoming pregnant is getting onto an optimal fertility diet.
There’s a wealth of data that shows our diets can make a powerful contribution to getting (and staying) pregnant. And where there are many reasons for fertility challenges, including PCOS, endometriosis, anovulatory infertility, and other causes, what you eat can have a profoundly positive impact on most root causes of fertility problems. What we do – or don’t – eat influences everything: your menstrual cycle regularity, ovulation egg quality, the health of your uterine lining, your immune system, and your gut and vaginal microbiome - all of which influence fertility.
The foods above are some of the ‘food as medicine’ fertility powerhouses that I recommend adding to your diet or emphasizing if you’re already paying attention to eating healthy in order not just to get pregnant, but stay pregnant, have a healthy pregnancy, and optimize baby’s health.
Want to learn more about the optimal fertility diet - the same one that my patients have successfully used to get pregnant - even after years of trying? Check out the link below:
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