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Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

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Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …

A Special Gift Just for Moms

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Mother’s Day is this weekend and in celebration of all mothers, I am sharing important information about health and nutrition that will support fertility, optimize pregnancy, help moms thrive in the postpartum healing and continue to support their health for many years to come. I compiled some helpful resources for you to implement or share with a mom you know! …

7 Things Medical School Didn’t Teach Me About Postpartum (And Your Doctor Probably Didn’t Share)

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Any mom knows … motherhood is a crazy journey full of hard days, even harder laughter, and unexpected lessons learned along the way. I decided to write down some of what I experienced that medical school did not prep me for and the common concerns that many of my patients share with me (that is, once we close the office …

6 Ways to Support Your Adrenals After Baby

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If there is one universal piece of advice that I give to all moms it is—Support Your Adrenals Postpartum! Postpartum adrenal fatigue is serious. You may have been warned about the massive fluctuations in hormones after childbirth. The fallout from the rapid drop in estrogen and progesterone in the weeks following birth results in different symptoms for different women. The biggies …

Postpartum Detox Body Scrub

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Guest Post by Rachael Pontillo of Create Your Skin Care There are many reasons for new moms to be tired and not feel their best after having a baby, whether it’s their first or fifth. Obviously lack of sleep and stress plays a big part, but increased hormone activity is also largely responsible as it affects emotions and also uses …

8 Ways to Eliminate Postpartum Depression and Be Free of “Mommy Brain”

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Are you experiencing brain fog (or “mommy brain”), fatigue, depression, or you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease? Then I have some actionable tips to reduce inflammation and get your brain back! With this blog, I will give you the tools to know how to get rid of postpartum depression and more! If you know my work, then you know …

Why I Advocate for Better Postpartum Care

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Many of you know that I am a postpartum care advocate. (Yeah, I’ve only been talking about it since the birth of my son 4 years ago!) It was through my experiences as a doctor and a mother that I came to recognize the lack of care provided to new mothers. Before I ever had my son, I spent time …

5 Ways to Improve Your Early Postpartum Health

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Women rarely are prepared for the months that follow labor and postpartum care. Sure, you studied up on what you should eat during pregnancy, the prenatals, the safest carseat and really, all things baby. But did anyone talk to you about how to optimize your recovery from childbirth?

Postpartum Thyroiditis

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Fatigue, weight loss or gain, anxiety and irritability are all just part of being a mother, right? Not necessarily. In fact, when these symptoms persist, postpartum thyroiditis is a likely suspect.  While we expect there to be some level of fatigue, many mothers find themselves in my practice after being told their severe exhaustion, debilitating anxiety and fluctuations in weight …

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