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Healthy & Natural Pregnancy

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Healthy & Natural Pregnancy

Give your baby a head start, by supporting your pregnancy through safe and natural methods. 
If you’re thinking of having a natural pregnancy, naturopathic medicine has many safe treatment options for common symptoms experienced during pregnancy. There are also natural methods to prevent and treat more complicated problems such as gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia and more.

From the moment of conception there are many factors that can affect the health of your unborn child – stress, diet, genetics, environmental factors, medications and more. 
While some things you might not have control over, there is actually a lot that can be done to support your baby’s development in utero, and prevent disease. For example, the mother’s nutrition plays a pivotal role in the development of the baby’s brain and immune system. Did you know, that taking a high quality fish oil during pregnancy can actually improve the health of your baby’s brain cognitive development? Additionally, research shows that probiotics taken during pregnancy can actually reduce the incidence of atopic ailments like allergies, eczema and asthma in children.  With some guidance, you can have a personalized supplement and nutritional plan to support both your health and your baby’s optimal development during pregnancy.

Not only can your unborn baby benefit from naturopathic treatment, but a mother can benefit tremendously from having naturopathic care. Pregnancy is a life changing experience, so it’s important for these months to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Feeling healthy and well during this time can make the biggest difference in this experience. 

With regular visits throughout pregnancy, you can have your questions answered, learn about natural & healthy living for you and your baby, discuss concerns about vaccination in an open un-biased environment, improve your diet and health, address acute symptoms or concerns that come up, and prepare your body for a healthy and safe delivery.

I also attend births as an added support for your labor, to ensure proper labor progression, prevent the use of unnecessary intervention, provide pain management through acupuncture & homeopathy, as well as post-partum care, breastfeeding support and more. 
Naturopathic doctors do not deliver babies – they are only there to support you, while your midwife or OB are the primary care providers for pregnancy and labor. Please contact me for more information about pricing for labor attendance and pregnancy packages.

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About the Author:

Dr. Priya Prakash, MSc, ND, is a Naturopathic Doctor based in Ottawa, Canada. She blends her passion for healthy living and her skilled scientific background with effective natural healing methods. Her unique approach to primary health care involves addressing the body, mind and spirit, while incorporating current scientific research to guide her treatments.