40 Weeks to Forever

Optimizing Your Health During Pregnancy

Episode Summary

Women undergo a lot of changes throughout the entire pregnancy journey. We try to ensure that everything we do and consume from this point on is healthy and beneficial to our budding little one. But not all have access to the information needed to navigate these transitions and adjustments properly. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the journey from preconception to postpartum as smooth sailing as possible — and one of these is naturopathic medicine. In this episode of 40 Weeks to Forever, Dr. Courtney Clayson-Russell talks about preparing your body for pregnancy through naturopathic medicine. She also discusses navigating the early pregnancy period, including morning sickness, prenatal vitamins, and movement. Then, she shares natural ways to induce and how to prepare mentally and physically for postpartum healing. If you want to find out how to optimize your health and prepare for all stages of your pregnancy, then this episode is for you! Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode: 1) Find out the benefits of naturopathic medicine in all stages of pregnancy. 2) Learn natural ways to induce labour. 3) Discover crucial aspects of navigating the fourth trimester and postpartum healing.

Episode Notes

Episode Highlights

[01:13] Preparing the Body for Pregnancy

Dr. Courtney: “Preconception—so the time before you're trying to conceive is so optimal because we can change our health and our future baby's health.”

[02:36] Handle Morning Sickness With Naturopathic Medicine

[04:09] On Prenatal Vitamins

[06:51] Getting the Support of a Naturopath

Dr. Courtney: “If you're not getting necessarily what you need from your medical provider, there's definitely someone who will advocate for you. It’s just it can be a little bit of finding them, which is the hard part.”

[09:30] Why a Balanced Diet and Nutrition is Important During Pregnancy

[12:00] Exercising in the First Trimester

[14:11] Natural Ways to Induce Labor

[18:17] Acupuncture and Flipping Breech Babies

[20:33] Preparing for the Changes in the Fourth Trimester

[25:19] Postpartum Healing

[29:06] Dr. Courtney's Final Advice

Dr. Courtney: “Getting yourself set up with someone if you have the means, I think, is so important. It doesn't actually have to be a naturopath—it can be a pelvic floor physio, a psychotherapist, even a chiropractor, or someone again who just knows your story, knows your journey, and knows you and what you want, and can support you no matter what.”

About Dr. Courtney

Dr. Courtney Clayson-Russell is a naturopathic doctor, birth doula, and entrepreneur. Courtney has a special focus on women's health, particularly fertility and pre/postnatal care, and is sensitive to the unique challenges women face today. Specifically, she specializes in nutrition, supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and physical therapy. She is also the creator of Well Baked Box and Fecunditas Fertility.

If you want to know more about Dr. Courtney and her work, you can connect with her on her website or on Instagram.


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